Down a Dark Hall

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Down a Dark Hall is more stylish than scary, although its foreboding atmosphere may raise a few goosebumps among younger viewers.

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Five emotionally fragile teens are committed to Blackwood, a mysterious school for gifted girls. Mesmerized by the intense head mistress Madame Duret, they think they have found a place where they can finally flourish academically and artistically. The mystery deepens as they break through layer after layer of misdirection to discover the true, horrifying purpose of the school.

Cast & Crew

AnnaSophia Robb
Katherine "Kit" Gordy
Uma Thurman
Madame Duret
Kirsty Mitchell
Ginny Gordy-Dabrowski
Rebecca Front
Mrs. Olonsky
Noah Silver
Jules Duret
Jim Sturgeon
Dave Dabrowski
Rodrigo Cortés
Director
Chris Sparling
Screenwriter
Adrián Guerra
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Isaac Klausner
Executive Producer
Núria Valls
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Critic Reviews for Down a Dark Hall

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (13) | Rotten (13)

  • Down a Dark Hall eventually goes Down a Convoluted Tunnel, with some admittedly creepy but also just plain crazy sequences.

    August 17, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Rodrigo Cortés' mild supernatural mystery often feels like an incomplete genre exercise; one that reluctantly tiptoes around its "Suspiria"-for-teens premise.

    August 17, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • This is a decent modern Gothic thriller handled with sufficient style and a straight face by genre ace Cortés.

    August 17, 2018 | Full Review…

    Dennis Harvey

    Variety
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  • The scares might not satisfy those old enough to vote, but it should provide mild chills for its target audience.

    August 16, 2018 | Full Review…
  • With each new element, "Down a Dark Hall" reveals itself, with improbable delight, to be genuinely strange - a movie in which viewers can pick their own pleasure, no two spectators having exactly the same experience.

    August 16, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Ultimately, Down a Dark Hall falls victim to familiar teen horror tropes: a brooding lead with a heart of gold, predictable jump scares, wincingly bad romantic tension, and obvious villains.

    August 15, 2018 | Full Review…

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  • Jul 05, 2019
    AnnaSophia Robb and Uma Thurman lead the cast in the supernatural horror film Down a Dark Hall. Based on a bestselling book, the story follows a rebellious teenage girl who's sent to a reform school for troubled youth called Blackwood, but she soon discovers that something strange is going on and begins to suspect that she and her fellow students are being used for some nefarious purpose. Robb gives a fairly good performance and director Rodrigo Cortes does an impressive job at creating an atmospheric mood. However, the storytelling is a little weak and lacks strong villains. Also, the supernatural isn't really played for scares, and the scares that are there seem a little out of place. Still, despite its problems, Down a Dark Hall is a creepy thriller full of mystery and intrigue.
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