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Dark Water (2005)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Horror, Thriller  |  8 July 2005 (USA)
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A mother and daughter, still wounded from a bitter custody dispute, hole up in a run-down apartment building. Adding further drama to their plight, they are targeted by the ghost of former resident.



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Dahlia Williams and her daughter Cecelia move into a rundown apartment on New York's Roosevelt Island. She is currently in the midst of divorce proceedings and the apartment, though near an excellent school for her daughter, is all she can afford. From the time she arrives, there are mysterious occurrences and there is a constant drip from the ceiling in the only bedroom. There are also noises coming from the apartment directly above hers, though it would appear to be vacant. Is the apartment haunted or is there a simpler explanation? Written by garykmcd

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Dark water conceals darker secrets. See more »


Drama | Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material, frightening sequences, disturbing images and brief language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

8 July 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Agua turbia  »

Box Office


$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$9,939,251 (USA) (8 July 2005)


$25,472,967 (USA) (7 October 2005)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Water can be seen in nearly every single scene of the film wether it be rain water, dark water, humidity, or a device such as a toilet or washing machine. See more »


After Dahlia dumps out the first bucket of water that has dripped from the ceiling, the sink is flooded with dark water. The next shot showing the sink has drops of clean water, and no dark water residue anywhere in sight. The water in the sink had not been turned on yet, so there should not have been any clean water in it. See more »


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Referenced in Doctor Who: Dark Water (2014) See more »


Written by Mike Gallagher and Marc Ferrari
Performed by Mike Gallagher
Courtesy of Marc Ferrari/MasterSource
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This is a beautiful film
9 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have never posted a review on this site, but I feel that I should inform some people on "Dark Water".This is NOT a horror film.Yes,it's being marketed that way but it's not.This is a drama about a mother and daughter trying to make it on their own with a bit of a ghostly twist.Jennifer Connelly is amazing and has become one of my favorite actresses.In this,she is strong and fragile.She almost made me cry once or twice as she tried to hold things together and convince herself that she is not crazy.The little girl playing her daughter is sublime;The next dakota fanning maybe. This film is slow paced,there are NO big scares,no blood-just tension and mystery under the surface.The pace brings you to really care about the characters and not root for dahlia because it's Jennifer Connelly,but because it's Dahlia.It has one of the saddest yet hopeful endings I've seen in a while.This stands head and shoulders above "The Ring" (which I liked) and "The Grudge".Give it a try if you're looking for a good drama.

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