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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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The same old thing See more (344 total) »


  (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 »
Regina:Since when are you afraid of the dark?
Paul:Everything is different here.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Benchwarmers (2006)See more »


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12 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
The same old thing, 3 May 2005
Author: Roland E. Zwick ( from United States

In terms of its storyline, "Darkness" is pretty much like every other haunted house movie ever made. We start off with the usual unsuspecting family of four who find themselves knee deep in ghouls and ghosts the moment they move into their new residence (the family is American and the home is in Spain in this outing). Of course, anyone in his right mind would hightail it out the door two seconds after setting foot in the house - but not this group! They want to hang around to see what "happens." It is Oscar-winner Anna Paquin, as the moody but perceptive teenaged daughter of the clan, who gets to have her name above the title here - a dubious distinction at best, I'm sorry to say.

"Darkness" has just about all the standard accoutrement's one would expect to find in a film on this subject. In addition to the perpetual thunderstorm taking place outside and the electricity that keeps going out on cue, we also have the self-activating toys, the strange voices on the telephone, the ghostly images on photographs, the father who becomes exponentially more psychotic in every scene in which he appears, and the mysterious old man with the limp who shows up out of nowhere and seems to hold the key to everything. Seasoned veterans will be able to predict just about every hackneyed setup and cliché a full hour before it officially arrives on screen. For instance, we just know, without room for quibble, that the minute the mother brings home a box of colored pencils for her delighted little boy to play with, the tyke will start drawing strange and disturbing pictures to help push the plot points along. It's practically de rigueur when it comes to films in this vein. (However, I must say, in all fairness, that the movie does NOT include the cat-jumping-out-at-the-audience scene, which is pretty much standard issue for every horror flick these days. The filmmakers DO earn some bonus points for that).

Paquin makes for a feisty heroine, and it isn't really her fault that her character always seems to be ten giant steps behind the audience in figuring it all out. And as to the "What the *&$%?" ending - well, it's either so brilliant that it is beyond the ken of mere mortal man to figure out, or it's one of the biggest final curtain stumbles in horror movie history. I have my own personal notion as to which of those two it really is, but I'll let you figure that one out for yourself. After all, I have to leave you with SOMETHING interesting to do while you're watching this film.

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