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Art of Darkness (2012)

A young woman is held captive by an unhinged lunatic intent on transforming her into his latest blood-splattered masterpiece.


Steve Laurence
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Credited cast:
Emily Baxter Emily Baxter ... Liz Richards
Martin Laurence Martin Laurence ... Ben Richards
Ryan Elliott Ryan Elliott ... Philip
Adrian Annis Adrian Annis ... Willie
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lenn Blasse ... D.I. Mitchells
Uma Dhir Uma Dhir ... Lilly / Dinika
Mark Hammett Mark Hammett ... Passer by
Victoria Ledwidge ... Police Telephone Operator (as Victoria Durrant)
Rob Maloney Rob Maloney ... Nick Butler
David Wayman ... Steve


ART OF DARKNESS is a nail bitingly tense suspense horror set over one gruesome night. Ben (MARTIN LAURENCE) and Liz (EMILY BAXTER) are a married couple still coming to terms with Liz's recent miscarriage. Too distraught in the weeks after it, she quit her nursing job, and Ben is struggling to hold on to his accountancy job after a round of redundancies. Things are not that great between them right now. In a bid to make some money on the side to help out, Liz accepts a shady modeling job for Philip (RYAN ELLIOTT), an intense photographer who works from his sprawling house in the middle of nowhere. But Philip isn't what he seems... Now: Liz is trapped in the dungeon-like basement of the house, in the clutches of a murderous psychopath with artistic pretensions, and caught up in an organ-harvesting nightmare. Her only hope is Ben, the one person who believes she's in danger It's a race against time to save her, but can Ben get to Liz before she becomes Philip's next victim...? Written by Steve Laurence

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When Art imitates death



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Fairly adequate horror movie...
11 May 2019 | by paul_haakonsenSee all my reviews

I stumbled upon the 2012 horror movie "Art of Darkness" (aka "Art House Massacre") by sheer random luck. I hadn't heard about the movie prior to picking it up. But the mere fact that it is a horror movie is actually sufficient to draw my attention. And the movie's cover art was also interesting enough to make me give it a go. Yup, I didn't read the synopsis on the back - I rarely do.

First of all, I must start off by saying that "Art of Darkness" actually turned out to be more interesting that anticipated. And by that I mean after having watched a few minutes it was clear that this wasn't a major Hollywood produced movie, so expectations were set given that fact. And it turned out that director Steve Laurence managed to make something of the movie with the limitations that were.

The storyline in "Art of Darkness", while it was hardly anything innovative or groundbreaking within the horror genre, turned out to be entertaining enough, and that made the difference.

Emily Baxter, playing Liz Richards, carried the movie quite nicely with her performance. While the rest of the cast wasn't as particularly outstanding or memorable as she was. I am not saying they were poor or inadequate, just that Emily Baxter was the most memorable.

There were a few gory scenes in the movie, which were actually quite nice. Just a shame that the movie didn't have more of such, because it would definitely have spruced up the movie and brought it out of the mediocre rating it landed on for my part.

The movie didn't feel prolonged or boring, as it had a nice pacing to the storyline and there was always something happening to keep the movie going. However, it is hardly a movie that incurs a second viewing.

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