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From the creators of Death Tunnel (Sony Pictures), Children Of The Grave, Spooked, The Possessed as seen on SyFy/NBC Universal. Matthew McGrory (Devil's Rejects and Big Fish) stars in his last terrifying film performance as a hillbilly giant. Along with the local preacher, together they exorcise their ritual of dark cleansing by locking you up inside an ancient box forcing you to face your inner demons. But when a 10 year old boy is locked up inside, his darkest fears sets loose an inferno of relentless evil. Now On DVD (Uncut)

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Harrowingly creepy-Horror News DVD Review. DarkPlace is one of the new feature films created by the talented TwinTalk team. As it notes in the credits it is loosely based on the book Dante's Inferno. Those aspects are more relational than literal. For those paying attention you'll notice the Dr. (Dougald Park) who goes by the name;Virgil Nichols. Virgil being a central character of the book. You'll of course notice the; Abandon all Hope sign and the indirect referrals to the soul's journey. Though past that aspect, any descent into levels of hell is more indirect than literal. The constant appearance of creatures in the journey would suggest the states of mind and the conflict of inner demons. If your confused, then let's back up a bit. The film is centered on the idea of the Shadow Box. The box is a old myth of a crude device they used to enclose folks who needed time alone to face their demons. Our setting is an upright metal box about the size of a outhouse located in the middle of the woods placed for exactly that purpose. Dr. Nichols begins a journey when he receives a call to set out to Fern County located in Darkwood, Appalachia. As he prepares for his train ride, we get a glimpse into his obsession with clippings, old photos and images of this mythical shadow box. The scene is nicely accented with the filmmakers knack to include old antique props and papers to enhance the mood of the piece. We are also introduced to Ian (Timothy Lee DePriest), a troubled youth who we are plunged into his thoughts, hallucinations and frames of madness. Much of the film follows this path as the film plays out like a nightmare in motion. As mentioned even in the dialog, these are twisted visions based on fragmented activated memories. Taking this statement into context, we are catapulted very quickly into a visually enhanced plot that bases its entire script in this direction. Ian flashes back and forth to situations, an asylum, the past, the future, his mother's death, his fathers abuse and everything in between. In fact the lines between Dr. Nichols and Ian become extremely blurred at times as to there roles and purpose in the film. We do eventually reach a resolve that connects the dots. Though the intended experience is presented in the form of a rather complex puzzle. Now add to that a welcome appearance by actor Matthew McGrory (Manson videos, Big Fish) who I could only connect to the symbol of a rather bizarre reaper of sorts. His appearance is eerie and foreboding even in simple feats such as walking across a field. The movie employs a number of interesting shots that I felt should be noted. Director Philip Adrian Booth gives us a visual run using tilted camera shots, forced perspectives, and even comic book like panel associations. Nothing too extreme, but enough to make a difference. This art of 3/4 off center shots that pop back into place help to enhance the dynamic aspect contributed mood of the film. Beyond that we have a mix of lighting techniques employed combined with some pretty freaky demon manifestations. My favorite being the indirect ;Hellraiser demons tribute. The score by Christopher Saint Booth plays out appropriately eerie and inventive. In fact the closing song, DarkPlace had me fooled for a second as a Marilyn Manson song until I dug further in the credits and realized it was another impressive ;Saint produced number. This is not your usual served up horror. It's purely psychological. The powerful vision aspect reinforces the mind trip tone of the film. --Horror News DVD Review

Dark Place is the perfect title for this disturbing look at a nightmare. Featuring "The Brothers" signature dark scenes, and equally dark story this film is delicious. A feast for horror lovers. "The shadow box", is where two evil hillbillies lock up people to "cleanse" them of their demons. When one particularly haunted little boy is locked inside, his demons prove to be more than the box can contain. It brings forth evil in forms that most humans couldn't imagine, however, my favorite filmmakers have no trouble showing a world that was never meant to be seen. If you took the images from this film, as pictures, and edited them one after the other and took away the soundtrack, you would have a nightmare montage of unequaled horror. If in turn, you took just the soundtrack, without the pictures and just spliced together the sounds of the damned, you would have a nightmarish voice from hell. This film is well done, acting is superior. The only problem I had was finding out that the walking nightmare of the film, Matthew McGrory had passed away. This is his last film. He passed away in 2005. He was 7 feet 6 inches tall. A menacing figure on film. Actor Matthew McGrory. RIP. --Las Vegas Indie Films Terra King

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  • Actors: Matthew McGrory, Timothy Lee DePriest, Benjamin Bryan, Irwin Keyes, Dougald Park
  • Directors: Philip Adrian Booth The Booth Brothers, Christopher Saint Booth
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Dolby, HiFi Sound, NTSC, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Spooked Television Releasing
  • DVD Release Date: December 3, 2007
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000Z5RRJW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #295,691 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Angela Sasser on October 17, 2014
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Fast shipping. Love the movie. Item just as described.
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By VanFranklinstein on April 6, 2015
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awsome is all that need be said
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