The mutilated body of a six year old girl is found in a water hole. The girl is identified as the missing daughter of Claudia. However, only two peices of evidence could be used to identify... See full summary »
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
Twenty-three 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 »
Since when are you afraid of the dark?
Everything is different here.
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I was very pleasantly surprised upon seeing Catalan director Jaume Balagueró's «Darkness». Contemporary Hispanic cinema, especially Catalan cinema, has purposely taken specific film genres (mystery, thriller, noir, etc.) and given them a new twist. Another technique is to mix several genres and thus create something new or unexpected, like Guillermo del Toro's «Chronos» or «Blade II», which combine horror (a vampire story) with science fiction. In this respect, «Darkness» is a Gothic film (unusual for Spanish cinema) that has elements of mystery and horror. It is not, however, a horror film in the way a US movie might be. In fact, a better comparison may be made between this film and, for instance, «The Grudge», or, better yet, «Ju-on», the original Japanese horror film on which «The Grudge» was based. Unlike them, however, «Darkness» tells a coherent story and is very subtle in how it presents the mysterious slowly (day by day, literally). I was on the edge of my seat throughout the whole film, for the hints were delivered slowly, which added to my state of tension or terror. The film also has several alternative sequences which seem to have confused the spectators. One might wish to be guided by Albert Rua (Giancarlo Giannini), who tells Regina (Anna Paquin) that the Darkness will take care of things. Hence, there is one sequence of events ruled by the Darkness, and another one which is independent of it. This practice, which is not that unusual (think of «Run Lola Run», with three alternative sequences, or even «Don Juan DeMarco», with two) may prove confusing to the spectator. However, it adds to the mystery and to the interest the movie presents. I would recommend at least two viewings. Iain Glen as Mark is absolutely superb, as are Lena Olin as Maria and Giancarlo Giannini as Albert Rua. I would recommend «Darkness» to anyone wanting to watch a good, unusual, and challenging film.
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