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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 »

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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

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

Paul: I don't like the dark here, it keeps eating my pencils.
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Alternate Versions

PG-13 version runs 88 minutes, while the Unrated version includes more violence, blood and language, and runs 102 minutes. See more »

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References The Others (2001) See more »

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The same old thing
3 May 2005 | by Buddy-51See all my reviews

In terms of its storyline, "Darkness" is pretty much like every other haunted house movie ever made. We start off with the usual unsuspecting family of four who find themselves knee deep in ghouls and ghosts the moment they move into their new residence (the family is American and the home is in Spain in this outing). Of course, anyone in his right mind would hightail it out the door two seconds after setting foot in the house - but not this group! They want to hang around to see what "happens." It is Oscar-winner Anna Paquin, as the moody but perceptive teenaged daughter of the clan, who gets to have her name above the title here - a dubious distinction at best, I'm sorry to say.

"Darkness" has just about all the standard accoutrement's one would expect to find in a film on this subject. In addition to the perpetual thunderstorm taking place outside and the electricity that keeps going out on cue, we also have the self-activating toys, the strange voices on the telephone, the ghostly images on photographs, the father who becomes exponentially more psychotic in every scene in which he appears, and the mysterious old man with the limp who shows up out of nowhere and seems to hold the key to everything. Seasoned veterans will be able to predict just about every hackneyed setup and cliché a full hour before it officially arrives on screen. For instance, we just know, without room for quibble, that the minute the mother brings home a box of colored pencils for her delighted little boy to play with, the tyke will start drawing strange and disturbing pictures to help push the plot points along. It's practically de rigueur when it comes to films in this vein. (However, I must say, in all fairness, that the movie does NOT include the cat-jumping-out-at-the-audience scene, which is pretty much standard issue for every horror flick these days. The filmmakers DO earn some bonus points for that).

Paquin makes for a feisty heroine, and it isn't really her fault that her character always seems to be ten giant steps behind the audience in figuring it all out. And as to the "What the *&$%?" ending - well, it's either so brilliant that it is beyond the ken of mere mortal man to figure out, or it's one of the biggest final curtain stumbles in horror movie history. I have my own personal notion as to which of those two it really is, but I'll let you figure that one out for yourself. After all, I have to leave you with SOMETHING interesting to do while you're watching this film.


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