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Alone in the Dark (Unrated Director's Cut) (2005)

Stephen Dorff , Christian Slater , Uwe Boll  |  R |  DVD
2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (189 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Stephen Dorff, Christian Slater, Tara Reid, Matthew Walker, Ed Anders
  • Directors: Uwe Boll
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Director's Cut, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lionsgate Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 25, 2007
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (189 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000T5O49O
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #332,737 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Edward Carnby (Christian Slater) is a private investigator specializing in unexplainable supernatural phenomena. His cases delve into the dark corners of the world, searching for truth in the occult remnants of ancient civilizations. Now, the greatest mystery of his past is about to become the most dangerous case he has ever faced. With the help of his ex-girlfriend, archaeologist Aline Cedrac (Tara Reid), and his bitter rival, government agent Richard Burke (Stephen Dorff), Edward is about to learn that just because you don't believe in something doesn't mean it cannot kill you!

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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
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, 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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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Ugh!! September 19, 2005
The synopsis of this movie is good but that is where it ends. The acting was horrible, the flow of the movie was stilted, and the love scene, if you can call it that, was inappropriate and gratuitous. I all for a little sex in a movie, but this one just came out of nowhere. By the end I just wanted to monsters to eat them all and be done with it. If I could give this movie 0 stars, I would. It was a waste of time and money to rent this. Maybe a different director could have made a difference, we'll never know. I hope Christian Slater starts to pick his scripts a little more carefully in the future or I might have to write him off.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 10 days ago by jason herzog / lori herzog
1.0 out of 5 stars Uwe Boll!!? Christian Slater!!? AND Tara Reid?!!! Talk about dream...
Uwe Boll once again reminds us and inspires us that anyone can make it in Hollywood.
Published 28 days ago by J. Smith
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
As described and fast delivery.
Published 3 months ago by J. C. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars This is Aliens, Right?
If you like Aliens with Sigourney Weaver, you might like this. Creatures that just love to attack humans are cropping up a lot and it is up to a few bad boys to take them to heck... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mark J. House
2.0 out of 5 stars Yeah, bad.
Mainly checked this out cause I was bored and thought "Ok, let's just see a movie that I'm sure will be bad and see just how bad it is." Well this was indeed a bad movie. Read more
Published 8 months ago by R. Jensen
4.0 out of 5 stars Rating movies
Amazon asked me to write my review here. I personally do not believe we should have to write so much, I believe we need to just give movies a star. Read more
Published 9 months ago by A Customer
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 12 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 14 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 15 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 16 months ago by samantha369088
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