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Dark Skies (2013)

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As the Barrett family's peaceful suburban life is rocked by an escalating series of disturbing events, they come to learn that a terrifying and deadly force is after them, one which may have arrived from beyond the stars.

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Scott Stewart

Writer:

Scott Stewart
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Keri Russell ... Lacy Barrett
Josh Hamilton ... Daniel Barrett
Dakota Goyo ... Jesse Barrett
Kadan Rockett ... Sam Barrett
J.K. Simmons ... Edwin Pollard
L.J. Benet ... Kevin Ratner
Rich Hutchman ... Mike Jessop
Myndy Crist ... Karen Jessop
Annie Thurman ... Shelly Jessop
Jake Brennan ... Bobby Jessop (as Jake Washburn)
Ron Ostrow ... Richard Klein
Tom Costello ... Young Father
Marion Kerr ... Young Mother
Alyvia Alyn Lind ... Young Daughter
Josh Stamberg ... Police Officer
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Storyline

The Barrett family-mother Lacy, father Daniel, older son Jesse, and younger son Sammy-reside on a quiet suburban street in an unnamed American city. Daniel is currently unemployed, placing the burden of supporting the family on Lacy, who works as a real estate agent. Their two sons enjoy a happy relationship and communicate with each other from their beds via walk-talkie. A number of strange occurrences befall the family. During the night, the contents of the kitchen are rearranged in bizarre configurations. The house alarm is set off when it detects that all entry points were breached simultaneously. Sammy suffers a fit while playing soccer and Lacy is shocked when hundreds of birds suddenly crash into the house. One night, Lacy is awakened by a sound from Sammy's room. When she goes to check on him, through the darkness she sees a figure standing over his bed. She turns on the light to find an empty room. Sammy is found walking away from the house but cannot remember leaving. Lacy, ...

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From the producer of Insidious and Sinister comes a new horror phenomenon. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence, terror throughout, sexual material, drug content and language - all involving teens | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 February 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Los elegidos See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,189,166, 24 February 2013, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$17,411,930, 19 May 2013
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Dolby Digital | Datasat

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Not normally interested in genre films, Keri Russell was attracted to the project because of its depiction of a mother fighting for her family. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the scene in which Sammy's stomach bruises are discovered poolside, Karen and Shelly Jessop walk up to the pool. Shelly's sunglasses go from being worn over her eyes to being on top of her head from one shot to the next. See more »

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Title Card: Two possibilities exist... Either we are alone in the universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying. - Arthur C. Clarke
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Featured in Great MoVie Mistakes (2013) See more »

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Come On Now
Written by Joachim Rygg, Hillary Bernstein, Marcel Dion Wildy and Jonathan Laham
Performed by Miss Amani
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Not a great scary movie but a little better than average.
7 March 2013 | by HellmantSee all my reviews

'DARK SKIES': Three Stars (Out of Five)

A science fiction thriller about a family terrorized by an unknown force which may be extraterrestrial in origin. It was written and directed by Scott Stewart (who also helmed the sci-fi thrillers 'LEGION' and 'PRIEST'). It stars Keri Russell, Josh Hamilton, J.K. Simmons, Dakota Goyo (of 'REAL STEEL' fame) and Kadan Rockett. The movie is a routine suspense thriller/horror film but it does have some good scares and creepy imagery.

The film revolves around the Barrett family, who live in the suburbs, struggling to get by while Mr. Barrett, Daniel (Hamilton), tries to find work. Lacy Barrett is a real-estate agent who's struggling to sell a house while her oldest son Jesse (Goyo) is discovering girls. Strange occurrences begin happening in the families' home, involving food in the kitchen, and what first looks like a possible intruder turns into Daniel and Lacy questioning their youngest son Sam's (Rockett) mental stability. Weirder things keep happening though and they soon begin involving the other family members as well.

The movie is kind of slow-paced at times but it has enough good scares throughout to keep it going. It's a little like a 'PARANORMAL ACTIVITY' film except better (in my opinion). It also seems influenced by two Spielberg flicks; 'CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND' and 'POLTERGEIST'. 'POLTERGEIST' is one of my all time favorite movies in this genre and to say a film resembles it at all is quite a compliment. This film isn't nearly as creative, fun or memorable but it does work as just a thriller. Not a great scary movie but a little better than average.

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