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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
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Darkness is not a movie for everyone. Released in 1993, shot for around $5000 on 8mm film, and totally devoid of professional hands, it's a home-made horror masterpiece that, to me, equals other low-budget classics like The Evil Dead.
The story is straight-forward: a small town is overrun by bloodthirsty vampires, and the only way to survive is to take chainsaw, shotgun, and holy water in hand and destroy as many of the undead as possible. The acting and writing aren't great and at times the lighting isn't completely satisfactory, but where Darkness shines is its excellent 80s- 90s soundtrack and insanely over-the-top gore. There is blood by the gallon pouring, spraying, and bubbling at any given moment as the body count steadily rises and the viewer quickly realizes that this is the purest of splatter movies.
Darkness isn't perfect, but for a movie made by teens using less money than most movies would spend on a single monster costume, it's pretty damn good. It's one of my favorite horror movies of the 90s and deserves its status as a cult classic. Unfortunately, the movie is becoming increasingly hard to find as its out-of-print DVD (which contains "The Vampire Version" of the movie, a director's cut of sorts) vanishes from online stores. If you can get your hands on a copy, consider yourself very lucky to own one of the best amateur horror movies ever.
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