ALONE IN THE DARK

Return of the Bad B Movie?

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Release Date: January 28, 2005

Starring: Christian Slater, Tara Reid, Stephen Dorff, and Mathew Walker

Genre: Science Fiction

Audience: Older teenagers and adults

Rating: R

Runtime: 96 minutes

Address Comments To:

Tom Ortenberg, President
Lions Gate Films
4553 Glencoe Ave., Suite 200
Marina del Rey, CA 90292
Phone: (310) 314-2000
Fax: (310) 396-6041
Website: www.lionsgatefilms.com

Content:

(PaPa, OO, FRFR, Ab, LLL, VVV, S, N, MM) Mixed, syncretistic, strong New Age pagan worldview with ideas taken from the occult, the false religion of Gnosticism and paganism, including brief talk of a World of Light and a World of Darkness, and anti-Christian content where Roman Catholic head of orphanage cooperates with mad scientist to exploit orphans and eventually commits suicide, apparently because of her guilt, though this is never fully explained; about 30 obscenities (including some “f” words), eight strong profanities and three light profanities; extreme violence includes car chase, brutal hand to hand combat, soldiers and people fight off humans turned into zombies by mad scientist, people impaled, man shot in chest, monster punctures man’s neck and throat, soldiers fire guns at and battle monster animals, images of female soldier’s head split open, implied crushing of dead body, autopsy scene, and implied massacre of sailors on ship with streaks of blood around; implied fornication and woman in bra hugs and kisses man in bed after he takes off her blouse while they kiss and such; upper male nudity and woman in bra; no alcohol or smoking; and, lying, villain exploits orphans for some kind of weird zombie experiments (with help from Christian orphanage), people hide truth from protagonist, some events are not really explained, and man tries to steal artifact.

Summary:

ALONE IN THE DARK is a violent B movie starring Christian Slater as a freelance paranormal investigator who uncovers an evil plot to unleash monsters from a world of darkness, using an ancient Native American artifact. Peppered with plenty of foul language and extreme violence, this inarticulate, confusing mishmash of occult, Gnostic and pagan ideas does not mix well with the movie’s science fiction story of warriors battling monsters and zombies.

Review:

ALONE IN THE DARK is a violent B movie starring Christian Slater as Edward Carnby, an ex government agent working for an organization investigating paranormal activities. Searching for a key to unlock missing childhood memories, Edward has found an ancient Native American artifact. The artifact leads him to an evil plot to unleash monsters from a world of darkness. He and his former colleagues join forces to find out what’s going on while keeping the monsters at bay.

This movie opens with about a seven or nine paragraph written prologue, which was very funny because it was so badly written and so long. So, at first, I thought the movie was going to be an action movie that makes fun of the plots and dialogue in low-budget action movies. After about 20 minutes, however, the movie begins to take itself seriously, and any sense of a comic tone is gone.

Christian Slater is very buff-looking in this action movie and looks the part of an action star in Hollywood, He is certainly an appealing action star with some talent, but he needs to develop more of a personal style, like John Wayne, Humphrey Bogart, Clint Eastwood, Charles Bronson, Harrison Ford, and Arnold Swarzeneggar have done.

ALONE IN THE DARK also has a mixed worldview, with ideas taken from the occult, the false religion of Gnosticism and paganism. This inarticulate, confusing mishmash recedes into the background in the second half of the movie, which becomes just a science fiction movie with lots of action, about people battling a horde of monster animals from the dark. I have nothing against science fiction movies with lots of action, based on a video game, but very little of this makes much sense.

Finally, the movie contains extreme violence, plenty of foul language and an implied scene of fornication.

In Brief:

ALONE IN THE DARK is a violent B movie starring Christian Slater as Edward Carnby, an ex government agent who worked for an organization investigating paranormal activities. Searching for a key to unlock missing childhood memories, Edward has found an ancient Native American artifact. The artifact leads him to an evil plot to unleash monsters from a world of darkness. He and his former colleagues join forces to find out what’s going on while keeping the monsters at bay.

ALONE IN THE DARK is based on a popular video game from Atari. It begins by appearing to make fun of itself and its genre, but it starts to take itself seriously after about 20 minutes, and any sense of a comic tone disappears. Although Christian Slater might make a good action hero in a better movie, ALONE IN THE DARK has a mixed worldview. Ideas are taken from the occult, the false religion of Gnosticism and paganism. This inarticulate, confusing mishmash recedes into the background in the second half of the movie, however. Besides having an abhorrent worldview, ALONE IN THE DARK contains extreme violence, plenty of foul language and an implied fornication.