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I know nothing of anyone associated with the film in any way, but think that they did a decent job within narrowly circumscribed limits. The lead male seemed already half shot before the couple (with newborn baby) moved into their new surroundings. The woman appeared bewildered from the moment they left for the "country". The other parts were negligible to the central action of the film. It was OK for the creators and Director to play it low key and inexplicable throughout, but not OK for them to provide no meaningful source for the happenings
My recommendation: if you like haunted house movies this is generally acceptable and not a grade B horror film. If you do not like unresolved puzzles, you are likely to be dissatisfied with the film. I saw it and left it with a sense of unease, of incompleteness, a reaction which the Director appears to have wanted.
The tensions are increased throughout the film which increases the suspense. The movie digresses into a more modern ending which includes some blood, which may be the requirements of today's audience. Fortunately, the blood is not overdone. This movie lets one ponder issues such as who is the hero and who is the villain? The script is excellent. Overall, while horror is not my favorite genre, I was deeply impressed.
The acting and creep factor was done well. I really got into the film, but it seemed to go nowhere. You know everything seems to center around "the woman", but the film leaves you hanging about her until the very end, and then you say, "That's it?" The clues they give you don't allow you to piece things together. The climax doesn't do the rest of the film justice. A little more than a meh rental.
Parental Guide: No f-bombs, sex, or nudity.
There are some nods to horror fans throughout, and I think this is a great take on a "haunted house" story. Honestly seeing the director's history (super troopers, beerfest..) I did not have high expectations beyond a standard by-the-numbers horror movie (which is kind of what I wanted at the time), but I was pleasantly surprised by "Dark Circles."
Under normal circumstances I would rate this kind of movie at a three. I don't have the desire to watch it again, but I did thoroughly enjoy it and consider it worth recommending. This movie is set apart from a lot of modern horror though in that all the elements are implemented tastefully, there is the crucial element of mystery throughout, and everything that happens "makes sense," i.e. they weren't ridiculous plot devices to get the character in yet-another shock scare with sudden sound effects. The movie proceeded logically, and that might be part of what can make it really get under your skin.
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