Darkness 2004 PG-13 CC

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(148) IMDb 5.4/10
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This hit thriller teams award winner Anna Paquin with Lena Olin and Iain Glen as a family whose life forever changes when they move into a new home with an ancient secret!

Starring:
Anna Paquin, Fele Martínez
Runtime:
1 hour 43 minutes

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Darkness

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Product Details

Genres Horror
Director Jaume Balagueró
Starring Anna Paquin, Fele Martínez
Supporting actors Iain Glen, Giancarlo Giannini, Fele Martínez, Stephan Enquist, Fermí Reixach, Francesc Pagčs, Craig Stevenson, Paula Fernández, Gemma Lozano, Xavier Allepuz, Joseph Roberts, Marc Ferrando, Josh Gaeta, Mattew Dixon, Carlos Castańón, Carles Punyet, Reg Wilson, Ferran Lahoz
Studio Lionsgate
MPAA rating PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 24 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

This movie was weak in plot, acting and explanations.
Rocky
Not nearly enough depth in SO many areas throughout the film and it had such potential!
Davichka
It is just simply a bad movie, do yourself a favor and don't waste your time or money.
M. Gibbens

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39 of 46 people found the following review helpful By R. Christenson / Lunamation on April 25, 2005
Format: DVD
I'm surprised at the bad reviews; when I saw this in the theater a few months ago I thought it was "almost" as scary as some of the better horror movies in recent years. I guess that's the problem; "The Ring," "The Others," "Boogeyman," etc. have just spoiled us with good quality. If "Darkness" had been made 15 years ago it would be considered one of the best horror movies of it's time. Now it just can't compete. There are a few scenes that should be shocking but don't quite come off, but as a whole it is effective - fright is built up gradually with atmospherics such as a creepy picture on the wall, etc. I think if you like the above mentioned films but just can't get enough, "Darkness" will hold you over until the next classic comes out. And I'll say this much for it: I saw the new version of "The Amityville Horror" last week and by comparison "Darkness" is at least 20-30% scarier.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By James Simmons on December 15, 2006
Format: DVD
First off, I have spent a bit of time glancing at many of the reviews on this website. I find many of them unfair and lacking evidence to state their cases. In my opinion, I just don't think that some people put the effort into understanding this movie as they should have done.

If you pay VERY close attention to the story line, the terror of it is insurmountable. The effect of the story is very conveying, weighing down on your mind and ultimately, sending a chill down your spine. Sure, this plot line may have been seen a million times before. But, in this day and age, what is original anymore?

Another set of complaints was how the cast was terrible. I will concede that the cast could have been a bit better acted. But, hey, it works. The cast's acting did nothing to draw attention away from the central story line. Sorry if all film companies can't hire actors like Sarah Michelle Gellar or anything. This is the best that they can do everyone. Cut them a little slack.

As the old saying goes, "don't judge a book by it's cover." This is very true in regards to this movie. If you just look on the surface of the movie, sure, you are going to hate it. But, if you take the time to look inwards and see the terrifying plot that lies within, I guarantee that you will find this movie rather enjoyable.

Thank you very much for your time and consideration.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Bindy Sue Frřnkünschtein TOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 12, 2009
Format: DVD
The main problem I have with DARKNESS is that it feels so incomplete, as though half of the story was left out. I love the blackened mood and overwhelming sense of doom and dread, it's just that it seems to lead up to a disappointing finalé. If more time had been spent on developing the history underlying the house, the cult, and their child victims, the strength and depth of the story would have carried the horror elements. Of course, the movie would have been longer by maybe 30-60 minutes, but it would have been a lot better for it. As it stands, DARKNESS is a half-baked film full of untapped potential that never quite terrifies. I wish people would stop trying to cram everything into 90 minutes, even when more time is absolutely necessary! AAAARGG!!...
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By LILyte Review on October 22, 2005
Format: DVD
Fear is an individual thing as far as what scares the soul in us to such a degree that it will continue to haunt us long after we witness it, or in this case, the movie. It seems that from reading the reviews here that the notion of 'fear' is so diverse that we can basically place them into two groups. First we have the new wave horror thriller type movies that the current generation of youngsters seems to relate to and rave about like Soul Survivors or Urban Legends where the fear is forced upon you for the purpose of creating excitement to the paying viewers. The filming angles is an obvious giveaway, like the victims hope you get scared as well. Thus the terror just doesn't seem real at all but since these kids have grown accustomed to the type of horror where blood gore and half nude sexy girls is the requirement on the menu to wet your pallet, then it is good enough. Second is the type of terror that knows how to tap within our fears where there are no boundaries as it grows until the climax is ultimately reach but it will continue on. Your body and mind will feel that blood chilling and un-nerving fear, that you will not be able to go to sleep without worrying what might happen next long after witnessing it. Thus the nightmares begins. This is horror in that old school tradition where our fear are genuine, pure and simple.

Genuine horror is something that youngsters have find difficult to grasp because they are incapable to understand the true nature of fear. They are expecting to be force fed with an onslaught of chills and excitement to satisfy their brainwash pallets so they won't feel rip off for spending money to see it. Fear has a price that money can't touch. We have boat loads of bad movies in the name of horror.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By S.M. on March 4, 2006
Format: DVD
First of all, by no means can this movie even start to compare with The Amityville Horror.... both the original and the remake! However, this movie is quite interesting and a good thriller. Anna Paquin gives a good performance in this movie. Oh and as far as the comparison to The Shining....Not! This movie is your classic tale of a family who moves into a new home and before long, strange things begin happening after dark. Regina (Paquin) seems to be the only one noticing the disturbing things now going on in their new home. Not even her parents believe her but when strange things begin happening to her little brother, Regina is determined to do what it takes to save him and her family. Good acting and good effects. I was interested from beginning to end. I found it good enough to buy it previously viewed at a good price. I'd recommend thriller fans who like movies about "haunted" houses to watch this one. This movie is not as bad as some reviews lead it to be.... at least in my opinion.
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