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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 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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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 May 1998 (Philippines) See more »

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Messiah See more »

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Budget:

$750,000 (estimated)
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Dolby SR

Color:

Color | Color (Fujicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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surprisingly disappointing - but watchable
11 December 2004 | by godgirlSee all my reviews

An interesting take on the concept of getting Welsh National Film Council grant to make a film that made the Welsh look rather like COMPLETE LOONS!

I had no idea to expect before watching the film, and a quick look at IMDb had me worried, especially as two of the main characters who had allegedly only just met were shagging by day 2 of the plot.

The Welsh journalist has a dodgy east-end geezer accent, there are several inconsistencies in the story ("take him to room six, i will be along in a minute" - he is put in room 4).. but although kind of predictable, more than slightly cheesy, possibly quite tasteless and definitely lacking in any depth of plot; somehow a reasonably watchable sort of horror/shocker film does manage to fall out the far end.

The druidy types come in subspecies of hippy druidy girls, madmax meets punk blokes, strange beardy cardigan wearing gypsies on a caravan site, steel workers, the NHS, the local police, the council... in fact, the whole town bar the mad priest appears to be plotting a sacrifice....

Not much one poor reporter can do in the face of so much adversity, but he tries....


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