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The Dark Lurking (2009)

The eight remaining survivors of a secret research facility barricade themselves away from a horde of ancient and deadly creatures.


(as Greg Connors)


(as Greg Connors)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tonia Renee ...
Bret Kennedy ...
Roslyn van Doorn ...
Dirk Foulger ...
Anthony Edwards ...
Davyd Williams ...
Cassia Rosenstraus ...
Communications commander
Christian Newling ...
Communications officer
Kit Sivyer ...
Communications tech
Gregory Connors ...
Rico (as Greg Connors)
India Gaythwaite ...
Female scientist
Ulrik Strodl ...
Stephen Daddow ...


Something has gone terribly wrong at research station 320, a secret research facility one mile beneath the earth's surface. All communications are gone, all means of escape destroyed and an extremely dangerous horde of rapidly mutating ancient flesh eating creatures are consuming everything in their path. Eight survivors of the outpost, two research subjects, three mercenaries, two research technicians and a medic barricade themselves inside a remote area of the facility with little food, almost no means of defense and little hope of rescue. Their one possible escape route is through thirteen levels of terror that will lead them to the surface. And one of them is not who they seem to be, but the darkness itself which has taken human form. Written by Anonymous

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Action | Horror | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for bloody horror violence/gore and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

10 October 2011 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Alien vs Zombies: The Dark Lurking  »

Box Office


$1,000,000 (estimated)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film is considered an Ozploitation picture, an Australian exploitation movie. See more »


During the shootout in the vents when a zombie apparently crawls on the ceiling towards M.T Dare you can see an orange emergency light on the ground that clearly indicates that the image is flipped because all the other lights hang from the ceiling. See more »


Jen: There is so much wrong with you, you crazy bitch.
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A piece of...
18 August 2011 | by (Denmark) – See all my reviews

Is this a joke or is the joke on us?

The first problem one will encounter once this film is rolling is the setting: the film is extremely dark and mostly hard to watch. This, of course, contributes to the restless and uneasy mood it tries to set, but it takes that idea to the next level - a level that didn't need to exist. The lighting is, however, the least of your worries. Ye be warned.

Technically the film is ruined by the camera angles and editing. It is very rare to actually see anything, not only because of lighting, but also due to an extremely fast paced editing and very, very close close-ups which destroys your ability to appreciate the action. When they try to pull off a montage it seems rushed and lacks the polish perfected by nearly every other director out there. Also the costumes lacks inspiration. The audio-visual elements of the film is just distasteful. Its a #¤%& mess.

Another problem is the acting. The acting goes beyond being bad, it manages to set the lowest score I have ever experienced. The characters are shallow and uninteresting. Their actions are, to some extent, credible but the performance will constantly be a pain in the behind. At first, at least, but then it actually gets kind of funny, and hopefully you'll spend more time laughing than crying. But. Believe you me: this is the worst acting you have ever seen.

The story is just as thin as you'd expect. It brings nothing new to the table and never manages to be anything other than uninspired. It lacks the depth and suspense we have come to love in this genre. Suspension of disbelief is a term widely known but in this film it would be the annihilation of disbelief. It's simply not scary, interesting or even logical. The characters do silly things to keep the plot moving along at the viewer's expense and endurance, and this becomes extremely troublesome. The film is only 1 hour and some 30 minutes but trust me: it feels like an eternity.

This film must be avoided by anyone, unless you're looking for the perfect blueprint on what not to do.

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