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Dark Water (2005)

PG-13 | | Drama, Horror, Thriller | 8 July 2005 (USA)
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A mother and daughter, still wounded from a bitter custody dispute, hole up in a run-down apartment building. Adding further drama to their plight, they are targeted by the ghost of former resident.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Dahlia
... Mr. Murray
... Jeff Platzer
... Kyle
... Veeck
... Teacher
... Ceci
... Natasha / Young Dahlia
... Young Dahlia's Teacher
... Mediator
... Mediator
J.R. Horne ... Man in Train
... Dahlia's Mother
... UPS Man
Alison Sealy-Smith ... Supervisor
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Storyline

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

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Drama | Horror | Thriller

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

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8 July 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Agua turbia  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,939,251, 10 July 2005, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$25,473,352

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$49,483,352
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2.35 : 1
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Dark Water was released in two different versions for the home media release; the theatrical cut and an unrated cut. Since its release rumours about said versions began to spread. On the internet one can find numerous reviews in which the writers can only consternately remark that they just can't recognize any difference between the two versions. Some reviewers even claimed that the two versions were identical, and others again that the unrated version only included more swear words. See more »

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(at around 18 mins) In the custody office when Dahlia is arguing with Kyle over hers and Ceci's relocation, Dahlia takes out a newspaper cutting detailing how good the school near her new apartment is; she holds it up with her right hand. In the following shot the article has switched hands, and Kyle snatches it from her left hand. See more »

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Mr. Murray: Why was the door open?
Veeck: It was locked! Someone else must've opened it!
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Dark Water Has Depth
23 November 2005 | by See all my reviews

Of all the recent remakes of Japanese horror films, I have to say that Dark Water is the only remake that actually surpasses the original. I think the reason that so many people are so hard on it is because they went in expecting to see THE RING or THE GRUDGE. They went in expecting to see a scary ghost movie. Dark Water is not really a horror movie, at least not in the traditional sense. It's actually more of a drama set in a haunted apartment complex. If you go in expecting to have stuff jump out at you, you will be disappointed.

It's sad that everyone expects horror films to have a bunch of jump scares in them these days. Whatever happened to the slow buildup of tension and paranoia of something like ROSEMARY'S BABY? If you go into Dark Water expecting something more akin to Rosemary's Baby or a Hitchcock thriller, you might just end up enjoying this film.

As far as comparing this remake to the original, I will say that I felt that Jennifer Connelly was a much more compelling character than the mother in the original movie. Overall, the characters were fleshed out better. I understood the conflict between the mother, the father and the little girl much more in the remake. The original just sort of glanced over many of these details. Some of the shots were actually more effective than the ones in the original, and the ending in the remake is more satisfying and better executed than in the original. Generally, I think that J-horror is better left in its original incarnation. As much as I liked the Western version of THE RING, I felt like the only reason they remade it was to cast Naomi Watts as the lead. THE GRUDGE, they should have left that one alone. Nothing was gained by Sarah Michelle Gellar. But this one, this one is actually better than the Japanese original in my opinion.

This movie is not for everyone. It is a slow, poignant drama set in a really creepy location. It would probably play well in a double feature with ROSEMARY'S BABY. If you want to have stuff jump out at you, watch THE GRUDGE. If you want to watch a movie that has a little more depth to it, watch DARK WATER.


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