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Darkness (2002)

PG-13 | | Horror | 25 December 2004 (USA)
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A teenage girl moves into a remote countryside house with her family, only to discover that their gloomy new home has a horrifying past that threatens to destroy the family.

Director:

Jaume Balagueró
2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anna Paquin ... Regina
Lena Olin ... Maria
Iain Glen ... Mark
Giancarlo Giannini ... Albert Rua
Fele Martínez ... Carlos
Stephan Enquist Stephan Enquist ... Paul
Fermí Reixach ... Villalobos (as Fermi Reixach)
Francesc Pagès Francesc Pagès ... Driver Traffic Jam
Craig Stevenson ... Electrician
Paula Fernández Paula Fernández ... Girl 1
Gemma Lozano Gemma Lozano ... Girl 2
Xavier Allepuz Xavier Allepuz ... Boy 1
Joseph Roberts Joseph Roberts ... Boy 2
Marc Ferrando Marc Ferrando ... Boy 3
Josh Gaeta Josh Gaeta ... Boy 4
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Storyline

There's something in this house... Something ancient and dark that remains still, hidden and silent. It can only wait, having been concealed in the shadows for years. In fact, its milieu is darkness. Only in it can it show itself and move. It even takes its name: DARKNESS. It's lived here since someone tried to call it, more than forty years ago. Because this house hides a secret, a terrible past, an inconceivably evil act... Seven children, faceless people, a circle that must be completed. And blood, lots of blood... Written by Anonymous

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Taglines:

A house. A past. A secret. Will you dare enter? See more »

Genres:

Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for disturbing images, intense terror sequences, thematic elements and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA | Spain

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Dark See more »

Filming Locations:

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,600,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

€1,166,320 (Spain), 13 October 2002, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,163,306, 26 December 2004, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$22,163,442

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$12,241,855
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Unrated Version)

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital EX

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Director Jaume Balagueró attempted to recruit actress Natalie Portman to play the part of Regina, which eventually went to Anna Paquin. See more »

Goofs

When Paul lines up his colored pencils a crew members hand can be seen with an air nozzle ready to make the pencil roll under the bed. See more »

Quotes

Regina: Since when are you afraid of the dark?
Paul: Everything is different here.
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Connections

References Session 9 (2001) See more »

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One of the worst horror movies of the year
9 May 2005 | by christian123See all my reviews

Darkness is a bad horror movie with a few scares and a lot of yawns. A family moves into an old house in the country, but the daughter Regina (Anna Paquin) discovers a horrifying secret that comes out at nighttime and learns that the house used to be the site of a sacrificial ritual gone wrong. The plot sounds scary and even though its not original they could have still tried a little harder. The cast is pretty good with the best being Anna Paquin and Lena Olin. They both do a pretty good job but their performances can't save the movie. The script has a lot of holes in it and the film just leaves the audience in the dark. The film runs for 102 minutes but it feels a lot longer and it was really boring at some scenes. Jaume Balagueró should have done a better job as Darkness had a lot of potential to be scary. The ending was also pretty bad and didn't really make a lot of sense. This may be one of the worst movies I have ever seen at a theater and certainly one of the worst horror movies I have ever seen. I understand that this movie was edited so it could earn a PG-13 rating but Miramax should have just stuck with the "R" even if it would have done worse at the box office. Rating 3/10, I recommend you wait until the DVD comes out so you can enjoy it more and maybe the deleted scenes will help you understand the story better.


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