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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.

Director:

Walter Salles

Writers:

Kôji Suzuki (novel), Hideo Nakata (film Honogurai mizu no soko kara) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

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
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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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Some mysteries were never meant to be solved. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Horror | Thriller

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 July 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Agua turbia See more »

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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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Runtime:

| (unrated)

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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

John C. Reilly and Tim Roth both have roles in the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Reilly appearing as Corpsman Dey in Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) while Roth appears as Emil Blonsky in The Incredible Hulk (2008). Jennifer Connelly also appeared in a Hulk adaptation playing Betty Ross in Hulk (2003) while Perla Haney-Jardine appeared as Penny Marko in Spider-Man 3 (2007). See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 20 mins) A square hole is cut in the apartment ceiling to fix a pipe causing a leak. There is a shot from inside the ceiling, looking down to the floor past the pipe and through the square hole. Dahlia enters the room looking up at the newly repaired pipe. She is obviously barefoot. She hears a noise and we cut to a shot looking down a hallway where there are wet footprints and someone hurriedly clearing the hallway to turn right out of shot. Curious, Dahlia immediately follows the noise. She is now making shoe-noises as she walks and as she climbs some stairs we see she is now wearing laced-up running shoes when just a second before she was barefoot. See more »

Quotes

[to Dahlia]
Kyle: [shouts] You're insane!
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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 »

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References The Shining (1980) See more »

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Itsy Bitsy Spider
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Written by Traditional
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in the line up of remakes
24 October 2005 | by nobbytatoesSee all my reviews

Dahlia and Kyle are separating; and its an ugly one. Dahlia keeps accusing Kyle of an affair, though he pleas innocence. Dahlia has priority custody of their daughter Ceci. Dahlia and Ceci move to a new area of the city, into a an apartment block; but its very decrepit and it a cut and copy building, all the rooms look the same. Not helping with the new arising situation is the weather, its constantly raining and there are leaks sprouting everywhere in the building. A water mark has appeared in the ceiling of Dahlia's and Ceci's room, and it slowly becomes bigger. The room upstairs is currently vacant, but there is water running and someone is walking around the room. When starting at her new school, Ceci creates an imaginary friend, but is it a friend or something more.

Dark water is a remake of the Japanese version Honogurai mizu no soko kara, in the every growing remake of Japanese horror remakes. The mood is dark and foreboding, yet there is a major flaw; its not scary. Though the original version wasn't scary either. When you look at both, they are more an observational look at parenting and the bond between mothers and daughters. So its more of a drama; with a supernatural twist. This has a very old horror movie build to it, it starts slow and as it goes along it builds in tension to it big conclusion. So it great to see this style come out again.

What really hold this movie together is the cast. Jennifer Connelly, John C. Reilly, Pete Postlethwaite and the ever great Tim Roth. They really hold the story, they make this story seem believable. Another great factor was the very ambient score, it really enhanced many of the scenes.

Though its not a good as the original version, its still strong enough to stand on its own merits as a good movie.


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