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Dark Touch (2013)

Not Rated | | Horror | 19 March 2014 (France)
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In a remote town in Ireland, eleven-year-old Niamh finds herself the sole survivor of a bloody massacre that killed her parents and younger brother. Suspecting a gang of homicidal vandals, ... See full summary »

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Marina de Van

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Marina de Van
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Missy Keating ... Niamh
Marcella Plunkett ... Nat Galin
Pádraic Delaney ... Lucas Galin
Charlotte Flyvholm Charlotte Flyvholm ... Tanya Collins
Steve Wall ... Matthew Collins (as Stephen Wall)
Robert Donnelly Robert Donnelly ... Ryan Gallin
Susie Power ... Lucy Gallin
Richard Dormer ... Henry
Catherine Walker ... Maud
Simon Boyle Simon Boyle ... Mr. Brennan
Olga Wehrly ... Collette
Mark Huberman ... Joseph
Katie Kirby Katie Kirby ... Lisbeth
Clare Barrett Clare Barrett ... Christine
Art Parkinson ... Peter
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In a remote town in Ireland, eleven-year-old Niamh finds herself the sole survivor of a bloody massacre that killed her parents and younger brother. Suspecting a gang of homicidal vandals, the police ignore Niamh's explanation that the house is the culprit. To help ease her trauma, dutiful neighbors Nat and Lucas take her in with the supervision of a social worker. Niamh has trouble finding peace with the wholesome and nurturing couple, and horrific danger continues to manifest. Written by IFC Midnight

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France | Ireland | Sweden

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English

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19 March 2014 (France) See more »

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O Lado Sombrio See more »

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€2,729,542 (estimated)
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Canal+,Ciné+,Element Pictures See more »
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Dolby Digital

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Third feature film by French director Marina de Van. See more »

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It peaked right at the beginning, then it was a steep ride downhill...
5 October 2013 | by paul_haakonsenSee all my reviews

Well the movie does have an alluring poster / cover, but as the saying goes; don't judge a book by its cover. As was the truth with this movie as well.

The movie started out at a tremendous pace, and promised to be really interesting, especially if it could manage to uphold that level of intensity and interest. Unfortunately, it couldn't. The movie got winded and lost breath half way through, slowing down in pace tremendously, but still, it had potential. Perhaps the middle part of the movie was just building up to another intense part towards the end. That was not to be, sadly. And the movie shattered into fragments of ridiculous storytelling once the story took the audience to Maud's house, from thereon the movie just spiraled and got worse.

I will say that the mood in "Dark Touch" is really good, it is dark, brooding and gloomy, and have all the right ingredients for a true horror movie. And it was well on the way, if it wasn't because of the storyline that lost breath halfway through and ran on an fumes towards the end.

The acting in "Dark Touch" was quite good, and the lead role played by Missy Keating was quite well-played. A rather good performance by such a young actress. Perhaps she is one that will carve a name for herself in the movie business in the years to come?

It was a shame that the movie failed to uphold the intensity and spooky atmosphere that it started out with. "Dark Touch" really had potential, it just went in a very wrong direction.


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