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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:

Some secrets should never come to light 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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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

(Around 23 minutes into the movie) Regina comes down the stairs and sees that her dad has found a secret room under the stairs. Her father comes out holding a picture apparently very interested. Regina asks her father, "What's that?" looking at the space under the stairs. We then see a still frame where just barely, you can see Regina's father still in the space looking at the picture even though he had just stepped out of that area. See more »

Quotes

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

US theatrical version was heavily edited to get PG-13 rating.
  • the word "fuck" is changed to "freek/frick".
  • the man slicing his finger happens offscreen
  • the boy being attacked inside of his room by the six kids isn't shown
  • the R-rated version shows more intense sequences of the satanic ritual which was preformed on the six kids.
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Connections

References The Shining (1980) See more »

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Everything is pitch black.
27 October 2007 | by lost-in-limboSee all my reviews

I was quite impressed with Jaume Balaguero's first feature "The Nameless" which mightn't have been original, but it was coldly disturbing and effectively suspenseful. Now I heard and read nothing but poor things on his second feature "Darkness". I couldn't escape the negativity, and naturally I was expecting something very weak. However came away from it thinking what an interesting failure into supernatural/occult territory. The main problem is due the story's stale familiarity, which never really is given the chance to rise above its foreseeable hints, embarrassingly shallow script and ludicrously ragged framework. Talk about hazy, and I mean real hazy. It's cryptic, but extremely convoluted and mundane. Even with Balaguero's understated, glossed up icy direction, which works in some eerie, and jarring visuals that go a long way of building up a quiet intensity and dreary atmosphere.

Still everything about it is downright mechanical and probably a bit long in the tooth, but it didn't seem to bother me because I found it rather intriguing despite the muddled, paper-thin intentions. There's just something lurking behind this jilted mess that I found fascinating, but the narrative does get lost amongst the busy visual style. From the beginning, we learn it's all about the casually paced build-up, but the shocks are too clichéd (like creaky sounds, moving shadows) and the final pay-off doesn't have too much of a sting to it. Technically the film looks the part with its dark composition and sterile cinematography, and the weeping, otherworldly music score works a haunting tone. The sound devices are so old-hat and forced, but they're pinpoint, vitriolic and really do surround you. The characters don't fair any better, and I thought the performances from a solid cast were modest enough even with their flimsy characterisations. Anna Paquin was suitably appealing and maturely strong, but a awful Lena Olin looked quite uninterested and Iain Glen was terribly uneven. Giancarlo Giannini stays on cruise control, and Stephan Enquist turns in a fine performance.


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