In The Dark Half

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Average Rating: 2.7/5

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Critic Reviews for In The Dark Half

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  • As a calling card for director Alastair Siddons, it's polished and impressive. As an experience, it requires slightly more patience than it consistently rewards.

    Aug 9, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Textbook supernatural shenanigans, confusingly edited.

    Aug 9, 2012 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Siddons maintains a threatening atmosphere and crafts suggestively with silence.

    Aug 7, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Dave Calhoun

    Time Out
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  • Boasting a stand out performance from relative newcomer Jessica Barden, Siddons' first narrative feature blends two quintessential British sub-genres (rural mythological horror and kitchen sink, social realism) with varying success.

    Feb 1, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • A little more invention and Siddons might have created a cult smash. Instead, we're left using words like "promise" and "potential".

    Aug 31, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Well played and creepy, if a little plodding in plot and pacing, it promises better things ahead from director Alastair Siddons.

    Aug 12, 2012 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for In The Dark Half

Atmospheric but confused, this strange hybrid of mysticism, suburbia and grief has an unusual winter colour pallet, some fantastic sound design and a couple of good performances. It reminded me in places of Wake Wood, Admissions, Lucky McKee's The Woods and Session 9, which probably makes it sound more derivative than it actually is. The promise of good things to come from the director.

Daniel Parsons
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