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Dark Places (2015)

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Libby Day was only eight years old when her family was brutally murdered in their rural Kansas farmhouse. Almost thirty years later, she reluctantly agrees to revisit the crime and uncovers the wrenching truths that led up to that tragic night.

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Cast

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Young Libby Day
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Diondra
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Runner Day
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Trey Teepano (as J LaRose)
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Young Trey Teepano
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Diane
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Michelle Day
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Debby Day
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Magda
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Storyline

Libby Day is a lifeless woman who survived the massacre of her family in their farmhouse in the countryside of Kansas when she was eight. She's been living on donations and lectures ever since. Thirty years ago, the police believed that a satanic cult was responsible for the murder of her mother and two sisters, and her brother Ben was convicted with her testimony in court. Today, however, an acquaintance, Lyle Wirth, invites Libby to visit "The Kill Club", where amateurs investigate famous crimes, and she finds that they believe Ben is innocent. Libby needs money and, in return, accepts to revisit the slaughter of her family and comes up to the painful revelations and the ultimate truth. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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In 1985, her entire family was murdered. 30 years later, the truth emerges.


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Rated R for some disturbing violence, language, drug use and sexual content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

18 June 2015 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Lugares oscuros  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$208,588, 31 December 2015

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,090,852, 14 December 2016
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Released in the U.S. on Charlize Theron's 40th birthday. See more »

Goofs

Although it is only 1985, forensics at this time was strong enough to get fingerprints. Ben did not touch the gun throughout the entire movie, therefore he would have had no prints on it. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Libby Day: Ben learned something in his prison that I never learned in mine. Forgiveness. My mom told us to make a useful life. Nothing big. Nothing grand. Just a start. Finally, a start.
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Connections

Featured in Dark Places: About the Author: Gillian Flynn (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

I Love the Land
Written by Turk Dietrich and Michael Jones
Performed by Belong
Courtesy of Kranky, Ltd.
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Very Good
8 April 2015 | by See all my reviews

Unlike Gone Girl (which I liked a lot), this movie does not have a major plot twist in the middle. This is a Whodunit, with the finger pointed on a different character every 15 minutes or so. And instead of flashy, campy directing by David Fincher, Paquet- Brenner opts for social realism and... dark. Which is a good thing, because it keeps the focus on the plot which is thick, and moves at breakneck speed. The past and the present are interwoven seamlessly until the end, which was surprisingly moving - and for my money more satisfying than Gone Girl's. The acting is solid throughout, with special mention to Christina Hendricks and Corey Stoll as the emotional core. Hendricks is absolutely stellar. Gillian Flynn's unique voice comes through in the Voice Over narration and the dialogues which are at times funny and quite cynical. This time, the themes are growing up as a victim, confronting your past, the satanic panic of the 80's, as as with Gone Girl, the lies we tell ourselves and others. Definitely worth the price of admission. 9/10


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