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The Dark (2005)

In mourning over the tragic drowning of their daughter Sarah, James and Adèle are visited by Ebrill, a young girl who claims she died 60 years ago - and bears a startling resemblance to Sarah.

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John Fawcett

Writers:

Simon Maginn (novel), Stephen Massicotte (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Maria Bello ... Adèlle
Sean Bean ... James
Maurice Roëves ... Dafydd
Sophie Stuckey Sophie Stuckey ... Sarah
Abigail Stone Abigail Stone ... Ebrill
Richard Elfyn ... Rowan
Casper Harvey Casper Harvey ... Young Dafydd
Eluned Jones Eluned Jones ... Doctor
Gwenyth Petty Gwenyth Petty ... Librarian
Robin Griffith Robin Griffith ... Police Inspector
Mike Keggen Mike Keggen ... Rib Skipper
Tonya Smith ... Main Stumblehead Martyr
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Storyline

While in Wales visiting her husband James, Adèlle tries to fix her relationship with her teenager daughter Sarah. They see a weird memorial without the plate and with the name "Annwyn" marked, and the local Dafydd explains that this would be the place where people go after dying in accordance with the Welsh mythology. Later, Sarah vanishes on the beach and the daughter of the local fanatic shepherd, Ebrill, who died fifty years ago, appears in her place. Adele makes a research trying to find how to rescue her daughter from Annway. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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One of the living for one of the dead.


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Rated R for some violent/disturbing images and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

Isle Of Man | UK | USA | Germany

Language:

English | Welsh

Release Date:

26 January 2006 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

£3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£265,084 (United Kingdom), 9 April 2006, Limited Release
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The concept of "Annwn" (Annwyn) is not made up especially for the film or the book on which it was based. "Annwn" is an underworld or other world found in Welsh legend, a land of the dead. It is said to lay far in the west and could be accessed by the living through a door located at the mouth of the Severn once a year. Surviving from pre-Christian Celtic mythology, it's neither Heaven nor Hell in the Christian sense, humans can enter spiritually or corporeally. This is the first film about Annwn. See more »

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During the water splashing scenes, you can see water on the camera lens. See more »

Quotes

Ebrill: He has her, one of the living, for one of the dead.
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An alternate ending is included on the USA Region 1 DVD from Sony Pictures. See more »

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Destined to rot in a videostore near you.
19 December 2005 | by okami_itoSee all my reviews

False scares. Avid friends of cheap horrors are used to them: cats, squeaking doors, cars rushing into the frame. In every scary movie there is at least one false scare and you can judge the quality of the movie how sophisticated they are. "The Dark" consists entirely of false scares, unbelievably there isn't a real one in it. They are executed in two ways: Over- amplified Sounds (like doors slamming with the power of an h-bomb explosion) and by cutting together images machine-gun-like with no sense at all. At the beginning this, not very imaginative, technique succeeds but after about 15 Minutes you WILL get tired of it, believe me. Especially after realizing that the story won't lead anywhere. It's really hard to believe that cheap stuff like this is still produced in this century and there are people actually willing to pay for it. I mean you'll find everything here: annoying dialog, below-standard cinematography, a weak story (with an even weaker pay-off), boring direction and one- dimensional characters. I've haven't been bored like this for long time. Stay away from it. And don't even bother about the synopsis.


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