DARKNESS

Confusing Occult Ghost Story

Content -4
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Release Date: December 25, 2004

Starring: Anna Paquin, Lena Olin, Iain
Glen, Ginacarlo Giannini,
Stephen Enquist, and Fele
Martinez

Genre: Horror

Audience: Teenagers and adults

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 102 minutes

Distributor: Dimension Films/Miramax Films

Director: Jaume Balaguero PRODUCERS:
Julio Fernandez and Brian
Yuzma

Executive Producer:

Producer: Julio Fernandez and Brian
Yuzma EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS:
Carlos Fernandez and Guy J.
Louthan

Writer: Jaume Balaguero and Fernando
de Felipe BASED ON THE
NOVEL/PLAY BY: N/A

Address Comments To:

Bob Weinstein and Harvey Weinstein
Dimension Films (Miramax)
99 Hudson Street, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10013
Phone: (212) 219-4100
Fax: (212) 941-3836
Website: www.dimensionfilms.com

Content:

(OOO, B, LL, VV, DD, M) Very strong occult worldview with the forces of darkness being victorious, with some moral elements in that family members try to stop a Satanic cult’s evil plan; 10 obscenities, two strong profanities and no light profanities; many scary scenes of lights going out, ghosts threaten people, boy receives implied beating, ghosts lock boy in room, father has physical seizures, father angrily chops onion and threatens family with knife, teenage girl tied up, father and mother fight, teenager girl thinks her mother may stab her father to death, boy draws pictures of children with throats slashed, and violent occult, Satanic ritual discussed, but only a little blood is shown; no sex or nudity; no alcohol; man drugs teenage boy and threatens to drug girl; and, man restrains teenage girl by tying her up.

GENRE: Horror

Summary:

DARKNESS is about an American family that buys a haunted house in Spain and becomes the victim of a mysterious Satanic cult. DARKNESS is a confused, abhorrent mess with an inexplicable ending that doesn’t make sense.

Review:

Sometimes, an ending can completely ruin a movie. Such is the case with DARKNESS, a low budget horror movie saddled by an incoherent ending. The ending is so incoherent that the ending is one of the biggest letdowns of recent years, even for fans of modern horror movies.

The story of DARKNESS is about an American family that buys a haunted house in Spain. Forty years earlier, the house was the scene of the disappearance of six out of seven kidnapped children. The seventh child escaped, but can’t describe what happened to the other children.

Anna Paquin plays the family’s teenage daughter, Regina. Regina gets upset when her young brother, Paul, starts drawing disturbing pictures of children with their throats slit. Paul also sees ghosts of the dead children, who, he says, are bruising his body. Things get worse when their father, Mark, has a relapse of Huntington’s disease, an inherited nervous disorder that causes emotional outbursts and fits in Mark. Eventually, Regina and her boyfriend, Carlos, learn that the family members are the intended victims of a Satanic cult.

DARKNESS has some scary moments due to its style and the children’s well-defined characters, but the motives of the Satanic cult, not to mention the ghosts, are inexplicable. The movie’s ending is confusing and resolves nothing, other than the fact that, somehow, the occult forces of darkness are victorious. Ultimately, DARKNESS is a confused, abhorrent mess. The only reason the movie gets two stars instead of one is the stylish production, including the scary atmosphere and the performances by the children and Giancarlo Giannini, who plays the children’s Spanish grandfather.

In Brief:

DARKNESS is about an American family that buys a haunted house in Spain. Forty years earlier, the house was the scene of the disappearance of six out of seven kidnapped children. The seventh child escaped, but couldn’t describe what happened to the other children. Anna Paquin plays the family’s teenage daughter, Regina. Regina gets upset when her young brother, Paul, starts drawing disturbing pictures of children with their throats cut. Paul also sees ghosts of the dead children, who, he says, are bruising his body. Things get worse when their father, Mark, has a relapse of Huntington’s disease, an inherited nervous disorder that causes emotional outbursts and fits in Mark. Eventually, Regina and her boyfriend, Carlos, learn that the family members are the intended victims of a Satanic cult.

DARKNESS has some scary moments due to its style and the children’s well-defined characters, but the goals of the Satanic cult, not to mention the ghosts, are inexplicable. The movie’s ending is confusing and resolves nothing, other than the fact that, somehow, the occult forces of darkness are victorious. Ultimately, DARKNESS is a confused, abhorrent mess. The ending is a big letdown, even for horror fans.