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Cold and Dark (2005)

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When Detective Mortimer Shade is somehow killed in a freezer, a parasite called a grail possesses his body, revives him, but he needs blood to stay alive. His partner John Dark accepts the ... See full summary »

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Andrew Goth

Writer:

Joanne Reay
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Luke Goss ... John Dark
Kevin Howarth ... Mortimer Shade
Matt Lucas ... Dr. Elgin
Carly Turnbull Carly Turnbull ... Albany (as Carly Jane Turnbull)
David Baker David Baker ... Red
Carrie Clarke ... Slik (as Caroline Ball)
Cassandra Bell ... Rachel
Michael Culkin ... Lardeson Dahl
Jake Curran ... Lenny
Steven Elder ... Mabbs
David Gant ... Superintendent Maddox
Hamish Hamilton Hamish Hamilton ... Bollingbroke
Elizabeth Healey ... Specs
Dan van Husen ... Solly Tunkel
Rhys Moosa Rhys Moosa ... Tommy
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Storyline

When Detective Mortimer Shade is somehow killed in a freezer, a parasite called a grail possesses his body, revives him, but he needs blood to stay alive. His partner John Dark accepts the new situation and together they become vigilantes, judging and killing the bad guys, with Shade sucking their blood with his claw. However, Dark notes that Shade is losing the rest of his humanity and becoming a monster, being aware and afraid of the danger Shade represents to mankind and trying to stop him. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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One Man's Journey Into Another Species. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong gruesome violence and gore, language and sexuality | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Sheer Films

Country:

UK

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

14 June 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cold & Dark See more »

Filming Locations:

Cornwall, England, UK See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Goofs

As Tommy is escaping down the stairs, someone wearing a yellow hard-hat becomes briefly visible in the bottom left of the frame. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Elgin: Ever had a tinkle in the Indos, mr. Dark? Because it's a very risky buisiness. In the Indos, there's a little fish called the candirú which can swim up a stream of urine. It does this to find it's way into your testicles, because the candirú is a parasite and every parasite has it's chosen... of occupation. Belly. Bowels. Balls. I tell you this in the hope that it will make what follows easier to accept. The candirú is from the natural world, our world. Supernatural means beyond natural. Not ...
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Crazy Credits

Near the end of the credits a woman undergoing liposuction is heard talking to a doctor. When the credits end a scene starts wherein the woman discovers something strange is inserted in her belly and that the liposuction is performed by "The Grail" via his hole in the hand. See more »

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Hip little flick worth watching
29 September 2005 | by michael-946See all my reviews

Hip little flick with some ballsy ambition. The director is a guy to watch. The plot was a little twisted, but watch it twice and it gets better. Matt Lucas as Dr. Elgin was a brilliant piece of casting. Kevin Howarth I'd already seen in Last Horror Picture, but in Cold & dark he really gets to flex his acting chops. His performance is mesmerising. Luke Goss plays a good number, very mean and moody. Kinda like Jason Statham. I liked the way Andrew Goth goes for the cinematic shot. This guy shoots for the big screen and it works. But you can feel the tension against the low budget cutting in. There was just not enough time to flesh the good stuff out. Great gore FX in some scenes. The cottage blood bath worked a treat! The team behind this film have got something. I'll track 'em. A Gothic Western next? Cool.


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