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The Dark Hour (2006)

La hora fría (original title)
The eight year old boy Jesús has been living in a crumbling underground facility since he was born with eight survivors of an apocalyptic war: the leader Maria and her lover Pablo; the gays... See full summary »


Elio Quiroga


Elio Quiroga
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Cast overview:
Silke ... María
Omar Muñoz ... Jesús
Pepo Oliva ... Judas
Carola Manzanares Carola Manzanares ... Magda
Jorge Casalduero ... Pedro
Julio Perillán ... Pablo
Sergio Villanueva ... Mateo
Pablo Scola ... Lucas
Nadia de Santiago ... Ana
Marco González Marco González ... Niño Solo
Luis Sánchez-Gijón Luis Sánchez-Gijón ... Voz Propaganda (voice)


The eight year old boy Jesús has been living in a crumbling underground facility since he was born with eight survivors of an apocalyptic war: the leader Maria and her lover Pablo; the gays Lucas and Mateo; the astronomer Magdalena and the teenager Ana; the soldier Pedro and the lonely Judas. They are permanently under surveillance, threatened by the contaminated mutants The Strangers and once a day they have to lock themselves in their rooms without heating to protect against the dangerous ghosts The Invisibles that attack in the Cold Hour. They cannot go to the surface, destroyed by a nuclear war. When they need supplies, medications and ammunition, they organize expeditions to a store. When the menace of The Invisibles affects the safety of the group of survivors, they need to reach the surface. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Mankind's fate is sealed See more »


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Did You Know?


There's a final quote during the end credits: "I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds," from the Hindu scripture Bhagavad Gita, as said by J. Robert Oppenheimer after the first nuclear test detonation in Los Alamos. See more »


Lucas: I have a bad feeling about this.
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Crazy Credits

A sequence after the end credits shows a teddy bear (intended as part of the debris from the extinct Earth) landing on the moon surface near the historical land-site of Apollo XI. See more »


Features Experiments in the Revival of Organisms (1940) See more »


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Surprisingly good story for a Sci-fi
5 August 2009 | by thekarmicnomadSee all my reviews

This is a great little Sci-fi film. The production isn't that lavish but every Euro was well spent. The acting is top notch; the lighting is excellent with none of that "shot in the car park around back" feel. Clever tools like interjected scenes shot from the camcorder (there aren't that many) and the constant propaganda on the TV help Immerse you in to the world very quickly. The characterisations are strong and develop rapidly.

There are bits of the plot that are unexplained and may or not make sense if you really thought about it, but if you like Sci-fi (real sci-fi not Star Trek) you can't go wrong. The film is dark in essence, but I didn't find it overly depressing or gory, think Screamers or Cube.

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Release Date:

14 September 2007 (Spain) See more »

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A Hora Negra See more »


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1.85 : 1
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