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Darkness -- A woman who lives in a darkened old house with her two photosensitive children becomes convinced that her family home is haunted.


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Release Date:
25 December 2004 (USA) See more »
Some secrets should never come to light See more »
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Anna Paquin ... Regina

Lena Olin ... Maria

Iain Glen ... Mark

Giancarlo Giannini ... Albert Rua

Fele Martínez ... Carlos
Stephan Enquist ... Paul
Fermí Reixach ... Villalobos (as Fermi Reixach)

Francesc Pagès ... Driver Traffic Jam

Craig Stevenson ... 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
Mattew Dixon ... Boy 5
Carlos Castañón ... Friend 1
Carles Punyet ... Friend 2

Reg Wilson ... Librarian
Ferran Lahoz ... Taxi Driver Regina
Pedro Antonio Segura ... Patient Traffic Jam
Astrid Fenollar ... Old Woman 1
Lidia Dorado ... Old Woman 2
Clara Manguillot ... Old Woman 3
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
David Martí ... Man Sleeping on Bus (uncredited)

Directed by
Jaume Balagueró 
Writing credits
Jaume Balagueró (written by) and
Fernando de Felipe (written by)

Miguel Tejada-Flores (additional dialogue)

Produced by
Carlos Fernández .... executive producer
Julio Fernández .... producer
Teresa Gefaell .... line producer
Guy J. Louthan .... executive producer
Bea Morillas .... secretary of production
Antonia Nava .... co-executive producer
Bob Weinstein .... executive producer
Harvey Weinstein .... executive producer
Brian Yuzna .... creative producer
Brian Yuzna .... producer
Original Music by
Carles Cases 
Cinematography by
Xavi Giménez 
Film Editing by
Luis de la Madrid 
Casting by
Elena Arnao 
Matt Western 
Production Design by
Llorenç Miquel 
Set Decoration by
Deborah Chambers 
Silvia Steinbrecht 
Costume Design by
Eva Arretxe 
Makeup Department
Alma Casal .... makeup department head
Nieves Martin .... hair stylist
Satur Merino .... hair stylist (as Saturnino Merino)
Brad Wilder .... makeup artist: Anna Paquin
Production Management
Jake Myers .... executive in charge of production: Dimension Films
Nick Phillips .... executive in charge of production: Dimension films
Carla Pérez de Albéniz .... unit manager
Jesús L. Pérez Villar .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Luis de la Madrid .... second unit director (credited only as editor)
Anna Rua .... second assistant director
Rita Rubio .... third assistant director
Iñaki Sánchez .... second second assistant director
Fernando Sánchez-Izquierdo .... assistant director
Art Department
Pedro Jesús De la Fuente .... construction coordinator
Paco Escofet .... assistant set decorator
Jordi Huguet .... storyboard artist
Mani Martínez .... set construction assistant (as Mariano Martinez)
José Luis Moya .... construction coordinator
Ramón Moya .... construction manager
Joan Sabaté .... property master
Gustavo Suñer .... props
Antonio Sánchez-Romo .... supervising carpenter
Félix Álvarez .... painter
Sound Department
Manuel Carrión .... foley artist
Dani Fontrodona .... sound
Manel López .... boom operator
Manel López .... sound editor
Salva Mayolas .... sound
Ferran Mengod .... dialogue editor
Jordi Monrós .... foley recordist
Marc Orts .... sound re-recording mixer
James A. Puig .... sound consultant: Dolby (as Jaume Puig)
Special Effects by
Xavi Bastida .... special effects makeup: DDT crew
Spencer Gray .... special effects assistant
Daniel Izar de la Fuente .... special effects technician
Daniel Izar de la Fuente .... special liquid effects assistant
Taller Maravillas .... special effects
David Martí .... special effects
José M. Meneses .... special effects technician: DDT
Amador Rehak .... special effects
Juan Serrano .... special effects technician: DDT SFX
Visual Effects by
Gloria Bernabeu .... digital compositor
Martin Contel .... CG artist
Jordi Costa .... cg artist
Luis de la Madrid .... visual effects editor
Laura Maynadé .... digital effects coordinator
Quico Noizeux .... scanner/recorder
Quico Noizeux .... title graphics
Jaume Vilaseca .... visual effects supervisor
Mónica Consuegra .... stunts
Ángel Plana .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Ferran Calvó .... second assistant camera
Albert Carreras .... camera operator
Francesc Carreras .... first assistant camera
Oscar Faura .... director of photography: second unit (as Óscar Faura)
Manel Fernández .... lighting technician
Javier González Leonardo .... grip
Javier González Leonardo .... key grip
Charly Guerrero .... grip
Javier Guerrero .... best boy electrician
Marc Gómez del Moral .... second assistant camera: second unit
Juan Carlos Gómez .... first assistant camera: second unit
Sebastián Hernandis .... underwater camera operator
José Manuel Herrero .... underwater camera operator
José Ángel Manrique .... grip
Kike Martínez .... electrician: dailies
Roger Martínez .... first assistant camera
Diego Moyano .... electrician
José Luis Rodríguez .... gaffer
Ramón Sánchez .... Steadicam operator
Manuel Zambrana .... still photographer
Casting Department
Matt Western .... casting: UK
Costume and Wardrobe Department
María Engo .... additional wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
Félix Bueno .... post-production assistant
José Calderón .... negative cutter
Sean Hubbert .... additional editorial assistant
Bernat Vilaplana .... first assistant editor
Oskar Pérez .... post-production coordinator (uncredited)
Other crew
Eduardo Albaladejo .... management of rights: Filmax Entertainment
Allan Baker .... story editor
Vicente Canales .... head of sales
Ingrid Fernández de Castro .... production assistant
Mariana Gironella .... script supervisor
Elizabeth Himelstein .... dialect coach: Ms. Paquin
Richard Hyland .... production accountant
Alberto Marini .... development executive
Alberto Marini .... director's creative assistant
Mary Kay McCoy .... dialogue coach
Manuel Monzón .... development executive (as Manuel Monzón Fueyo)
Helena Moreno Núñez .... development executive
Martin Samper .... making-of
Martin Samper .... marketing and promotion
Elena Serra .... development executive
Elisa Sirvent .... location manager
Elisa Sirvent .... production assistant
Ursi Van der Herten .... assistant: Brian Yuzna
Manel Vicaria .... press and promotion
Matt Western .... director: UK
Alberto Álvarez .... production assistant

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Dark" - USA (festival title)
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Rated R for terror/violence and language (original rating)
88 min | 103 min (Unrated Version)
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:16 | Australia:M | Australia:MA (original rating) | Brazil:14 | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Chile:14 | Finland:K-15 | France:-12 | Germany:16 | Iceland:16 | Ireland:15A (cut) | Japan:PG-12 | Mexico:B15 | Netherlands:12 | Philippines:R-13 | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:NC-16 | Singapore:PG (cut) | South Korea:15 | Spain:13 | UK:15 | USA:PG-13 (edited for re-rating) | USA:R (original rating) | USA:Unrated (unrated DVD version)

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 »
Crew or equipment visible: 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 »
Paul:I don't like the dark here, it keeps eating my pencils.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Benchwarmers (2006)See more »


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71 out of 107 people found the following review useful.
An acquired taste, 27 June 2005
Author: mentalcritic from Southern Hemisphere

Darkness was purchased for distribution in 2002 as what appears to be a tax write-off on the part of Dimension Films. It has yet to see so much as a straight-to-video release in Australia, and appearances suggest that in spite of Anna Paquin's minor stardom, it never will. This is a pity, because Jaume Balagueró's economical approach to making a horror film is something that we need more of in today's box office. Like Tobe Hooper before him, Balagueró gives the viewer short bursts of scenery for the imagination to use as a foundation. Everything that scares the viewer in this film is the product of their imagination, which might go some way to explain the poor reception it appears to have had on the IMDb. Trusting in the imagination of your audience is a risk, especially when a large part of that audience has been indoctrinated against using theirs by twenty or more years of eMpTyV. Put simply, the reception Darkness suffered in the US market can be attributed to a clash of cultures.

This is not to say the film is not without flaws. The first half hour in particular comes across as a collection of scenes without transition. This is something that occurs often in British television, where people are shown doing things in different places with nothing to explain how they got there. Those who have seen Lock, Stock, And Two Smoking Barrels or any of the Law & Order series will have some idea of what I am talking about. In comedies, this can help reduce the lag time between laughs. It can also help dramas function effectively in scope. In the case of Darkness, unfortunately, it can leave the viewer in some state of confusion as to what is meant to be happening, or the chronology of events. Subtitles are occasionally flashed across the screen to indicate what day of the week it is, but this leaves the events of the film seeming to not fit.

The acting, on the other hand, is top-notch. I am not ashamed to admit that the entire reason I bought the DVD is because of how prominently Anna Paquin was featured on the cover. The entire film rests on her slender shoulders, and she carries it heroically. Lena Olin and Iain Glen give Anna plenty to bounce off, and they all make it seem as though they thoroughly enjoyed working together. Stephan Enquist is, naturally, the weakest link in the main cast, but he holds up his end of the story with a grace you rarely see in one so young. Granted, the scenes he appears in are more or less specifically tailored to him, but this is only natural. This film is the only credit listed under his name on the IMDb, so it is possible that he never even had any plans to become an actor in the first place. He is more of a plot device than a character, but he fills that role very nicely. Giancarlo Giannini appears to have bounced back nicely from Hannibal, and proves that he can deliver a great performance when the script is right.

Rather than cover up the holes in the story or its execution with a hodge-podge of computerised graphical effects. Darkness, on the other hand, relies upon practical effects in order to deliver what some might call the money shots. Lights flicker on and off in predetermined sequences, subliminal images rocket across the screen to disorient the viewer, and sound is effectively placed or mixed in order to place the viewer in the scene. The only practical effect here I can seriously object to is the manner in which Jaume Balagueró shakes the camera during some of the scenes that are meant to be high-tension. This is the first time I have seen this despicable move during a European film, and Darkness in particular reminds me of how the technique throws me out of the picture. It reminds me that I am watching a film or DVD, not a family acting out a crisis before me. It's a shame that I have to even mention this, because the other effects in the film deliver far more punch.

As I tried to make clear, this film is very much an acquired taste. Fans of Paul Verhoeven's work in the Dutch film industry will have little trouble adjusting to the Spanish stylings of Darkness. Those who are only acquainted with the American film industry will have a little more trouble, in spite of the fact that in terms of content, Darkness differs little from most American fare. It is the little things, such as the casting or the ability to show things that America's attempts to appeal to everyone disallows, that make Darkness stand out. Sure, it is a standard horror formula, but the fact that it has not been attempted in this manner for some time is a bonus. The twist ending is hardly a surprise, but it does add an unusual edge to the proceedings. In spite of some very conventional material, the end result is anything but.

In all, I gave Darkness an eight out of ten. There is plenty that it does wrong, but there is also so much that it does right. While I don't recommend it for a look at foreign film industry, I do recommend it if you need to see that an effective horror film can be made for less than a hundred million dollars.

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