Directed by Jaume Balagueró, Darkness follows father and husband Mark (Iain Glen), his wife (Lena Olin), and their two children (Anna Paquin and Stephan Enquist) on their move to an outwardly quaint country home. Though the initial housewarming party is widely celebrated by neighbors, their houseguests become steadily fewer as a series of creepy happenings indicate that the house is home to more than their family. Sure enough, the lights begin to flicker incessantly on and off, while Mark's Huntington's disease makes a comeback after a ten-year dormancy. Regina (Paquin) expects that the problem stems from the house itself, but no one believes her. Determined to prove her case (particularly after mysterious noose marks begin to appear on her brother's neck), Regina decides to pay a visit to the man (Fermi Rexach) who built the house to begin with. ~ Tracie Cooper, Rovi
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I don't understand what other people were looking for in this movie.Maybe they were expecting a hack and slash.I think this is one of the best supernatural thrillers I have ever seen.I LOVE to be scared.But,not many movies have actually succeeded at it. This movie was quietly creepy. It had many parts that have been done in many other movies and can come across as contrived.But, it was written very well.From the family dynamic to the topic of child abuse and it's affects on the family. Also, the use of lighting was superbly creepy. I literally turned my lights on to write this review.I think what most people are missing is the realism, yes realism of the acting.Another thing, this movie had the best ending I have ever seen!I think the reason that people were upset with it is because it wasn't warm and fuzzy.Also, the lack of a body count was nice.No random people dying b/c of some moral reason.I HIGHLY RECCOMEND THIS FILM!
Okay, this movie was really difficult to follow. There was a secret, the characters that knew the secret weren't telling or helping. I thought perhaps I wasn't paying attention because the story line was completely chaotic. Therein lies the beauty of this movie. It's supposed to be confusing. It's suspenseful and plays on your mind and what you think may be going on. You are supposed to be lost because most of the characters are throughout the movie. This movie requires some thought, but too much thinking will get you in trouble. There's little to no CGI in this and I think that is one of the best things in the movie. It's eerie, creepy and a litte crazy all rolled into one. It's an intellectual scare that will make you think twice when the lights go out.
This is not your typical horror movie...it's slower, more atmospheric than in your face, and the plot gets a little convoluted...BUT, the visuals are EXCELLENT, it's creepy in all the right places, it leaves you guessing, it has a very unusual ending...if you actually appreciate movies, than this is a GREAT PICK!!