Dark Skies Reviews
The fundamental problem with Dark Skies cannot be ignored so I'll just get it out of the way: this is essentially another Blumhouse supernatural horror film, but rather than ghosts this time it's aliens. It follows all the supernatural horror clichés like a roadmap, and while I love supernatural horror films, seeing them so shamelessly followed in this wasted potential has finally led me to realize I'm kind of getting sick of them. Seemingly happy family, troubled older child, younger child with a strange connection to the ghosts aliens, weird s*** around the house that escalates, they go to see an expert on the subject who's played by an older and well-respected actor (hey there J.K. Simmons!), and those f***ing dream sequences!
To be fair there are a lot of things to like in this movie. It builds a healthy amount of tension and takes it's time to actually show you anything, which builds a sense of dread throughout; the performances are universally excellent even from the kids; there's some genuinely creepy lines to make your skin crawl delivered by J.K. Simmons; and I really liked the message of family. The message is noteworthy because often the best horror films have some other theme at their core. This is not one of the best horror films by far, but I did like that it used the aliens more as a template for anything that could tear this family apart and how to defeat them they needed to band together.
The problem is I just can't help seeing the wasted potential here. There's so much you could do with an alien horror film, and instead we get the most generic overdone horror clichés out there. I don't regret watching it, there was enough cool stuff in it to make it worthwhile and a couple genuine scares. But the wasted potential and those godamn motherf***ing dream sequences really grated on me. Stepping back though, for what it is, it's fine, just nothing special.