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Dark House (2009)

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A troupe of actors hired for a haunted house attraction soon find that they are working in a true house of horror.

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Darin Scott

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Darin Scott (screenplay), Kerry Douglas Dye (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeffrey Combs ... Walston
Meghan Ory ... Claire
Diane Salinger ... Mrs. Darrode (as Diane Louise Salinger)
Matt Cohen ... Rudy
Shelly Cole ... Lily
Danso Gordon ... Eldon
Ryan Melander ... Bruce
Bevin Prince ... Ariel
Erin Cummings ... Paula
Ian Reed Kesler ... Reed
Meghan Maureen McDonough ... Samantha
Scott Whyte ... Moreton
Angela Gots ... Brunette Woman
Michael Copon ... Greg
Michael Albala ... Harris
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Storyline

A young woman, Claire, who witnessed a massacre as a child goes back to the house in which it happens as part of a troupe of actors auditioning for roles within a haunted house attraction. As both new arrivals and old cast soon begin disappearing one-by-one, Claire is left wondering if the house really hunted or is there a killer amongst them.

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Death Lives Here. See more »

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for horror violence and gore, language and brief nudity

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 April 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mračna Kuća See more »

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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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The rope Diane Salinger uses to beat the children was made out of foam. See more »

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At the beginning of the movie - "14 years ago" - when the girls are riding their bikes down the street towards the house, clearly modern, late-model cars are parked along the street. See more »

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No religious artifacts and/or texts were damaged or destroyed during the making of this film. See more »

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References The Terminator (1984) See more »

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The Dark House
Written and Performed by Bryan Ross
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Nonsensical but diverting.
13 October 2013 | by Hey_SwedenSee all my reviews

The filmmakers here have fun with their "Ghost in the Machine" type premise of an evil spirit infecting technology and using it to slaughter their victims, all in very macabre (and digitally created) ways. That's the good thing: they're clearly having a good time, giving their movie a fair bit of energy and pace and going to town with the visual effects and splatter. There's also some dark comedy thrown into this mix, and a surprise or two (there are some jump scares in this that actually work, and that's because they're NOT expected). In the end, one is likely to forget this pretty quickly, but enjoy themselves while the movie plays out.

Meghan Ory stars as Claire, who as a seven year old girl was witness to the massacre of some other children in a foster home. The perpetrator was devoutly religious and over the top, a sadistic foster mother named Mrs. Darrode (Diane Salinger). Now Claire is a teen aged drama student who learns that "house of horrors" creator / showman Walston (Jeffrey Combs, who may provide enough reason to watch for those who otherwise wouldn't bother checking this out) is setting up his latest attraction in that same house. He hires her and her fellow students to interact with his holographic creations; Claire has encouraged her peers to participate because her memories of that traumatic day are still tormenting her, and she wants closure.

I frequently throw out the word "undemanding" in some reviews, because that's pretty much what one often has to be to go with entertainment like this. Some people may find it just too ridiculous, and unbelievable, to get on board, but others will like the cool holograph characters and the grisly (if cartoon like) kill scenes. The actors adequately do what they have to do. Combs plays his part in the appropriately hammy fashion, and is the true highlight of the film. Salinger is an amusing villainess; 80s film buffs may remember her as Simone in "Pee-wee's Big Adventure". Erin Cummings ("Bitch Slap") is foxy reporter Paula, Tom Gulager (the "Feast" series) a mad scientist, R.A. Mihailoff ("Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre") one of the apparitions, and Don Stark ('That '70s Show') has a small part as a detective.

All in all, this quick and silly romp is agreeable enough to watch.

Six out of 10.


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