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Darkness (Unrated Version) (2004)

Anna Paquin , Lena Olin , Jaume Balagueró  |  PG-13 |  DVD
2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (145 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Anna Paquin, Lena Olin, Iain Glen, Giancarlo Giannini, Fele Martínez
  • Directors: Jaume Balagueró
  • Writers: Jaume Balagueró, Fernando de Felipe, Miguel Tejada-Flores
  • Producers: Antonia Nava, Bea Morillas, Bob Weinstein, Brian Yuzna
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Unknown)
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Dimension
  • DVD Release Date: April 26, 2005
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (145 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JNBN
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,214 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Darkness (Unrated Version)" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

There's something in this house...Something ancient and dark that remains still, hidden and silent. It can only wait, having been concealed in the shadows for years. In fact, its milieu is darkness. Only in it can it show itself and move. It even takes its name: DARKNESS. It's lived here since someone tried to call it, more than forty years ago. Because this house hides a secret, a terrible past, an inconceivably evil act. Seven children, faceless people, a circle that must be completed. And blood, lots of blood... But something went wrong. One of the children got away. The circle wasn't completed. That's why what lives here isn't finished. It's just waiting...It tries to carry out what it couldn't before, making plans in the shadows, to become complete, to be, to exist. A new family has just moved into the house. A small child. An unstable father capable of losing his temper at any time. A perfect target. The right place at the right time. The pieces only have to be put in place. And then wait. Maybe the family's daughter will be able to discover the truth; the dark secret of the past, the sinister conspiracy, the truth about what threatens them. Why is the father getting worse? What is her little brother afraid of? Why doesn't her mother listen to her? And why do the lights keep going out? It could be that nothing happens by chance, that everything has been worked out from the start. A devilish plan, precise and exact like a time-bomb. Her father's illness, the house, the circles, the children. Perhaps she can foresee darkness' master stroke of play and the inevitable destiny that is closing in on her family. But maybe it's too late....

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35 of 42 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent haunted house yarn. 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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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Time for something relevant in regards to this movie... 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
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Enough Darkness... 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Thriller...... March 4, 2006
By S.M.
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's about time someone understands FEAR.... 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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3.0 out of 5 stars Darkness
This movie was just okay. Not horrible, but, not great. My daughter and I love creepy movies, but not this one.
Published 3 days ago by Angela Patrick
1.0 out of 5 stars What was the point of this...
This is a film where next to nothing happens and the little that does happen is predictable and boring. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Frugalshopper
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Horror Flic
This movie really was great! I wasn't expecting a whole lot based on reviews but it really drew me in. I feel like I really watched a quality horror movie and yes it scared me!! Read more
Published 5 months ago by Frank Eichhorn
4.0 out of 5 stars Not too bad
Not bad for a spooky movie.. Aleady prepared for some angle out of the box when renting horror but acting was good.
Published 6 months ago by puppylove
3.0 out of 5 stars Darkness
All in all it was pretty scary movie. But, there were a couple of plot errors. Acting was good although sometimes melodramatic. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Victoria J. Dennison
1.0 out of 5 stars "I Can't Hear You"
My review is slanted entirely to those with sufficient hearing loss to need subtitles fully to understand a film in which a good deal of the dialogue is either whispered,... Read more
Published 9 months ago by drkhimxz
5.0 out of 5 stars good buy
got this at a good price :) this a good horror movie if you didn't see it you should check it out.
Published 14 months ago by Lisa
5.0 out of 5 stars MovieWatcher
I would say this movie was excellent but I do not think that is strong enough. The movie was outstanding in every way it kept u waiting for what was next and wanting more. Read more
Published 18 months ago by pattie monroe
3.0 out of 5 stars It's OK
Not overly engaging or very memorable. One thing i didn't like is the lack of subtitles. In a film like this where people talk softly or with thick accents, subtitles really... Read more
Published 19 months ago by M. Bartel
3.0 out of 5 stars Where's the Rest of the Story?
I wish I could have given this film four stars, but I just couldn't bring myself to do that. This is not a bad film, it just suffers from some problems that could have been avoided... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Don R. Holloway
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