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Darkness (Unrated Version)

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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....

Special Features

  • Behind the scenes featurette

Product Details

  • 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: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (158 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JNBN
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #97,284 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Darkness (Unrated Version)" on IMDb

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40 of 47 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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Bindy Sue Frønkünschtein 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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9 of 9 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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Chevy Chase on September 1, 2006
Format: DVD
Darkness, is a film unlike any I have seen.

The subtextual references to satanism and its inner oculuncies

bound off of the screen. Darkness is not so much of a abstract thing in this movie, but a character(devious like the Norse God Loki). The human beings immersed in it are somehow unaware of all of its inner trappings until the very end. Just like any great disaster flick. Some may say Darkness does not explore its theme well enough. I beg to differ, the scene where Anna Paquin is left alone in the house to fend for herself against the slippery black marauders is wrought full of tension. The theme of darkness is not so much "Oh my Gosh! What just happened!"

But more so "Imagine if this should happen."

Consider this. Any unimaginative film maker can make dead children pop out of nowhere and hum some inconsequential scary tune or whisper some lines. What the director does here in darkness is place the titular entities right next to a place where the most extreme violence or death could be delivered without you even noticing it until it is too late. Now that, my freinds is terror.

Usually in films, I detest understatement. It is most times confusing and does not make a good show.

However, when used in this can become a great bane to the over all effect of the film.

The understatement here comes with a price..paid in full by the end of this gem.

I this movie and see for yourself what you can derive from it. I assure you, that no matter how small a will feel its effect.
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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful By James Simmons on December 15, 2006
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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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