The Darkness

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The Darkness

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The Darkness.  Rating:  2 (out of 5).  A family returns home from a vacation, and unknowingly brings home a supernatural force that feeds off their own fears and vulnerabilities. The film premieres on VOD on Tuesday, September 6.  According to the New York Daily News, “The Darkness offers very few new scares, mainly because it’s so haunted by the ghosts of far better horror movies.”

Starring: David Mazouz, Kevin Bacon, Lucy Fry, Radha Mitchell
Director: Greg Mclean
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Thriller, Horror

 

REVIEWS

Variety says, “At some point in the production process, co-writer/director Greg McLean must have believed he was making John Cassavetes’ “Poltergeist,” but this odd fusion of psychodrama and supernatural hokum gets away from him.”

According to New York Daily News, “The Darkness offers very few new scares, mainly because it’s so haunted by the ghosts of far better horror movies.”

Los Angeles Times finds, “While McLean and company admirably aim for some relevance by tying the Taylors’ haunting to their personal demons, ultimately The Darkness is just the same old show: things that go bump in the night, and the tasteful decor they defile.”

The Hollywood Reporter observes, “Amid the rarely very creepy buildup to the Amityville-ish showdown to come, the screenplay piles on more unrelated domestic drama than the picture can take.”

Austin Chronicle says, “It’s like being haunted by outsized chimney sweeps that never bathe. And for the most part, it’s about that scary.”

Deseret News gives the movie 1.5 stars, and further notes, ““The Darkness” has a hint or two of potential but is much more interested in opting for the quick, well-trod path of familiarity. Frankly, it’s a path that isn’t worth your time.”

Salt Lake City Weekly writes, “Even at 92 minutes, this formulaic cast-off is mind-numbingly protracted, without a moment of originality (or scariness). The only way it works is if you’ve never seen a Template movie before, but that’s not likely.”

The Guardian thinks, “Bacon, Mitchell and especially young Lucy Fry are all quite effective in these dramatic scenes. But this isn’t a drama. It’s a dumbass, inexpensive horror flick which means anything real is thrown away so that poorly rendered CG ghosts can hover about and smash up windows.”

Movie Nation finds, “The scariest thing about The Darkness turns out to be the trailers to this summer’s more promising horror offerings, “Lights Out” and “Don’t Breathe.”“

Slant Magazine observes, “This enterprise is so listless that one can’t even work up a proper head of self-righteous steam over the spooky Native American clichés that drive the plot.”

A.V. Club writes, “It’s vaguely endearing to watch Bacon and Mitchell actually try to act their way through the film’s family drama, as though it weren’t a perfunctory pretext to jump scares. The Darkness needs their chops. It needs anything to distract horror fans from the fact that there’s nothing new here.”

RogerEbert.com says, “The Darkness is pretty much a total bust—it isn’t scary, it isn’t exciting and it plods along at such a snails pace that even though it clocks in at just over 90 minutes, it plays like it runs at least twice that.”

Daily Dead thinks, “The supernatural thriller features great actors who all deliver strong performances, a story and mythology I thought was rather interesting, and some cool visuals, but ultimately The Darkness doesn’t offer any real scares and suffers from a resolution that feels a bit too convenient.”

Chesapeake Family Magazine finds, “Altogether, “The Darkness” seems hastily envisioned and poorly executed, and it deserves to be ignored and forgotten.”

Common Sense Media gives the film 2 out of 5 stars, and further notes, “Oddly, this well-cast horror movie is more interesting for its family drama than for its scares. It might almost be worth seeing, if not for the nonsensical story, jump scares, and other lazy stuff.”

We Got This Covered gives the movie 1.5 out of 5 stars, and further writes, “Native American Poltergeist – I mean, The Darkness – is a bland blend of popular paranormal movies that never defines itself.”

The Young Folks says, “As a horror film, it fails at being scary. As a family drama, it fails at presenting worthwhile dilemmas and solutions to those problems. As a movie of any sort, it’s entirely self-serving and exists solely to cash in on audiences desperate for any sort of horror film fix.”

Nerdist thinks, “The Darkness is, in many ways, a conventional, frequently predictable, and generally pretty familiar piece of haunted house cinema.”

IGN finds, “The Darkness offers little to differentiate itself from any number of other horror films and sometimes even from The Brady Bunch.”

Killer Movie Reviews observes, “It’s a tame and insultingly derivative version of POLTERGEIST, right down to the sulky teenage daughter and the darling little kid who sees spirits.”

All Movie writes, “There isn’t one genuine scare in the entire film. The plot is so thin and the action so sparse that the majority of The Darkness is spent exploring this family’s inconsequential problems.”

Screen It says, ““The Darkness” never sees the light of being a good or even just moderately scary horror film and thus rates as only a 3 out of 10.”

Blu-ray.com gives the film 3 out of 10 stars, and further notes, ““The Darkness” is a horror film, but it’s more interested in Peter and Bronny’s broken marriage, becoming more of a domestic disturbance picture during the second act.”

One Guy’s Opinion thinks, “In sum, this is the sort of schlocky mess that gives horror movies a bad name. The only thing that might help it would be to remove the bulb from the projector; real darkness would be scarier than McLean’s variety.

The Fright File says, ““The Darkness” is a mostly lame, decidedly tame supernatural horror movie starring actors far better than the project at hand.”

 

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