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Dark Circles (2013)

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3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • 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 21, 2013
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00BLF9FLI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #121,091 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

When new parents Alex and Penny retreat from the city and move into a place outside town, the stress and massive sleep-deprivation caused by their infant has both of them seeing things. Persistent sightings of a strange woman has each of them wondering if they are suffering from hallucinations, or if their new home holds a dark, supernatural presence. As their fragile grasp on reality spirals into delirium, Alex and Penny find themselves nearly helpless to deal with the horrific truth of what is really going in this house.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Beware Buying a House in the Country June 11, 2013
Format:DVD
In the interest of full disclosure, I will admit that after living in many parts of the country in a variety of dwelling units, I have come to the conclusion that, Rosemary's Baby notwithstanding, anyone who lives in a house and not an apartment, a multi-family dwelling unit as they call it, is asking for trouble, and, anyone living in a house with no neighbors within 15 feet of them, might just as well call in the Coroner or make an immediate reservation in the local institution for the mentally ill. When I see a film like this, I take it as only natural that the occupants will either be dead, institutionalized or, after much mental and physical anguish, departed for more salubrious housing.
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.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Suspense Movie May 22, 2013
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This is a remarkably impressive film that mostly uses the good but seldom now used Hitchockian method of creating suspense without showing much blood and gore. It creates tension with expert filming, music, and writing. The story presents a very plausible explanation for the horrors that face a family. The suspense is greatly enhanced as a baby is involved. This is the best horror-suspense movie I have seen in decades.

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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars TASTES JUST LIKE BABY May 25, 2013
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Alex (Johnathon Schaech) and Penny (Pell James) move into their "Malibu Barbie Dreamhouse" with Tanner, their newborn. They are under stress as any new parents, plus there is construction going on nearby which makes daytime rest impossible. The film boasts a very good suspense and creep factor as a phantom woman (Lucresha Wells) appears to haunt them. Both of them have seen her and believe she doesn't exist. Their relationship becomes increasingly strained.

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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Just fair May 23, 2013
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Slow starting, some scares and creepy scenes in it, I myself though did not care for it that much. Does have a twist in it which is decent, but again the movie to me was nothing great.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A solid horror movie July 14, 2013
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This was a very solid horror movie, I've heard some complaints about its pace but I personally felt it moved just right. It wasn't repeated shock scenes and nonstop creepiness, but with the context of the plot I think the pacing was just right.

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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4.0 out of 5 stars BROKEN LIZARD HORROR February 6, 2014
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DARK CIRCLES

I have bought every After Dark film that they have released from the “Fest” to the “Originals”, have them all. Imagine my surprise when I found out that this After Dark film was written and directed by a member of the comedy team “Broken Lizard” who you might know from “Super Troopers” and such. I wasn’t expecting that and once I learned that I truly didn’t know what to expect. It turns out that this was a really good film and the ending was great.

A couple with a newborn baby is trying to find the perfect place to watch their child grow. So they decide that the city life is no longer for them with the new addition to the family. When finally deciding upon a house in the country they settle in and look forward to their new life together. But being parents is a lot harder than they thought it would be with sleepless nights and a baby needing constant attention. They go on without sleep for so long that they start seeing things that are not there, or are they.

Writer/director Paul Soter of Broken Lizard fame does a great job with this film letting things build slowly instead of forcing things like most horror films do nowadays. He does a good job letting the tension build without things getting boring which is tricky with films like this. It was cool to learn that this film was based on things that happened to him and his wife. That is just one of many things you learn while listening to the commentary on the DVD.

Acting wise this is another high spot of the film as stars Johnathon Schaech and Pell James did great here. They were very believable in their portrayals of a couple who go from loving and excited to tied and beat to scared and paranoid.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Alright
This movie was just ok, I felt it was worth renting. Really not much to say about it. Just ok
Published 1 month ago by isaivy
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly effective piece of psychological/paranormal/home invasion...
This was a surprisingly effective piece of psychological/paranormal/home invasion filmmaking. I found the acting pretty convincing, the plot unique enough, the suspense palpable in... Read more
Published 3 months ago by John Sibley Williams
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprizing twist
this one will keep you on the edge of your set, with a surprizing twist at the end . you ,ll never guess how this one will end . i love scarey movies
Published 3 months ago by BONNIE BURDINE
5.0 out of 5 stars Movie within a Dream within a Nightmare.
I am a huge fan and collector of horror movies, but, unfortunately, no longer easily frightened or disturbed. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Doctor Dean
2.0 out of 5 stars Honey... the crazy woman's under the sink again!
From the get-go this is a film that demonstrates a fair amount of legitimately creepy moments but unfortunately the central characters are just so darn unlikeable. Read more
Published 4 months ago by The Wiz
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this movie
I actually had to purchase this one for my movie collection. It was so dark & chilling. I loved it!
Published 4 months ago by Marisa Castellino
4.0 out of 5 stars It's good
Pretty good for something I've never heard of. It is really stupid that amazon asks me to review this movie and then says I have to right Something about it as well and then tells... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mark C Becker
1.0 out of 5 stars Made me sleepy
Not into sleepless nights really I couldn't go along with the plot. Ok it was boring how much should I write.
Published 8 months ago by Starry2
3.0 out of 5 stars Dark Circles
It was an ok movie. It had it scary and creepy parts. Had some twists and turns to the movie. Makes you wonder, what exactly is happening in this house.
Published 10 months ago by Muneca
2.0 out of 5 stars Could have been a LOT BETTER...
Could have been a lot better, the movie was disconnected and the ending never cleared up, what was the reason the baby cried all the time.
Published 12 months ago by Eclan353
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