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The Dark (2005)

R  |   |  Horror, Mystery, Thriller  |  26 January 2006 (Germany)
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In mourning over the tragic drowning of their daughter Sarah, James and Adèle are visited by Ebrill, a young girl who claims she died 60 years ago - and bears a startling resemblance to Sarah.



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Cast overview:
Sophie Stuckey ...
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Richard Elfyn ...
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Young Dafydd
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Gwenyth Petty ...
Robin Griffith ...
Police Inspector
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Rib Skipper
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While in Wales visiting her husband James, Adèlle tries to fix her relationship with her teenager daughter Sarah. They see a weird memorial without the plate and with the name "Annwyn" marked, and the local Dafydd explains that this would be the place where people go after dying in accordance with the Welsh mythology. Later, Sarah vanishes on the beach and the daughter of the local fanatic shepherd, Ebrill, who died fifty years ago, appears in her place. Adele makes a research trying to find how to rescue her daughter from Annway. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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One of the living for one of the dead.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violent/disturbing images and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

26 January 2006 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

A múlt titka  »

Box Office


£3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$773,079 (Brazil) (13 January 2006)


$74,297 (Mexico) (21 July 2006)

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1.85 : 1
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Surprisingly good except the sound work
7 March 2006 | by (Moscow, Russia) – See all my reviews

The most disappointing thing about this movie is sound FX work. While every other crew member tried to avoid clichés and worked minimalistic the sound operator did his best exactly in the opposite direction. Sure he was proud of himself - every possible library sample from "Horror FX" folder (squeaks, boos, bangs and so on) has been employed at times "to make it scarier".

Otherwise the movie is surprisingly good. Cold and dark Welsh mythology, no fun. Acting is full of nuances. Scares are delivering (reminded me feelings of "Ju-on" (Japanese original of "The Grudge")). No major holes in script, everything is logical, worked in great detail. The climax is overloaded a bit with twists, but except the last one (too confusing way of depicting it) is impressive anyway.

My deepest respect to the cameraman for that catch of the Northern landscapes beauty, for the tricks with focus, for many unusual angles and meaningful use of color FX. That chapter in Annuun treated in sepia is simple and convincing - bravo!

8 marks for the well-worked atmosphere, fresh scares, interesting story, eye pleasures, serious attitude and creativity.

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