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Dark Skies -- As the Barret family's peaceful suburban life is rocked by an escalating series of disturbing events, they come to learn that a terrifying and deadly force is after them.
Dark Skies -- As the Barret family's peaceful suburban life is rocked by an escalating series of disturbing events, they come to learn that a terrifying and deadly force is after them.
Dark Skies -- As the Barret family's peaceful suburban life is rocked by an escalating series of disturbing events, they come to learn that a terrifying and deadly force is after them.
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  (in credits order)

Keri Russell ... Lacy Barrett

Josh Hamilton ... Daniel Barrett

Dakota Goyo ... Jesse Barrett

Kadan Rockett ... Sam Barrett

J.K. Simmons ... Edwin Pollard

L.J. Benet ... Kevin Ratner
Rich Hutchman ... Mike Jessop

Myndy Crist ... Karen Jessop

Annie Thurman ... Shelly Jessop

Jake Brennan ... Bobby Jessop (as Jake Washburn)

Ron Ostrow ... Richard Klein

Tom Costello ... Young Father

Marion Kerr ... Young Mother

Alyvia Alyn Lind ... Young Daughter

Josh Stamberg ... Police Officer

Tiffany Jeneen ... Protection One Operator

Brian Stepanek ... Security System Technician

Judith Moreland ... Janice Rhodes

Adam Schneider ... Young Husband

Jessica Borden ... Young Wife

Kenneth Meseroll ... Pete

Trevor St. John ... Alex Holcombe

Andy Umberger ... Doctor Jonathan Kooper

Michael Patrick McGill ... Ratner's Father

Josh Wingate ... Gun Salesman

Alexandra Anthony ... Naughty Cheerleader (as Alexandra Fulton)
Scott Anthony ... Naughty Teacher
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dexter the Cat ... Edwin's Cat (uncredited)
Roscoe the Cat ... Edwin's Cat (uncredited)

Salem the Cat ... Edwin's Cat (uncredited)

Elizabeth Kouri ... Nosey Neighbor (uncredited)

Sal Velez Jr. ... Gardner (uncredited)

Directed by
Scott Stewart 
Writing credits
(WGA) (in alphabetical order)
Scott Stewart 

Produced by
Jason Blum .... producer
Jeanette Brill .... co-producer (as Jeanette Volturno-Brill)
Bailey Conway .... associate producer
Phillip Dawe .... associate producer
Jessica L. Hall .... co-producer
Brian Kavanaugh-Jones .... executive producer
Charles Layton .... executive producer
Jeff Okin .... executive producer
Rick Osako .... associate producer
Matthew Parker .... line producer: NYC (as Matt Parker)
Scott Stewart .... executive producer
Bob Weinstein .... executive producer
Harvey Weinstein .... executive producer
Original Music by
Joseph Bishara 
Cinematography by
David Boyd 
Film Editing by
Peter Gvozdas 
Casting by
Rick Montgomery 
Production Design by
Jeff Higinbotham 
Art Direction by
David Dean Ebert  (as David King)
Shane Richardson 
Philip Salick 
Set Decoration by
Hernan Camacho 
Sandy Lindstedt 
Costume Design by
Kelle Kutsugeras 
Makeup Department
Jed Dornoff .... makeup artist
Michael Ezell .... Special make up effects: Project Manager: Fractured FX
Rachel Geary .... makeup department head: NYC
Anthony Gordon .... assistant makeup
Anthony Gordon .... makeup department head: Los Angeles pickups (as Anthony Gordan)
Jason Hayes .... hair department head: NYC
Brian Kinney .... makeup artist
Elizabeth Rabe .... assistant hair stylist
Elizabeth Rabe .... hair department head: LA
Justin Raleigh .... special make-up effects supervisor
Eleanor Sabaduquia .... makeup department head
Traci E. Smithe .... hair department head
Jill Warner .... purchasing manager: Fractured FX
Production Management
Laura Altmann .... production supervisor
Phillip Dawe .... post-production executive
Carly Hugo .... production supervisor: NYC
Rick Osako .... unit production manager
Tony Roman .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Heather Anderson .... second second assistant director
Matthew Vose Campbell .... first assistant director: New York City (as Matthew V Campbell)
Adam Druxman .... first assistant director
Danny Giles .... second assistant director: LA (as Daniel A Giles-Valera)
Craig Langus .... key second assistant director
Kerry McCrohan .... second assistant director: New York City
Art Department
Caroline Applegarth .... set dresser
Maï Arakida Izsak .... art production assistant
Isidoro Avila .... set dresser
William Boukhaled .... set dresser
Alexandra Carlo .... art department production assistant
Lance Clark .... set dresser
Ryan James Coombe .... set dresser
Jason Cortes .... set dresser
James A. Costello .... lead person
Peter DeCurtis .... lead person
Justin Denis .... art department production assistant
Humberto Garcia .... buyer
Morgan Gillio .... set dresser
Tory Harris .... set dresser
Marshall King .... art department production assistant
Michael King .... set dresser
Nathan Lasor .... art department intern
Donald Leone .... production assistant
Sammy Loreno .... set dresser
Jamie Maheu .... property master
Ed McGrady .... set dresser
Bruce Muller .... art department production assistant
Dejan Nikolic .... on-set dresser
Benjamin Nowicki .... art department coordinator
Jason Perrine .... graphic artist
Tina Rodas .... drawings: designer
Chris Rubin .... assistant art director
Patrick Spall .... assistant property master
Maria Sylvania .... on-set dresser
Brandon Tonner-Connolly .... property master: NYC
Daniel Tritto .... set dresser
Shanna Worsham .... set dresser
Sound Department
Robert Batha .... foley editor (as Rob Batha)
Robert Batha .... foley mixer
Cole Bluma .... boom operator
Rob Browning .... studio coordinator
Kelly Cabral .... supervising sound editor
Patrick Christensen .... adr engineer
Scott Curtis .... foley mixer
John D'Aquino .... production sound mixer: New York
Evan Daum .... adr mixer
Paul J. Diller .... sound effects editor
Sara Evans .... boom operator: LA
Eric Flickinger .... re-recording mix technician
Charles German .... sound utility
Judah Getz .... adr mixer
Doug Latislaw .... adr mixer
Dawn Lunsford .... foley artist
Zsolt Magyar .... sound mixer: LA
Craig Mann .... sound re-recording mixer
Jordan O'Neill .... Datasat sound mastering engineer
Aynee Osborn .... dialogue editor (as Aynee O Joujon-Roche)
Buck Robinson .... production sound mixer
Tom Ryan .... adr mixer
Daniel N. Salas .... sound editor
Michael Sana .... sound effects editor
Greg Sextro .... boom operator: New York
Frank Sharp .... additional voice recordings
Alicia Stevenson .... foley artist
Shane Sweet .... additional voice recordings
Jordan Wilby .... sound effects editor
Special Effects by
Tom Ceglia .... special effects technician
Mark Gullesserian .... special effects coordinator
Visual Effects by
Tommy Aagaard .... visual effects editor
David Altenau .... visual effects supervisor
Des Carey .... digital finishing supervisor
Antonio Chang .... compositor
Adrian Colbert .... visual effects colorist
William J. Cox .... digital compositor: FuseFX
Bruce Coy .... CG artist
Sammie Crowley .... visual effects production assistant
Chris Faczek .... compositor
Ryan Felix .... data manager
Jason Fotter .... compositing supervisor
Ignacio Garcerón .... CG artist
Eric Hayden .... compositor
Tim Jacobsen .... visual effects executive producer
David Kuklish .... on-set supervisor
Ari Levinson .... compositor: General Titles
Diane Macke .... visual effects production manager
Allen Martinez .... compositor: General Titles
Matthew Massarella .... compositor (as Matt Massarella)
Josh Miyaji .... compositor
Jason Piccioni .... bidding producer
Matt Resta .... visual effects artist
Dennis Sanchez .... system administrator
Philip Sisk .... compositor
Tiffany Smith .... visual effects producer: Fuse FX
Andrew Somers .... visual effects supervisor: General Titles
Evan Underwood .... CG artist
Matt von Brock .... CG supervisor: FuseFX
Brian D. Williams .... compositor
Kevin Yuille .... compositor
Michael Zavala .... visual effects coordinator: Hydraulx
Mickey Cassidy .... stunt performer (as Mic Cassidy)
Cat Doss .... stunt double
Chris Grabher .... stunt performer
Rob King .... stunt coordinator
Mandy Kowalski .... stunt performer
A. Jack Morocco .... stunt double (as Ashley Morocco)
Alena Sauko .... stunt performer
Dennis Scott .... stunt coordinator
John-Clay Scott .... stunt performer
Garrett Yohnka .... stunt performer
Camera and Electrical Department
Wesley Alley .... lighting technician
Adam Barbay .... key grip: New York
Scott Baty .... grip
Matthew Boda .... set lighting technician: Los Angeles
Carnell Clayter .... set lighting technician: Los Angeles
Dylan Conrad .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Joe T. Creep .... grip
Kaya Dillon .... best boy grip (as Kaya Moon Dillon)
Jason Duffett .... set lighting technician
Eric Fahy .... grip
Michael Fuchs .... camera operator: New York
Michael Fuchs .... steadicam operator: New York
Dan Fuller .... second assistant camera
Justin Gamboa .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Corey Gegner .... first assistant camera: New York
Bryan Gilbert .... grip
Brad Grimmett .... camera operator: "b" camera
Brad Grimmett .... steadicam operator
Ryan Huston .... dimmer board operator
Jordan C. Kadovitz .... video assist: re-shoots
Matt Kennedy .... still photographer (as Matthew Kennedy)
Mark Koenig .... chief lighting technician: New York
David Leb .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Amanda Levy .... camera loader
Michael Lobb .... second assistant camera: New York
Jake Magee .... set lighting technician
Oliver Mancebo .... digital imaging technician
Hayk Margarian .... video playback operator (as Hayk Margaryan)
Kevin Massey .... chief lighting technician
Jorge McAllister .... video assist
Sean C. Mehen .... key grip (as Sean 'Idahocartel' Mehen)
Peter Milmoe .... grip
Andy Motz .... best boy
Oliver Ogden .... grip (as Oliver Baker Ogden)
Michael Orr .... grip (as Mike Orr)
Dave Palestine .... dolly grip
Matthew Pearce .... camera operator: "c" camera
Chris Rauch .... grip
Scott Resnick .... digital imaging technician
Marcus Rey .... set lighting technician
Le Richardson .... best boy grip
Matthew T. Rodgers .... aerial camera operator
Gilbert Salas .... camera operator: "a" camera
Christopher J. Schuster .... aerial drone pilot: second unit
Mark Schwabel .... grip (as Mark Schwebel)
Michael Simmonds .... additional photographer
Michael Simmonds .... director of photography: New York
Kenny Solomon .... set lighting technician
Benjamin Steeples .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Robert Sterry .... video assist (as Bob Sterry)
Eric Stillions .... set lighting technician
Wayne Stroud .... dolly grip
Bryan Taylor .... best boy
Erica Thurlow .... grip
James Andrew Turpin .... best boy electric
Gary Webster .... first assistant camera: "c" camera
Mark Wright .... grip
David Zera .... grip (as Dave Zera)
Casting Department
Jordan Bass .... casting associate
Michelle Beatty .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joseph Castellanos .... costume production assistant (as Joseph Castellano)
Monika Darby .... set costumer
Tasha Goldthwait .... costume production assistant
Deirdra Elizabeth Govan .... costume supervisor: NYC (as Deidra Elizabeth Govan)
Pamela Lee Incardona .... costume supervisor
Cassiopeia Smith .... set costumer
Editorial Department
Tommy Aagaard .... first assistant editor
Aaron Becker .... title designer
Matt Blackshear .... digital intermediate editor
Des Carey .... digital intermediate producer
Michael Cioni .... digital intermediate manager
Peter Cioni .... digital intermediate manager
Dave Davenport .... assistant editor
Emily Eddey .... digital intermediate producer assistant
Monique Eissing .... digital intermediate finishing artist
Katie Fellion .... digital intermediate manager
Paul Geffre .... digital intermediate manager
Nathan Hankins .... assistant editor
Holly Isaacson .... editorial production assistant
Aaron Kroger .... outpost engineer
Nicholas Lareau .... outpost engineer (as Nick Lareau)
Kevin London .... digital intermediate systems administrator
Ryan McKeague .... digital intermediate assist
Ryan McKeague .... digital intermediate assistant
Keenan Mock .... digital intermediate assistant
Niccole Osborn .... post-production coordinator
Chris Peariso .... outpost engineer
Paul Rehder .... digital intermediate assistant
Lorena Talpan .... first assistant editor
Ian Vertovec .... digital intermediate colorist
Music Department
Lauren Aghajanian .... music preparation
Alisa Burket .... music assistant
Daphne Chen .... musician: viola
Mark Denis .... composer: Trailer Music
Richard Dodd .... musician: cello
Fernando Morales Franchini .... assistant engineer
Monte Namadio .... musician: bassoon
Julie Sessing .... music supervisor
Chris Spilfogel .... score engineer & mixer
Transportation Department
Carlos Aguilar .... driver (as Charles Aguilar)
Michael Avallon .... transportation
Angel Berumen .... driver (as Angel Beruman)
James G. Brill .... transportation captain
Mike Clark .... driver (as Michael H Clark)
Mike Clark .... transportation captain: LA
Amber Fox .... driver
J. Tom Jones .... driver
Bryan Lachance .... driver
Dennis Lape .... driver
James Messersmith .... driver
John Yarbrough .... transportation coordinator (as J D Yarbrough)
Other crew
Renetta G. Amador .... script supervisor
David Avila .... craft service
Ryan Babbs .... stand-in
Benjamin Scott Baker .... life guard (as Ben Baker)
Richard M. Bartholomay .... location manager: New York
Christina Beaumont .... assistant location manager
Aaron Becker .... title designer
Steve Berman .... completion bond
Jaeden Bettencourt .... photo double: Kadan Rockett
Kandice Billingsley .... location manager
Keith Blomberg .... assistant: to Mr. Blum
Rian Cahill .... assistant: to Mr. Kavanaugh-Jones
Carrie Cantore .... key assistant location manager
Justin Carville .... production accountant
Leon Cheo .... production intern
Jean-Paul Chreky .... script supervisor: New York
J.D. Chua .... production intern
Alison Cornwell .... financing: Alliance Films
Martin J. Cummins .... key assistant location manager (as Martin Cummins)
Martin J. Cummins .... key assistant location manager
Jonathan Deckter .... International Sales
Brett Donohue .... production assistant
Claire Doré .... cat wrangler
Melinda Eichberg .... animal trainer coordinator
Nora L. Ferris .... insurance broker
Eric B. Fleischman .... assistant: to Ms. Hall
Stuart Ford .... chief executive officer
Karen M. Fuchs .... first assistant accountant
Pablo C. Herrera .... craft service
Gary A. Hirsch .... production legal counsel
Doug Hodges .... production insurance
Randy Hua .... production financing
John Humber .... assistant: to Mr. Stewart
Lucas Isabella .... key set production assistant
Lynn Johnson .... set medic
Henry Johnston .... production assistant
Norm Jones .... set medic
Saher Khan .... financing: Alliance Films
Linda Ljoka .... loop group coordinator
Megan Lurty .... key set production assistant
Connor Lynch .... production assistant
Spyro Markesinis .... legal counsel: Alliance Films
Sabrina McClendon .... production assistant
Christopher McInerney .... production assistant: New York
David James McKenzie .... production assistant
Peter Musooli .... key set production assistant
Jonathan Nava .... catering assistant
Liliana Nava .... catering assistant
Ruben Nava .... chef
Julio Newman .... production assistant
Brandey Nicols .... assistant location manager
Brian Nitzkin .... business and legal affairs
Miguel Palos .... chief financial officer
Amy Paquette .... legal counsel: Alliance Films
Amber Perez .... production assistant
Chelsea Stardust Peters .... assistant: to Mr. Blum (as Chelsea Peters)
Bryant Powell .... stand-in: Josh Hamilton
Elizabeth Powell .... business and legal affairs
Scott Resnick .... digital imaging technician
Michael Roban .... finance and business affairs
Chris Ruiz .... production secretary: Los Angeles
Damian Schleifer .... insurance: errors and omissions
Frank Sharp .... loop group coordinator
Jeremy Sickels .... production assistant
Robert Standlee .... puppeteer
Sari Stewart .... assistant: to Mr. Stewart
Truman Van Dyke .... production insurance
Briana Venskus .... production assistant
Erin Vitali .... production coordinator
Carter Ward .... production assistant
Tony Whitmore .... life guard
Claire Wiegand .... craft service
Lauren Wilson .... business and legal affairs
Mandy Yaeger .... production coordinator: Los Angeles
Lois Yaroshefsky .... studio teacher

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Rated PG-13 for violence, terror throughout, sexual material, drug content and language - all involving teens
97 min
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Continuity: When Daniel announces he has a new job, the flowers repeatedly jump back and forth between his hands and Lacy's hands between shots.See more »
[first lines]
Title Card:Two possibilities exist... Either we are alone in the universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying. - Arthur C. Clarke
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57 out of 75 people found the following review useful.
Slow building nightmare, 3 March 2013
Author: mdnobles19 from United States

Being a fan of supernatural, science fiction movies such as Fire In The Sky, The Forgotten, Close Encounters Of The Third Kind, Knowing, The Arrival, Contact, Night Skies etcetera I had high hopes for Dark Skies. The result was a better than average genre mash up that borrows elements from the best including my all time favorite horror film Poltergeist. The story was gripping that involves a suburban family that we instantly relate to and care about, making the chilling events that follow effective and downright surreal. The film takes an old-school approach when it comes to developing the story and characters and delivering the frights, which might be too much of a slow burn for fans of fast paced horror flicks. I happen to like how the film took its time delivering the details and made it a suspenseful and mind boggling watch even if it raises more questions than answers. In real life though, there is events out there that were can't explain or have answers for, which makes this quote even the more true that showed at the beginning of this film: "Two possibilities exist: either we are alone in the Universe, or we are not. Both are equally terrifying." — Arthur C. Clarke

The performances hit it home for me even though it wasn't always as emotionally powerful as it should have been. Keri Russell isn't in enough movies as she should be, but when she does make a movie her performances are always genuine and for surprisingly her horror film, this role fits like a glove and gives a raw and layered performance. Keri plays wife and mother of two boys Lacy Barrett, who is a struggling realtor trying to make ends meet while her husband Daniel Barrett played effortlessly by Josh Hamilton, tries desperately to find a better job to support their family. Right away their peaceful suburban life is turned upside down when they become under attack by strange supernatural forces. The child stars of this film were also impressive. Dakota Goyo and Kadan Rockett give natural and unflinching performances as the sons Jesse Barrett and Sam Barrett, who are just as confused and terrified of the strange events as their parents, but also show their own coming of age story on the side. J.K. Simmons gives a standout performance as Edwin Pollard, a man that the parents turn to for help as he knows exactly what they are going through, for he has dealt with the presence for some time. His role could of gone on the silly side but it was handled with such seriousness that you to will be on the edge of your seat with his accusations.

Director and writer, Scott Stewart delivers a nice change of pace and more of a restraint here compared to his other films Legion, which I was one of the few that actually enjoyed it and Priest, which I haven't seen yet but want to soon. This type of style seems to be more of his niche and has a more plausible approach even if he doesn't have answers for but that's fine because in real life we don't as well. I like that he went with mood, suspense, characters and story over cheap scares, over use of CGI and gore which makes the film have an old-school vibe which brought me back to horror movies of the past like Poltergeist mixed with The X-Files, Close Encounters Of The Third Kind and Signs for instance. The Fact that he waits until the end to reveal the creepy beings make you sit in constant suspense, even though they could of done a much better job with their digital appearance and gone with more natural FX to make the reveal all the more terrifyingly effective. It could of been worse though so it was fine; the ending leaves you on a cliffhanger and has possibilities of a sequel in the future that I'm very intrigued by and hope they go through with one.

Overall, another horror movie out of left field that is way better than what most critics make it out to be. It's a shame that not a whole lot of people went to go see it, as it might be the more decent horror films of the year, so far at least. If you like slow burn horror movies with suspense, you will probably enjoy this but don't expect a whole lot of action or scares just a slow building nightmare.

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