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The Dark Hours (2005)

A beautiful but burnt out psychiatrist goes to the family's winter cottage for a weekend with her husband and sister, which is interrupted when a terrifying and unexpected guest arrives, a violent sex offender and patient of the doctor.

Director:

Paul Fox

Writer:

Wil Zmak
12 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Kate Greenhouse ... Dr. Samantha Goodman
Bruce McFee Bruce McFee ... Donald Wegman
Jeff Seymour ... Radiologist
David Calderisi ... Dr. Lew Lanigan
Trevor Hayes ... Doctor
Gordon Currie ... David Goodman
Kathryn Haggis Kathryn Haggis ... Waitress
Iris Graham Iris Graham ... Melody
Dov Tiefenbach ... Adrian
Aidan Devine ... Harlan Pyne
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Storyline

The thirty and something years old psychiatrist Dr. Samantha Goodman has an incurable brain tumor that has just started to grow. Felling totally stressed, she decides to spend the weekend in her cottage with her husband, the writer David Goodman, and her sister Melody. She unexpectedly arrives in the cabin and finds a bottle of champagne in the refrigerator. Later, a young man, Adrian, asks for help due to the cold weather and once in the house, he shows a gun and brings his partner, the violent sexual offender and Samantha's former patient Harlan Pyne. Along the night, Harlan forces the family to participate in twisted games, where truths are disclosed. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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A tormented mind can be a destructive force. See more »

Genres:

Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for terror/violence, a scene of self mutilation, language and sexual content | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Goofs

After Donald Wegman launches his attack at Doctor Goodman, across the desk, he is bound at his wrists and ankles. As he's carried out in the next shot, his wrists are free. See more »

Crazy Credits

After the credits there is a series of "voices in your head" type sounds overlapping each other. See more »

Connections

References Last Tango in Paris (1972) See more »

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Finally a REAL horror film
14 July 2005 | by mademoiselle_endSee all my reviews

I just saw this film at the FanTasia film festival in Montreal and was blown away by it. I really didn't expect anything and was more than surprised with the professional quality of it. High praises go to the DP for amazing lightings and colours. The filmmakers were not shy on using efficient camera movements reminiscent of Kubrick's works. The music was discreet and up to the point, no cheap tricks were used here to scare us with a sudden raise in volume or other easy silly tricks we see way too often in Hollywood movies in recent years. The acting was flawless which is not only a sign of a great scriptwriter but of good direction of actors on behalf of the filmmaker. I have seen some pretty awful dialogue in some horror films which the actors obviously couldn't say with a straight face, so it's nice to see some great dialogues in a horror film! But my appreciation didn't stop with the technical aspects of it. It was a very efficient horror film in the sense that it produced raw emotions for the audience. It doesn't make us jump up in our seats, but it makes us cringe. This is why i call this a REAL horror film as opposed to an easy-to-do thriller. The ideas were original, the cutting of the scenes led us to think of different possible ways the story could unfold, and kept us interested till the end.

Really this is a MUST SEE film. Being a Canadian film, I do hope they will get good distribution and that the world will be able to see this. This team of filmmakers and actors will go far. Keep their names in mind because I would bet that we'll be hearing them a lot in the future.


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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 November 2005 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Head Games See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

CAD500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$338, 16 October 2005

Gross USA:

$423

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$423
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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