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Dark Souls (2010)

Mørke sjeler (original title)
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A revengeful father embarks on a dark thrill ride of lost memories, conspiracy and zombie-like symptoms. Finding the mysterious darkness within is the source of the bizarre world he has uncovered.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Johanna Gustavsson Johanna Gustavsson ... Johanna Ravn
Kristian Holter Kristian Holter ... Driller #1
Ida Elise Broch ... Maria
Morten Rudå Morten Rudå ... Morten Ravn
Kyrre Haugen Sydness ... Richard Askestad
Lise Froyland Lise Froyland ... Kristine
David Hernandez David Hernandez ... Petter
Christopher Angus Campbell Christopher Angus Campbell ... Dr. White (as Christopher Campbell)
Bård Eirk Nilsson Bård Eirk Nilsson ... Ambulansearbeider (as Bård Erik Nilsson)
Trine Dürbeck Trine Dürbeck ... Paramedic
Eirik Halvorsen Eirik Halvorsen ... Eirik
Kristine Braaten Kristine Braaten ... Nina
Marianne Rødje Marianne Rødje ... Wendy
Jan Hårstad ... Dr. Hansen
Henrik Scheele Henrik Scheele ... Police Commissioner
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A young girl, Johanna Ravn, is jogging in the woods, when she's suddenly attacked by a man in an orange jumpsuit. Her assailant drills a hole in her skull and leaves her for dead. When the police calls Johanna's father, Morten Ravn, to ask him to identify his daughter's body in the morgue, he tells them that she has just walked in and is sitting in front of her PC. But there's something wrong with Johanna. Black oil is flowing from her eyes and the only message she's able to type on her screen is one long cry for help. She's in a state of decay, and she's not the only one. All over town, people are attacked by men in orange jumpsuits with electrical drills. The victims all suffer from the same symptoms, with their bodies slowly disintegrating in front of their loved ones. Frustrated with the lack of results from the local police, Morten takes it on himself to investigate the attacks and tracks the killer back to his hideout in secluded manufacturing plant where he begins to uncover ... Written by Anonymous

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The darkness within has come out to play

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Horror | Thriller

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Review: Dark Souls (Mørke Sjeler)
25 January 2011 | by movieevangelistSee all my reviews

The Pitch: Oily Vomit Of The Living Dead.

The Review: I will be honest, this, in nearly 100 reviews I've written, has been one of if not the most difficult one line pitches to write. Part of that is down to how much is going on in this quiet little Norwegian chiller, which while running to only just over an hour and a half covers an awful lot of territory in that time. The one substance in abundance in this movie is oil, but it's not the only black entity around, as much of the humour is of the dark variety. Dark Souls attempts to put a smile on your face as it drills into your brain, and it succeeds to a large extent in that endeavour.

We start with a young girl, Johanna (Johanna Gustavson), who is attacked by a man in an orange boiler suit with an electric drill and left for dead, found face down in the mud by the police who pronounce her dead and have her taken to the mortuary. This comes as a surprise to her loving father, Morten (Morten Ruda), who's seen her walk in the door not moments earlier. But there's something not quite right about Johanna any more, and she's not alone. While detective Askestad (Kyrre H. Sydness) attempts to uncover the truth behind these mystery murders, and the local doctor (Jan Harstad) attempts to uncover the truth behind these rather lively corpses and their strange symptoms, Morten attempts to re-establish family life with Johanna as best as possible, but is slowly but surely drawn into the secret world behind it all.

Directors and writers Mathieu Petuel and César Ducasse obviously know their horror. There's a deliberate, unhurried pace from start to end and, as with so many other effective horror movies over the years, the pacing is used to build tension and to unsettle the viewer. This isn't your average American slasher, filled with jump cuts and loud bursts on the soundtrack in a vain attempt to summon up scares, everything here is designed more to pick at your nerves and unsettle, apart from the occasional head drilling, of course. The acting is generally fit for purpose, so while it won't win any awards, it does engage your sympathy in all the right ways, and Morten Ruda is the stand out, carrying more of the narrative as the movie progresses and allowing the mix of off-kilter laughs to blend perfectly with the feeling and the pain.

The use of oil is also an interesting motif, but its allegorical use pales in comparison to the body horror of watching it exude from every pore of its victims, and it gives them a distinctive and effective look. There are also a lot of references to other horror movies thrown into the mix (more than this casual horror fan could ever detect), but the overall narrative, while taking occasional tangents, hangs together very effectively, and the abiding impression is of a deliciously dark movie that will creep under your skin like the oil in its victims.

Why see it at the cinema: There's plenty of effective imagery, both subtle and in-your-face, and of course this is at its core a horror movie, so why not guarantee yourself a dark room with a large screen to make the most of the chills?

The Score: 8/10


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Norway | France

Language:

Norwegian

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4 February 2014 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Oslo, Norway

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NOK1,200,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

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1.85 : 1
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