A mother and daughter, still wounded from a bitter custody dispute, hole up in a run-down apartment building, where they are targeted by the ghost of a former resident.


Walter Salles


Kôji Suzuki (novel), Hideo Nakata (film Honogurai mizu no soko kara) | 2 more credits »
6 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Jennifer Connelly ... Dahlia
John C. Reilly ... Mr. Murray
Tim Roth ... Jeff Platzer
Dougray Scott ... Kyle
Pete Postlethwaite ... Veeck
Camryn Manheim ... Teacher
Ariel Gade ... Ceci
Perla Haney-Jardine ... Natasha / Young Dahlia
Debra Monk ... Young Dahlia's Teacher
Linda Emond ... Mediator
Bill Buell ... Mediator
J.R. Horne J.R. Horne ... Man in Train
Elina Löwensohn ... Dahlia's Mother
Warren Belle ... UPS Man
Alison Sealy-Smith Alison Sealy-Smith ... Supervisor


Dahlia Williams and her daughter Cecelia move into a rundown apartment on New York's Roosevelt Island. She is currently in the midst of divorce proceedings and the apartment, though near an excellent school for her daughter, is all she can afford. From the time she arrives, there are mysterious occurrences and there is a constant drip from the ceiling in the only bedroom. There are also noises coming from the apartment directly above hers, though it would appear to be vacant. Is the apartment haunted or is there a simpler explanation? Written by garykmcd

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Dark water conceals darker secrets. See more »


Drama | Horror | Mystery

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material, frightening sequences, disturbing images and brief language | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Jennifer Love Hewitt turned down the role of Dahlia. See more »


The second time Dhalia and Kyle are arguing over custody of Ceci, Dhalia shows Kyle a clipping that describes how good the school is that Dhalia lives by, but she is holding it with her right hand. The next shot Kyle takes it from her left hand, her right hand is at her side with no indication she switched hands. See more »


Dahlia: Guess everyone just assumed.
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Alternate Versions

Unrated version adds one scene (dream sequence) but removes the dream/reality scene (where Dahlia dreams that her daughter returns from her father) and the scene where Ceci calls Dahlia. In the end the unrated version runs ca 1 minute shorter. See more »


Namidaga Afuretemo
(Japanese Theme Song)
Performed by Crystal Kay Crystal Kay
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Adept Psychological Thriller--But Not for Kids
24 June 2006 | by voyager1560See all my reviews

I agree with the user comment above in regard to the fact that teenagers will not appreciate this film. I kept telling myself as I was watching it, that it is not a movie that kids will understand. I shouldn't say 'all' kids, but probably most. Ironically, this is a movie that kids should see because they can learn about elements that a good movie usually contains: developed characters, a good plot, and excellent acting, to name a few. Not to mention that the movie gives the viewer a lot to think about and is an expertly crafted piece of psychological suspense.

There are reasons this movie will most likely not appeal to young people. To begin with, it is NOT a horror movie. It might be marketed to look like one, but it is more of a psychological thriller of sorts. So many kids will go to it expecting blood, gore and action, but get a literate, story-driven film instead--one in which thinking is required to fully understand what is going on. This is a movie that requires "active" viewing, just as if one were to read a well written novel with round characters, symbolism, and whatever other elements it may have to raise it beyond the level of mediocrity.

Unlike a more conventional horror movie like Boogeyman (which I also liked for other reasons), Dark Water is rooted in psychology and the inner and outer conflicts the characters attempt to overcome. It is also a film adept in creating a dark, disturbing mood. In fact, I was really impressed with its ability to play with one's emotions and fears so strongly. As another use noted above, it's almost as if the 'horror' is subliminal. The viewer doesn't necessarily have to see it in order to feel it. I think this is partly because we've all dealt with bits and pieces of what some of the main characters have to go through here. Some of their own discomfort seems familiar to us.

It is sad that many younger people cannot appreciate movies of this nature.

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Release Date:

8 July 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,939,251, 10 July 2005

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