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Dark Water (2005)

PG-13 | | Drama, Horror, Mystery | 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 »
6 nominations. See more awards »

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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 »

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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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Trivia

(at around 19 mins) One of the main plot points of the film is Dahlia and Kyle's divorce, however, the reasons for said divorce are only implied. Kyle finds Dahlia to be mentally unstable and Dahlia suspects Kyle of having an affair, evidenced when Dahlia claims that Kyle wants to live in Jersey City because 'she' is there, 'she' referring to his new girlfriend. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 30 mins) Near the end of the film, Kyle is carrying a clear plastic container of Ceci's dolls when he enters the elevator. You can see a sock puppet and a pink sheep on the outermost side of the box. When the elevator doors open at the first floor, the contents of the box have changed. See more »

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[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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Dark Water Has Depth
23 November 2005 | by ghoulieguruSee 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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Language:

English

Release Date:

8 July 2005 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,939,251, 10 July 2005

Gross USA:

$25,473,352

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$68,357,079
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2.35 : 1
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