The population of Detroit has almost completely disappeared, but a few remain. As daylight disappears they realize that the Dark is coming for them.


Brad Anderson





Complete credited cast:
Hayden Christensen ... Luke
John Leguizamo ... Paul
Thandiwe Newton ... Rosemary (as Thandie Newton)
Jacob Latimore ... James
Taylor Groothuis ... Briana
Jordan Trovillion ... Concession Girl (as Jordon Trovillion)
Arthur Cartwright ... Security Guard
Neal Huff ... Chicago Reporter
Hugh Maguire ... Patient
Erin Nicole Erin Nicole ... Paige (as Erin Nicole Brolley)
Stephen Clark Stephen Clark ... Male TV Anchor
Carolyn Clifford-Taylor Carolyn Clifford-Taylor ... Female TV Anchor (as Carolyn Clifford-Taylor)
Larry Fessenden ... Bike Messenger
Nicholas Yu Nicholas Yu ... Chinese Reporter (as Nick Yu)


When a massive power outage plunges the city of Detroit into total darkness, a disparate group of individuals find themselves alone. The entire city's population has vanished into thin air, leaving behind heaps of empty clothing, abandoned cars and lengthening shadows. Soon the daylight begins to disappear completely, and as the survivors gather in an abandoned tavern, they realize the darkness is out to get them, and only their rapidly diminishing light sources can keep them safe. Written by Official Site

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Fear lives in the dark See more »

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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The cast members would jog in place in between takes in order to maintain a proper level of intensity that was required for their characters. See more »


Paul explains that the darkness had taken him when his visual light went out, and then found himself reappeared back to life again with a head injury after his visual light reactivated on again. That goes against the whole plot of the movie, and the characteristics of the darkness of once it takes you you're gone, there is no coming back. See more »


[first lines]
Concession Girl: [squinting] You, um... Would you... your light...
Paul: What? Oh, uh...
Concession Girl: My bad.
Paul: ...I'm such a moron.
Concession Girl: How's the flick ?
Paul: Ah... Ah, you know. Adam Sandler gets in a mess, wife gets pissed, rinse and repeat, predictable, formulaic, fart jokes...
Concession Girl: Yeah.
Paul: You wouldn't like it.
Concession Girl: Mmm. How would you know what I like?
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References Candid Camera (1948) See more »


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Interesting but feels unfinished
18 June 2011 | by the_wolf_imdbSee all my reviews

This movie is really mysterious and starts with great promise - people disappearing in the darkness - well, this is frightening. It is not too logical - some things do happen but somehow contradicts the story logic (ie. small girl with solar powered flashlight somehow survives even if there is mentioned that the Sun rises only for a few hours, hardly to recharge the flashlight).

All right. I'm willing to accept even less logical movies like Japanese horror movies which often do not respect time or actual causality. However these movies usually do try to explain what his happening and why it is happening (with several theories how to resolve the situation, often wrong).

But there is hardly any explanation here, only "signs" which may be interpreted in many ways. The ending is sudden, hardly explains anything and left me unsatisfied. Is the happening local or global? Is it transitory or final? Is it demonic or end of the world caused by God? The movie focuses on (not too successful) attempts to survive but provides way too few answers. The feeling is depressing, which is good, but I really lack the climax. The ending was somehow abrupt and unsatisfactory. I like it, but it is only "good", not "great".

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Release Date:

5 February 2011 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Vanishing on 7th Street See more »


Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,898, 20 February 2011

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