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Darkness (1993)

Video  -  Horror  -  1993 (USA)
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A small community is besieged by vampires. After he watches friends ravaged in a convenience store, a lone avenger goes off to do battle with the undead, armed with shotgun, chainsaw, and Holy water. Later he finds other survivors and they try to stay alive long enough to do battle with Liven, king of the vampires. Written by Ed Sutton <>

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Even the dead will scream.




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Apocalyptic Horror Vol. 3: Even The Dead Will Scream
5 August 2008 | by (Tallahassee, Florida) – See all my reviews

The only thing darker than darkness, is Leif Jonker's Darkness. If you haven't seen this and are frustrated by the fact that all the good low-budget horror movies were made before the 90's, then you are in for quite a treat. Darkness is raw, untampered with horror, in it's purest form, relying on only the necessary elements of horror, well, that and a few dozen gallons of blood. The result is nothing short of apocalyptic. If there's a better "shot on video" movie than this, anywhere, I'd love to see it.

When this nightmarish masterpiece begins, we don't know where this takes place, or when, all we know is that there is something to run from and all we can see, other than some guy running, is Darkness. The rant we hear from this guy, when he arrives at the gas station, makes you think the world could be ending, nope, it's only a vampire. Liven soon invades the gas station, and he takes all their blood for himself, except the guys friend, Toby, who gets away. Getting away, only to stop some of the carnage by killing the ones, in his town that Liven has killed and converted, before it's too late. Toby meets up with some teenagers who have lost their families to all the pitch black madness. Together, they go out into the darkness to stop some of this, and maybe track down Liven and put an end to this, once and for all.

If any of that sounds appealing at all, you'll be thrilled to know that Darkness is probably the third or fourth goriest film in history. Another thing Darkness has going for it is a chilling score that will literally make you shiver. This movie gives you a dismal, hopeless feeling, as if all is truly lost, that these people are fighting the vampires for nothing. The gun shots even sound like thunder. I assume very little lighting was used on purpose, because it adds so much to the horror quality, and never mind the movie is called Darkness. Darkness is a masterpiece of horror, B-horror, or just film-making all together.

Now, on to the The Vampire Version. In my view, you can't fix what is not broke, swaying from the original vision is no way to treat a masterpiece. Although the Original Version is a masterpiece, the Vampire Version is still, at the very least, a damn fine horror movie. What truly makes the original so much better is the score, it's a much better fit, it adds that extra hopelessness, the new music belongs in something totally different. Are you serious? I don't want to know that it's 37 minutes till sunrise, this version lacks the aura of mystery that the original possessed. Also, the Vampire Version is too cleaned up, pristine, and colorful, whats good for Hollywood trash isn't necessarily good for indy horror, considering all that, I still give The Vampire Version 10/10.

Now, back to The original Version. I love this movie, Leif Jonker's Darkness is my all-time favorite horror film, it's what so many others were always going for, but only one guy got it right. Hopefully, Jonker will get the sequels right, although, somehow I doubt it, a black diamond like this only comes around once in a lifetime, although Im sure Vampire Ferox & Vampire Apocalypse will be awesome. Frankly, I'm getting awfully impatient. I first heard abut the sequels 2 years ago, and still, nothing. I suppose I can see how someone could mistake some of the genius of Darkness as slow, or boring, there's certain parts that you just don't know what's going on, but, that's just part of the mystery. If your'e sick of the same old "normal", big-budget horror, then you might not hate Darkness. I give the darkest film in existence, The Original Version 10/10.

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