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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Mark
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Stephan Enquist ...
Fermí Reixach ...
Villalobos (as Fermi Reixach)
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Driver Traffic Jam
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Electrician
Paula Fernández ...
Girl 1
Gemma Lozano ...
Girl 2
Xavier Allepuz ...
Boy 1
Joseph Roberts ...
Boy 2
Marc Ferrando ...
Boy 3
Josh Gaeta ...
Boy 4
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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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A house. A past. A secret. Will you dare enter? See more »

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

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25 December 2004 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,600,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£102,154 (UK) (18 March 2005)

Gross:

£102,154 (UK) (18 March 2005)
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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 »

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When Paul lines up his colored pencils a crew members hand can be seen with an air nozzle ready to make the pencil roll under the bed. See more »

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Paul: I don't like the dark here, it keeps eating my pencils.
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A good, unusual, and challenging film
7 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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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