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Alone in the Dark (2005)

Christian Slater , Tara Reid , Uwe Boll  |  R |  DVD
2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (186 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Christian Slater, Tara Reid, Stephen Dorff, Frank C. Turner, Matthew Walker
  • Directors: Uwe Boll
  • Writers: Elan Mastai, Michael Roesch, Peter Scheerer
  • Producers: Bruno Bonnell, Dan Clarke, Dan Sales, Frederic Demey
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: May 10, 2005
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (186 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007XBM5W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #189,949 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Alone in the Dark" on IMDb

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Edward Carnby (Christian Slater) is a private investigator specializing in unexplainable supernatural pheonomena. His cases delve into the dark corners of the world, searching for truth in the occult remnants of ancient civilizations. Now the greatest m

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127 of 134 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Alone... and rightly so January 29, 2005
I laughed, I cried, it moved me... out of the theatre. Not fast enough, sadly, to escape the inept garbage bin that is "Alone in the Dark." It's the sort of movie that gets relegated to discount bins for four bucks, but isn't ever purchased -- poor direction, bad acting, and a script that pushes new boundaries of silliness.

It opens with an explanation about the Abskani, an ancient civilization who apparently worshiped demons -- and were somehow destroyed by them. Fast-forward to the twenty-first century, and you find that the adage about "those who don't learn from history) is true: Professor Hudgens (Mathew Walker) is obsessed with using Abskani artifacts, and only Edward Carnby (Christian Slater), a clone of Agent Mulder, can hope to stop him.

Carnby is haunted by nightmares that are somehow connected to those ancient demons, and by experiments that Hudgens performed years ago. He teams up with his museum-curator ex-girlfriend Aline (Tara Reid -- and no, I am not joking!) to stop Hudgens from using some ancient statue to release interdimensional aliens, who may destroy the entire human race.

It's an exhibition of wooden acting, an orgy of silly ideas, a giant steaming pile of celluloid that should have been relegated to late nights on the Sci Fi Channel. In fact, it's difficult to understand why this video game adaptation wasn't relegated to the "Direct to Video" bins, along with all the other bad horror flicks.

Where to begin? What bad thing about this is the worst? Let's start with Uwe Boll's direction -- it's leaden and uneven, full of slow-motion and quick cuts at all the wrong moments. Apparently nobody told Boll that alien beasties jumping out does NOT count as a shocking plot twist.
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60 of 66 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Cerebral novocaine June 11, 2005
Format:DVD
We saw "House of the Dead" and blanched in sheer horror at the ineptness apparent in every scene. We gaped at the use of actual videogame footage spliced into the aforementioned movie. We shrieked in terror, not at the so-called horror elements of the film, but at the fact that Jurgen Prochnow deigned to appear in such trash. And we absolutely wept with soul shattering intensity to see the venerable character actor Clint Howard saddled with an annoying lisp while sporting a cheesy looking yellow rain slicker. As the credits rolled in "House of the Dead," we felt a moment of elation because we realized calling Jack Kevorkian was not necessary, that we would recover from the worst film experience many of us had witnessed in some time. Such was the experience of many viewers' regarding their first encounter with the indomitable Uwe Boll's freshman cinematic disaster. Then came "Alone in the Dark," and the nightmare continued. Who among us will have the bravery to climb to the peak of the highest mountain and shriek at the top of their lungs, "Get thee behind me, Uwe Boll?" From the looks of it, just about everyone who has seen this disaster. No one, thankfully, pulls any punches in describing this train wreck.

Christian Slater's character Edward Carnby has a serious problem. No, it's not appearing in Uwe Boll's film, although that would certainly classify as an insurmountable difficulty. Carnby's primary problem, first elaborated on in an introductory screen scrawl that roughly equals the length of the Oxford English Dictionary, involves an ancient race of technologically advanced people called the Abracadabras...er, I mean the Aldonovas...darn, the Abskani! Yeah, that's it, the Abskani. I think.
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38 of 43 people found the following review helpful
By Mr Vess
Ladies and gentlemen, may we bring the five star reviews present here to your attention, and may we point out the obvious facts:

1: They are all written in lowercase characters - and so are the account names of their posters.

2: They contain identical adjectives ("hot", "funny") and nouns ("action", "cast") as praises.

3: They share the same spelling mistakes (or are these inept attempts to impersonate an incompetent speller?)

4: They all consist of one sentence only.

5: They all come from freshly registered accounts with no reviews of any products other than UwEbola's film.

6: 90% of the account names of "these reviewers" contain references to an awkward musical genre which, if I recall correctly, is named "gangsta rap".

Ergo, only one question remains: was the person who registered all these accounts and posted all these reviews *ordered* to do so by, say, a Lion's Gate executive, or has s/he acted out of a foolish, misguided sense of loyalty to Uwebola?
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars HILARIOUS....for all the wrong reasons. March 7, 2005
Format:DVD
Before I go through this, I want to credit Pete Hartlaub for this review. I just wanted to show this to you Amazon buyers in case you are actually considering buying this. Honesty...I will buy a month after it comes out. By then, it'll be in the $5.50 bin at Wal-Mart and it will make for a great Saturday night of laughs. Good grief. Anyways, here's Pete's review.

"Alone in the Dark" is the best Ed Wood movie never made. It fails so miserably as both an action and horror picture that it succeeds as a comedy. It's a film so mind-blowingly horrible that it teeters on the edge of cinematic immortality.

Just how bad/good is this movie?

Perpetual Maxim cover girl Tara Reid not only plays an archaeologist, but she also utters the phrase, "I need to study these artifacts" and on multiple occasions saves the good guys by translating ancient American Indian scripture. No, Paris Hilton and Nicole Ritchie do not show up to perform brain surgery in "Alone in the Dark," but you will fully expect to find that deleted scene on the DVD.

The movie begins with an incredibly long scroll of text explaining a backstory involving a portal to another dimension, an unspeakable evil and orphans who were used as scientific experiments. Just when you think every possible cliche has been used in the first five minutes, Christian Slater shows up as one of those orphans, who has grown up to become a loose-cannon member of a paranormal investigation team and gets thrown off the job.

From the moment Slater appears, it's clear this movie is going to be telling-your-friends-about-it-the-next-day weird.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Yeah, bad.
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Published 1 month ago by R. Jensen
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5.0 out of 5 stars A super cool action film
This movie is based on the video game ''Alone In The Dark: The New Nightmare'' by Infogrames. This is one of my all time favorite action films. It's SO good. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Fuwwyfootpaws
3.0 out of 5 stars I have a question about this:
What was the type of jacket or long coat was that that Christain Slater was wearing in this movie,
the long coat that he had on because I would like to try to find me one of... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Dean
5.0 out of 5 stars I liked this Movie
Wanted to see it because some music on it was by a group I really like. It was not played until the closing, but the movie got my attention fast. Read more
Published 9 months ago by RayInLV
1.0 out of 5 stars DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME!!!!
Awful...truly awful. Do not waste your time or money, I'm not even upset that I wasted my money, I'm upset that I will never get the 30 minutes of my life back.
Published 10 months ago by samantha369088
1.0 out of 5 stars one of the worst movies i ever saw
this one of the worst movie i ever saw, Uwe Boll can't direct s*** With hell alot of plot holes, the stupid logic, no originality, and top of all that stuff it had nothing thing to... Read more
Published 11 months ago by smaken
3.0 out of 5 stars pretty good and scary......!
I don't have too many words to say here other than it is scary and a kewl like that movie.
Published 12 months ago by Ms Mariette
5.0 out of 5 stars Horror,Mystery and lots of Action !
I bought this as a gift for someone and it was just what they wanted.
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