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When "The Dark" clicks (which is often), it's a moving and poetic tale about how neglect and abuse can turn people into freaky beasts, and how love can bring them back.
This is weighty material for a slim film, and the direction by Justin P. Lange is heavy-handed. Mina and Alex seem less like teenagers and more like case studies with traumas rather than personalities.
On its own terms, writer-director Justin P. Lange's debut feature (with DP Klemens Hufnagl credited as co-director) is well-crafted and well-acted.
If you need some visual inspiration, maybe give this film a watch. Otherwise, this is a hard pass.
The Dark is a novel, intriguing riff on myriad monster tropes - zombie, revenant, werewolf, serial killer - that remains its own defiantly ghastly thing.
Deftly delivers a tragic, hopeful story about the resilience of human beings and the healing power of the positive connections we have to one another.
There are some very good horror moments and nice set-ups, but it's the relationship between Mina and Alex which really centres the film.
Feeling very much like a zombie spin on "Let the Right One In," filmmaker Justin P. Lange expands his short film "The Dark" with artful results.
Strong directorial flair, believable make-up work, a tragic tale, and powerful performances prove that The Dark could very well be the next Let the Right One in.
Elegant, even beautiful, when it regards Alex and Mina silently in their brief space together... Yet whenever it leaves that space, be it through flashback or some other external contrivance, its deficiencies in script and performance become clear.
The Dark is an unusual and refreshing film that was definitely one of the biggest surprises... at Fantasia.
There are many foul and twisted charms to savor throughout, thanks to solid cinematography, fine editing and an engaging turn from lead actress Nadia Alexander.
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