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Darkness (2004)



Average Rating: 2.7/10
Reviews Counted: 53
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 51

Yet another predictable variation on the hoary old haunted-house movie, Darkness is an illogical, portentous mess.


Average Rating: 2.1/10
Critic Reviews: 14
Fresh: 0 | Rotten: 14

Yet another predictable variation on the hoary old haunted-house movie, Darkness is an illogical, portentous mess.



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Three weeks ago, just before the lunar eclipse, American teenager Regina and her family moved into a charming old house in the remote Spanish countryside. Since then, nothing has been the same. Day by day, a strange force seems to be pulling the family apart and Regina is the only one brave enough to search for answers. However, she is about to discover the answers to all her questions lie deep within the walls of their new home: something has been waiting here for her family's arrival;



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Apr 26, 2005


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All Critics (53) | Top Critics (14) | Fresh (2) | Rotten (51) | DVD (18)

As in most bad horror flicks, intimations of unspeakable evil are supposed to distract us from the yawning gaps in story logic and character motivation.

January 8, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Even as the darkness closes in, there is never any real sense of dread. The slow-burning terror soon fizzles out, as does the damp squib of an ending.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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A plodding, portentous horror thriller in which a spooky child figures prominently and people speak in hushed tones about sinister doings.

September 26, 2005 Full Review Source: AV Club
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We know that the house is haunted, because the family who's just moved in has to deal with the lights always flickering out. They should have called the movie The Fuse Box Horror.

January 5, 2005 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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Plot elements exist for their own sake, with little or no explanation or relationship to each other, leaving the story such a muddle that it's hard to tell if the actors are doing their jobs.

December 30, 2004 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News
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Should have been left to molder in Miramax's vast vault of horror-movie stiffs.

December 30, 2004 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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There's the draw from the audience of potential scares and the good cast, but there's nothing ever delivered to us.

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

This baffling, unintentionally sidesplitting horror show has opened just in time to qualify as the worst film of the year.

August 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

...ultimately comes off as nothing less than a total disaster.

June 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

All of this, of course, would be forgivable if it added up to a scary movie or made even a lick of sense (chunks appear to have been cut out of a longer cut of the film), but Balaguero manages to disappoint on every possible front.

January 8, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Back to horror school for you, Señor Balagueró.

April 1, 2006 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

There's still a lot of European feel to Darkness, which can sometimes be off-putting to American audiences.

September 2, 2005 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

Too many plot and character lapses for comfort, even in the traditionally logic-flouting horror genre.

July 7, 2005 Full Review Source:

It's unfortunate that the film is called Darkness because this means it will soon be relegated to the Wal Mart bargain bin next to 2003's stinker Darkness Falls.

June 15, 2005 Full Review Source: FromTheBalcony

A good case of style over substance.

June 10, 2005 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Comment (1)
Combustible Celluloid

The film is dark, and a bit slowly paced in parts, but it's worth watching.

June 1, 2005 Full Review
International Press Academy

There's nothing very frightening about this shallow, stupid spookfest.

May 30, 2005 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness
Lessons of Darkness

The movie finally degenerates into a hopeless mass of mumbo-jumbo, silliness, and incoherence.

April 22, 2005 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

However, the fact that the creepy suspenseful atmosphere builds up to a risible climax where nothing remotely scary happens undermines all the good work that has gone before.

April 2, 2005 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

Darkness is a ridiculous film choked with genre clichés and stolen scares, yet there's something genuinely dark and nasty wrapped inside all that ridiculousness...

March 23, 2005 Full Review

incomprehensibly opaque and moronically over-projected

February 22, 2005 Full Review Source:

Tries to survive on an aura of unknown creepiness, but that's really just a nice way of saying that very little happens of any interest during the film.

January 16, 2005 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Yet another unremarkable tour through the rules and expectations of the modern horror genre -- another film that's not quite scary, not quite interesting, but a mindless diversion that plays its expected part in a cinematic transaction.

January 15, 2005 Full Review Source: Zertinet Movies
Zertinet Movies

Audience Reviews for Darkness

Such a suck ass movie.

The acting and script are so awful it makes me nauseous. The entire plot was horribly executed as well. It was such a boring movie.

I would also like the punch in the face whoever did the film editing. Some parts were trying to be suspenseful, but the film editing was so awful it seemed like the movie was having a seizure. In one part where the lights go off, the camera is focused on the father's bleeding hand, then it switches upstairs to the boy's room, then rushes outside and focuses on some swings in the rain (wtf??? so random), then goes back to the father's hand, then goes upstairs, then goes downstairs where the mother is trying to turn on the's like the movie has freakin ADD. This movie needs some medication.

The potential was there, but everything else was not.
December 7, 2010
Japes .

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Boring does not even begin to describe Darkness. Three times, I've attempted to watch the entirety of Darkness. Three times. The results? A brisk walk out of the movie theater after 20 minutes on attempt number one, a pleasant, unplanned nap after 24 minutes during attempt number two, and a quick trip to the garbage can to make a dvd "deposit" after the 30 minute mark on my final try. Netflix, I'm sorry I threw away your dvd, but I truly think that I did you (and the world) a favor.
March 16, 2008

Super Reviewer

This is an ok thriller/horror.....but it's one of those that is all about the build up with a slightly disappointing ending. If you like ghost story type films you may enjoy it more.
September 14, 2007

Super Reviewer

I thought the story to this was pretty good, but it just got really slow in some parts. But It's still a pretty good horror flick.
October 11, 2011
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