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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
Lovecraftian horror returns to the screen in this interesting film.
Darkness (2002) (International Version) is an intense horror film about creatures and other unspeakable horrors that dwell within the shadows of a decrepit house. The story is also about a phantasmagorical event that occurred in the same area forty years before. It happened during a solar eclipse, an unusual phenomenon that occurs in the region every forty years. An American family moves into the house full of secrets. This family, like so many others has secrets themselves. What seems like an ordinary unit is fragile within.
Anna Paquin stars as the daughter who has doubts about the longevity of this "happy" household. Lena Olin co-stars as the mother whilst the dude from the first Tomb Raider plays the father. He does a good job as a man who's frail psyche is on the verge of a total meltdown. Ms. Olin is great as the mother in total denial. Paquin takes the movie into her capable hands as the lead actress. I happen to like this movie after watching it a second time. A very layered film with many references and thematic overtones of one of my favorite writers H.P. Lovecraft. The filmmakers do a better job of portraying his work than most who try and do a straight forward presentation.
I haven't seen the edited American release (and I probably don't want to) but the international version is a visual treat for any true fan of horror. I have to recommend this film. The Lovecraft themes and the acting from the cast as well as the superb direction make this one a fun film to watch.
Highly recommended (International version only).
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