Darkness Reviews

January 8, 2007
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.
Top Critic
June 24, 2006
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.
September 26, 2005
A plodding, portentous horror thriller in which a spooky child figures prominently and people speak in hushed tones about sinister doings.
January 15, 2005
January 5, 2005
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.
December 30, 2004
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
Should have been left to molder in Miramax's vast vault of horror-movie stiffs.
December 29, 2004
It's unoriginal, frequently incomprehensible and cheaply made, and moviegoers should avoid theaters that show this film just to eliminate the chance of walking in accidentally.
December 28, 2004
Moments hint at a metaphoric statement on child abuse, but the film proves mainly to be a commentary on poor electrical wiring.
December 28, 2004
Although director Balaguero displays a talent for spooky visuals and creating an atmosphere of quietly simmering tension, his screenplay (co-written by Fernando de Felipe) is a compendium of barely connected scenes that ultimately lapse into incoherence.
December 27, 2004
Though pic boasts decent perfs, potent atmospherics and eye-catching visuals, both psychology and plot are bargain-basement.
December 27, 2004
Every aspect of the film is slipshod and second-hand.
December 27, 2004
Offers no inventive takes on its characters, shows no fearsome new way of presenting a haunted house and elicits not one palpitation from audiences paying for a few good jolts.
December 27, 2004
Too mechanical to be either persuasive or scary.