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Alone in the Dark (2005)

R  |   |  Horror, Sci-Fi  |  28 January 2005 (USA)
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Based on the video game, Alone in the Dark focuses on Edward Carnby, a detective of the paranormal, who slowly unravels a mysterious events with deadly results.


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Craig Bruhnanski ...
80's Sheriff (as Craig Brunanski)
Deputy Adams
Dustyn Arthurs ...
James Pinkerton
Brad Turner ...
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Edward Carnby, detective of the paranormal, unexplained and supernatural, investigates a mystery (the recent death of a friend) with clues leading to "Shadow Island" that brings him face to face with bizarre horrors that prove both psychologically disturbing and lethal, as he discovers that evil demons worshiped by an ancient culture called the Abskani are planning on coming back to life in the 21st century to once again take over the world... and only he and a young genius anthropologist with an incredible memory (and his ex-girlfriend), Aline Cedrac, stand in their way, at a gateway to hell. Standing in Carnby's way, however, is the impact that a brief encounter with an evil spirit called the Queen had upon his mind, as he slowly finds himself overpowered by the forces of darkness as they eat away at his very sanity... Written by Me

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

28 January 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Alone in the Dark - O Despertar do Mal  »

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Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$2,834,421 (USA) (28 January 2005)


$5,132,655 (USA) (11 February 2005)

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Technical Specs


(Unrated Director's Cut) | (edited)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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[first lines]
Prof. Lionel Hudgens: [narrating] In 1967, mine workers discovered the first remnants of a long lost Native American civilization - The Abkani. The Abkani believed that there are two worlds on this planet, a world of light and a world of darkness. 10,000 years ago the Abkani opened a gate between these worlds. Before they could close it, something evil slipped through. The Abkani mysteriously vanished from the Earth. Only a few artifacts remained, hidden in the world's most remote places. These artifacts...
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Spectacular Crap-fest
28 January 2005 | by (Pasadena, MD USA) – See all my reviews

I don't know where to begin. Tara Reid needs to be stopped before she's put in another movie. Stephen Dorff looks like he got his character's motivation from Val Kilmer in "Top Gun". Slater sleepwalks through this dreck. The direction, editing, sound (do we really need a heavy-metal video in the middle of a gunfight?), costumes (bulletproof vests with muscles on them), and hey, there's no discernible plot either. It amazes me that no one attached to the project stopped and said, "hey guys, this just doesn't make any sense, let's start over". Hopefully Slater's career can rebound from this disaster.

Hands down the worst film I've ever seen.

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