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Dark House (2009)

A troupe of actors hired for a haunted house attraction soon find that they are working in a true house of horror.

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Walston
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Claire
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Mrs. Darrode (as Diane Louise Salinger)
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Rudy
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Lily
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Eldon
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Bruce
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Ariel
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Paula
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Reed
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Samantha
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Moreton
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Brunette Woman
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Greg
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Harris
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Storyline

A young woman, Claire, who witnessed a massacre as a child goes back to the house in which it happens as part of a troupe of actors auditioning for roles within a haunted house attraction. As both new arrivals and old cast soon begin disappearing one-by-one, Claire is left wondering if the house really hunted or is there a killer amongst them.

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Rated R for horror violence and gore, language and brief nudity

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19 April 2009 (USA)  »

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Mračna Kuća  »

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Darin Scott originally wanted the ghost girl in the bathtub to come up out of a pool of blood. See more »

Goofs

When the virus enters the computer system, Harris is sprayed with glass when one of the monitors explodes, despite the fact that most flat screen monitors do not have glass fronts. He also blinks after he's died and fallen onto the keyboard. See more »

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No religious artifacts and/or texts were damaged or destroyed during the making of this film. See more »

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References The Return of the Living Dead (1985) See more »

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The Dark House
Written and Performed by Bryan Ross
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My toaster scares me more than this waste of time
30 August 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Reading some of the positive reviews that Dark House has received makes me wonder if there is something wrong with me, but then I remember: no, there is something wrong with this film.

I have always been a horror buff, so I forgive the inevitable cliché moments that are trademark to the genre. But I just found this film to be absolutely hollow. I was hoping for a fun spooky journey, but instead was served: shockingly bad acting (on some of their parts, not all), and a completely predictable, bland storyline. It felt like the equivalent of the not- funny uncle at a family reunion trying desperately to make everyone laugh; only in this case the aim was to scare.

By nature I am quite jumpy, even the sound of the toast popping out of the toaster can make me jump out of my skin. But I can honestly say I did not even flinch, and was bored to the point of comatose. I like it when horror movies look mildly makeshift or amateur, or have a grungy misguided feel, as it can make them more genuine and edgy; but this just looked like something pieced together by a bunch of pretentious film students assigned a last-minute project. Without adding any spoilers, all I can say is that the transitions, layering of footage, and the embarrassing fonts flashing up for the hologram error were like something a first- time filmmaker would put together in paint shop or movie-maker.

It's just a shame that with the advancements that have been made in the film industry, the visuals or atmosphere could not even compensate for the lack of storyline. I've seen films on much lower budgets, and made back in the day where there were no technical advantages, irrefutably better than this waste of time. I couldn't even laugh at it.


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