Darkness (2002)

PG-13  |   |  Horror  |  25 December 2004 (USA)
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A teenage girl moves into a remote countryside house with her family, only to discover that their gloomy new home has a horrifying past that threatens to destroy the family.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Stephan Enquist ...
Fermí Reixach ...
Villalobos (as Fermi Reixach)
Driver Traffic Jam
Paula Fernández ...
Girl 1
Gemma Lozano ...
Girl 2
Xavier Allepuz ...
Boy 1
Joseph Roberts ...
Boy 2
Marc Ferrando ...
Boy 3
Josh Gaeta ...
Boy 4


There's something in this house... Something ancient and dark that remains still, hidden and silent. It can only wait, having been concealed in the shadows for years. In fact, its milieu is darkness. Only in it can it show itself and move. It even takes its name: DARKNESS. It's lived here since someone tried to call it, more than forty years ago. Because this house hides a secret, a terrible past, an inconceivably evil act... Seven children, faceless people, a circle that must be completed. And blood, lots of blood... Written by Anonymous

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Some secrets should never come to light See more »



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for disturbing images, intense terror sequences, thematic elements and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 December 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Dark  »

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Box Office


$10,600,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,141,223 (Spain) (11 October 2002)


£102,154 (UK) (18 March 2005)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Miramax/Dimension had paid $4 million for the rights to distribute the movie in North America and some other territories, but then shelved it for more than two years. The company gave the film a US theatrical release at Christmas 2004 after heavy editing to secure a PG-13 rating. See more »


(Around 23 minutes into the movie) Regina comes down the stairs and sees that her dad has found a secret room under the stairs. Her father comes out holding a picture apparently very interested. Regina asks her father, "What's that?" looking at the space under the stairs. We then see a still frame where just barely, you can see Regina's father still in the space looking at the picture even though he had just stepped out of that area. See more »


Carlos: Where is Regina?
Albert Rua: At her house. In hell.
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Referenced in The Benchwarmers (2006) See more »

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User Reviews

Do not go gently into that dark night
19 June 2005 | by (New Westminster, Canada) – See all my reviews

My friend Clio and I saw "Darkness" for the first time on DVD, and we both agreed that it's one of the more interesting entries in the horror/suspense genre in recent years. The lead actors - especially Anna Paquin, Lena Olin, and Giancarlo Gianinni - do stellar work, and the young boy who plays Paul could give Haley Joel Osment acting lessons.

I found the movie suspenseful right from the beginning, never knew what was going to happen next, and thought throughout, "I don't know who to trust!" with my suspicions flying back & forth between the dad - someone presented to us a a father with a history of mental illness, the 'obvious'villain; his wife, played by Lena Olin, who has a built-in mistrust factor thanks to her chilling ice-in-her-veins portrayal of Sidney's mom on "Alias"; the grandfather, played smoothly and charmingly by Giancarlo Gianinni; and even the boy friend.

This film was written and directed by an independent film-maker,and the combination of the suspenseful, tight script; the keen-edged performances by the actors; the director's use of editing within the camera, and using lighting, to achieve special effects;and his variable pacing, all contribute to make "Darkness" a worthy entry in the horror/suspense genre, and NOT AT ALL like the usual, big-budget American schlock.

I highly recommend this film, available on DVD.

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