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This is a low-budget horror film so generic you'll forget everything about it, including its title, just hours after watching it.
Although the script is stuffed with eerie objects and happenings, there is a sense of restraint that keeps "Darkness Rising" from becoming frightening.
As blandly forgettable as its title.
While there's no reason to hate this effort, I can't say there's any reason to like it, either.
Generic haunted-house story will have trouble standing out from a crowded summer theatrical environment.
There is some great - not just good, but genuinely great - gore effects in Darkness Rising. But it sucks. It sucks a lot, and as much as I've got an affection for Katrina Law after spending so much time with her in Spartacus and Arrow, she is not a great actress, not in general and not in this, and she's still the best actor of the bunch. There might have been a solid idea here once, and there's obviously some talented people working somewhere behind the scenes, but even if you're a diehard horror fan, you can skip Darkness Rising altogether.
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