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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
(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 »
"Darkness" of plotting is too obvious...nothing but cheap thrills...
If this is supposed to be a horror film that makes any sense at all, that's news to me. DARKNESS is not a typical film of its kind except for one thing--the quick flashes of disturbing images is what constitutes all the horror. The rest is in the mind of the viewer who is supposed to figure out what all the nonsense means.
It's a cheap trick--employing artful camera shots of disturbing images without filling in any of the explanations until the last twenty minutes or so, is really a lame experiment because nothing really adds up when you stop to think about it.
What starts out as a horror movie about a small family moving into a country house in Spain and experiencing strange goings on, is set up as straightforward supernatural horror until you realize that nothing much is about to happen despite the ominous surroundings and images of supposedly dead people that permeate the house.
It's really no more than a cheap exploitation film, which the filmmakers hoped nobody would notice if they gave the photography some class and talked ANNA PAQUIN and LENA OLIN into the main roles of combative mother and daughter.
Like everything else in the story, the ending is an ambiguous one which leads me to suspect the writers were thinking of a sequel. I hope not. Once is quite enough!
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