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Down a Dark Hall (2018)

PG-13 | | Drama, Fantasy, Horror | 17 August 2018 (USA)
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A troubled teen named Kit Gordy is forced to join the exclusive Blackwood Boarding School, just to find herself trapped by dark forces around its mysterious headmistress, Madame Duret.

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Rodrigo Cortés

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Michael Goldbach (screenplay by) (as Mike Goldbach), Chris Sparling (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
AnnaSophia Robb ... Katherine 'Kit' Gordy
Uma Thurman ... Madame Duret
Isabelle Fuhrman ... Izzy
Victoria Moroles ... Veronica
Noah Silver ... Jules Duret
Taylor Russell ... Ashley
Rosie Day ... Sierra
Rebecca Front ... Mrs. Olonsky
Jodhi May ... Heather Sinclair
Pip Torrens ... Professor Farley
Kirsty Mitchell ... Ginny Gordy-Dabrowski
Jim Sturgeon ... Dave Dabrowski
David Elliot ... Robert Gordon
Brian Bovell Brian Bovell ... Dr. MacMillan
Julia Stresen-Reuter Ramírez Julia Stresen-Reuter Ramírez ... Young Kit (as Julia Stressen-Reuter)
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After the death of her father when she was a child, Kit Gordy has grown up as a troubled teen for disgust of her mother Ginny and her stepfather Dave Dabrowski. Called to the principal's office of her high school and accused of a failed attempt to burn it, Kit is expelled from the high school, but Dr. Heather Sinclair, member of the staff of the Blackwood Boarding School, appears to offer her a place in the next school year. Ginny enlists Kit against her will in a try to correct her daughter, and Kit travels Blackwood, an old, isolated and dark mansion in the middle of a forest outside the city. There she meets her companions: nice Izzy, shy Ashley, reluctant Sierra and borderline Veronica, so troubled teens as her own. In the dinner presentation, Kit and the other girls meet Madame Duret, Blackwood's headmistress, and the rest of the staff: Pr. Farley (maths), Jules Duret (music), Heather Sinclair (arts) and Mrs. Olonsky, Madame Duret's rude right-hand to keep the peace in Blackwood.... Written by Chockys

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Rated PG-13 for mature thematic content, terror and violence, some language including a sexual reference, and smoking | See all certifications »

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Language:

English

Release Date:

17 August 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Down a Dark Hall See more »

Filming Locations:

Barcelona, Spain See more »

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The movie is based on a book with the same title "down a dark hall" by Lois Duncan. She is also the one who wrote " I know what you did last summer" that was turned into the movie that was a hit with the same title. See more »

Crazy Credits

After the credits end the movie returns back to the secret room on fire at the Blackwood Boarding School. See more »

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Referenced in Zoe Ball on ...: Sunday 9 (2018) See more »

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The Chopwaltz
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Not bad but...
6 August 2018 | by cbielgibSee all my reviews

Now its official, Rodrigo Cortés can't give a proper ending to a movie. The main problem with Down a Dark Hall is that it is not as bad as you expected it was going to be (again, marketing departments should make a better effort with their trailers).

The first hour works fine, the suspense is well built and there are a few atmospheric scenes and decent scares. But my main issues comes with the last act, to be fair it is not a complete disaster... but almost, movie is mainly saved by a superb AnnaSophia Robb, she steals the show.

I wont get into spoilers but from the ballroom scene the movie turns into a ridiculous mess, rushed to an unsatisfying cliché ending. But also some wrong script choices, a few cheesy dialogue lines and the usual, painfully bad, cheap, EVIDENT CGI. Plus the poor locations, the forced all-American style (art direction is weak), the ridiculous villain(s) and an overacted Uma Thurman (with a weird look and a silly accent) doesn't help either.


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