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The Dark Lurking (2009)

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The eight remaining survivors of a secret research facility barricade themselves away from a horde of ancient and deadly creatures.


Gregory Connors (as Greg Connors)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tonia Renee Hammerich ... Lena (as Tonia Renee)
Bret Kennedy Bret Kennedy ... Michaels
Ozzie Devrish ... Kirkland
Roslyn van Doorn Roslyn van Doorn ... Yutani
Dirk Foulger Dirk Foulger ... Konieg
Anthony Edwards Anthony Edwards ... Dare
Davyd Williams Davyd Williams ... Canning
Cassia Rosenstraus Cassia Rosenstraus ... Jen
Aash Aaron ... Communications commander
Christian Newling Christian Newling ... Communications officer
Kit Sivyer Kit Sivyer ... Communications tech
Gregory Connors Gregory Connors ... Rico (as Greg Connors)
India Gaythwaite India Gaythwaite ... Female scientist
Ulrik Strodl Ulrik Strodl ... Rabid
Stephen Daddow Stephen Daddow ... Rabid


Something has gone terribly wrong at research station 320, a secret research facility one mile beneath the earth's surface. All communications are gone, all means of escape destroyed and an extremely dangerous horde of rapidly mutating ancient flesh eating creatures are consuming everything in their path. Eight survivors of the outpost, two research subjects, three mercenaries, two research technicians and a medic barricade themselves inside a remote area of the facility with little food, almost no means of defense and little hope of rescue. Their one possible escape route is through thirteen levels of terror that will lead them to the surface. And one of them is not who they seem to be, but the darkness itself which has taken human form. Written by Anonymous

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for bloody horror violence/gore and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

10 October 2011 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Alien vs Zombies: The Dark Lurking See more »


Box Office


$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Filmwerx77 See more »
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2.35 : 1
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This film is considered an Ozploitation picture, an Australian exploitation movie. See more »


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There was something lurking?
5 December 2010 | by paul_haakonsenSee all my reviews

Alright, first of all the movie was also known as "Alien vs Zombies". What was up with that? That title couldn't have been further from the truth. Okay, given there were some weird aliens in the movie, but zombies? Hardly qualified as zombies. They were mutants.

The movie cover, at least the one on the Danish DVD release, looks so much like an actual Alien movie cover, that it should be illegal. But of course, that is done to lure people in, to sucker people into buying it. Which I did, of course.

Let's get on to the movie. The storyline was actually good enough, though there were some obvious lacks here and there, and you also sat there after the movie ended with a thought like "why? why was this movie necessary?". There is a lot going on in the movie, but a lot of it actually doesn't come full circle, and just is left hanging there, hoping the audience will forget about it.

In this movie "The Dark Lurking" you will find a lot of cliché stereotypical macho he-men running around, all of which oddly enough, have really low voices. I guess having a rough, low voice makes you more manly? And you don't really get any real introduction to the people in the movie and why they are there in the first place. And also, what was up with the multitude of different accents being present in the movie? It just added to the confusion.

The acting was actually good enough, though the movie suffered from series of halting dialogue. At some points you just wanted to yank out hair at the root at some of the stuff people said.

What worked best for me in this movie was the dark and brooding environment. The scenery was fantastic and there was a good sense of claustrophobia in the movie. And also there was a lot of action throughout the movie. And the special effects worked quite nicely as well.

What didn't work for me was the alien lifeforms. Wow, that was so hilarious and so unimaginative. And you just got to love those oh-so-obviously-fake-plastic spikes that were protruding from its arm. And the "zombies" (as they want us to accept them as being), well they were somewhat of a lukewarm thrill. They were mutants, plain and simple. Mutated humans, not zombies! They had lots of blood splattered on them; nice! But they looked like something from a cheesy sci-fi movie gone bad.

Actually I was sitting and waiting for Bruce Campbell to just pop out of nowhere and start kicking butt!

In overall, this movie had some good elements, but it failed to punch through, and it ended up being a confusing, lukewarm experience that you would rather not have gone through.

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