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Darklands (1996)

Not Rated | | Drama, Horror, Thriller | 9 May 1998 (Philippines)
A newspaper reporter is lured into a mire of pagan rituals and human sacrifice.

Director:

Julian Richards

Writers:

David Mitchell (additional dialogue), David Mitchell | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Craig Fairbrass ... Frazer Truick
Jon Finch ... David Keller
Rowena King ... Rachel Morris
Roger Nott Roger Nott ... Dennis Cox
Dave Duffy ... Carver (as David Duffy)
Richard Lynch Richard Lynch ... Salvy
Ray Gravell Ray Gravell ... Bearded Gypsey
Kim Ryan Kim Ryan ... Scared Gypsey
Robert Blythe Robert Blythe ... McCullen (as Bob Blythe)
Nicola Branson Nicola Branson ... Becky
Hubert Rees Hubert Rees ... Bill Sawyer
Philip Babot Philip Babot ... Chainsaw
Morega Polser Morega Polser ... May Queen
Ian Deveraux Ian Deveraux ... Green Man
William Thomas ... Detective Jarvis
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Darklands follows journalist Frazer Truick as he investigates the mysterious death of the brother of trainee journalist Rachel Morris. Delving deeper, Truick becomes convinced that the tragedy was murder, committed by a bizarre religious cult. But as the evidence unfolds, things take on a more sinister and potentially lethal significance for the reporter, as he becomes embroiled in devil worship, witchcraft and ultimately human sacrifice! Written by Julian Richards

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The old flesh is dead, long live the new!

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Drama | Horror | Thriller

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 May 1998 (Philippines) See more »

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Budget:

$750,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

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Color | Color (Fujicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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A TV special that got some money to be a film
24 October 2001 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

An industrial Celtic cult is recruiting people from the local steel mill and leading them in pagan sacrifice rituals - I wonder if it could have anything to do with the gypsies just outside the mill? This is an example of one of the plot drivers that this film relies on - ones that are pretty obvious from the start.

However the film also has plenty of other plot twists that are revealed along the way, most of these are good but too many rely on coincidence or overlooking the facts. The whole cult-conspiracy thing is a bit unbelievable - maybe the Wickerman succeeded with a similar plot due to the island setting - here set in Wales it's not as easy to accept. But if you can overlook this then it's actually quite good.

The performances are OK - Fairbrass doesn't quite bring off the fear and confusion that he should but does a reasonable leading man. Rowena King is good as the love interest Rachael, she's there to add a bit of sex to the proceedings - however that said the love scenes between her and Fairbrass are laughable, clearly neither agreed to be naked on screen and their orgasms are harder to believe than a Celtic cult sacrificing Welsh people. The other characters are mainly rent-a-Celtic-thugs or small parts - you can usually tell whose bad or good easily enough due to the performances.

The plot is reasonable but regularly fails to convince - with most good films you're able to buy into it at least while you're watching it. For most of it however the twists keep your interest. When I read the comments on these pages I watched this in anticipation for the shock ending - however it's not there! You pretty much know how it's going to end 20/30 minutes before it happens. It's still an OK ending but lets not make this out to be what it isn't - a reasonable TV special that got some lottery money to become a film.


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