Darkness (2004)

Darkness (2004)



Critic Consensus: 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; something ancient and wicked; something looking for retribution; a force as bottomless and hungry as the dark itself. Now, darkness is closing in on Regina's family, and she's their only chance for survival.
PG-13 (for disturbing images, intense terror sequences, thematic elements and language)
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Iain Glen
as Mark
Lena Olin
as Maria
Anna Paquin
as Regina
Giancarlo Giannini
as Albert Rua
Fermí Reixach
as Villalobos
Francesc Pages
as Driver in Traffic Jam
Craig Stevenson
as Electrician
Gemma Lozano
as Girl 2
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Critic Reviews for Darkness

All Critics (53) | Top Critics (14)

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.

Full Review… | January 8, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

A plodding, portentous horror thriller in which a spooky child figures prominently and people speak in hushed tones about sinister doings.

Full Review… | September 25, 2005
AV Club
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | January 5, 2005
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | December 30, 2004
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

Should have been left to molder in Miramax's vast vault of horror-movie stiffs.

Full Review… | December 30, 2004
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Darkness


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.

Jacob Palacio
Jacob Palacio

Super Reviewer

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 lights....it's like the movie has freakin ADD. This movie needs some medication. The potential was there, but everything else was not.

Japes .
Japes .

Super Reviewer

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.

Lewis C.
Lewis C.

Super Reviewer

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