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Darkness Reigns (2018)

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A film crew is ravaged by a demon, who is hell bent on cashing in on a deal he made with someone on set who was seeking fame and fortune.


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Credited cast:
Zachary Mooren ... Daniel
Linara Washington ... Vanessa
Casper Van Dien ... Casper Van Dien
Peter Mayer Peter Mayer ... Sidney
Ford Fanter ... Aaron
Jennifer Wenger ... Rebecca Long
James Packard ... Jacob Bale
Aerial Nicole ... Amelia Faulkner
Matt Connor Matt Connor ... Gabe Swanson
Vanessa Leinani ... Publicist
Megan Goldthrite Megan Goldthrite ... Amanda / Film Crew Member
Timeka Little Timeka Little ... Demon Girls
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alissa Adair Alissa Adair ... Film Crew Member
Barry Beach Barry Beach ... Film crew member
Adam Boster ... Piano Player


A group of filmmakers shooting a behind-the-scenes documentary in a reportedly haunted hotel are faced with an unfathomable demonic force that possesses and attacks both the crew and the film's star, Casper Van Dien. Will the film's director be able to escape with the paranormal proof he has captured, or will he succumb to the hellish plans of the demon who has surfaced and pay the ultimate price? Written by Wild Eye Releasing

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Release Date:

10 July 2018 (USA) See more »

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Defanatus Soul See more »

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Jefferson City, Missouri, USA

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Filmed on location of the Truman Hotel in Jefferson City, Missouri; now, permanently closed. See more »

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I really wanted to like it more.
4 December 2018 | by bobjohnson994See all my reviews

I am an expert horror watcher. I know what works and what doesn't.

It must be more difficult to write a horror movie than I imagine, because I think most people are not twisted enough to understand what makes a good horror as well as us horror fans.

I don't mind a bit of dark humor, but once you go down the path of parody, even a little, you are making a horror comedy, not a horror movie. This movie skirts that line.

Another thing horror writers need to understand is that we the audience need to feel there is SOME chance the protagonists will survive, and for a plausible reason. If the Big Bad can just kill anyone or everyone, any time it wants to, then the rest of the movie is just about thinking about creative kills, the intrigue of how to get out of it, how to survive, is gone. This makes for a bad movie.

The other thing you don't want to do in a horror movie is exposition. This movie is filled with exposition.

This movie flirts with horror, then does not deliver. It also flirts with sexy nudity, then does not deliver. Do the writers not understand?

All that being said, I still want to encourage people to make more of these independent horrors, but don't be NICE, don't be typical, its not going to work.

If you want a superior "trapped in an abandoned building", supernatural horror, watch Grave Encounters (2011). Its a movie that takes itself seriously as horror.

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