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Alone in the Dark

2.1 out of 5 stars 191 customer reviews

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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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  • 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: Multiple Formats, 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:
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  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: May 10, 2005
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (191 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007XBM5W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,098 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Alone in the Dark" on IMDb

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By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 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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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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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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I find the vitriol associated with this movie puzzling. Is it as terrible as some claim? I've seen far worse. Yes, it is confounding at times. That opening explanation was redundant to say the least, offered up in writing and recited for those who didn't care to read it. I've never quite understood the point in that. Or maybe this is simply a case of ignorance is bliss? I know nothing of the game this movie is based on. I couldn't tell you if they were faithful to it or not. I don't know who Uwe Boll is and I don't know what claim to fame Tara Reid holds. I have no grudge in this match. For me, this was just another horror movie with monsters. In that regard, I like this movie. Does that mean it isn't without problems? Of course not. There are some definite continuity issues in play. This movie is filled with short scenes that are haphazard and too fleeting to register their purpose in the scheme of things. That it deals with a conspiracy becomes obvious later rather than sooner. There are way too many plot threads to keep track of. To say it's disorganized doesn't fully appreciate the frenzy of images and ideas that assault the senses in a mere 96 minutes. Uwe Boll definitely had something in mind when he made this film. I think that if he had more time to think on it, things might have turned out better. But he isn't solely to blame. There were three writers and several producers. Christian Slater (as Edward Carnby) deserves some of the blame with his starkly unflinching performance as a waxwork figure. As the star of this epic, he should have a least made some semblance of an effort to appear lifelike. Even so, and for all that, I still have an unerring fondness for this flightless turkey. Every time I watch it, it grows on me. There, I said it, I like this stupid movie. I've liked worse.

Some day this will become a cult classic. Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but soon, okay, not that soon, but some day...................
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