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The Dark Hours (2005)

Kate Greenhouse , Bruce McFee , Paul Fox  |  R |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Kate Greenhouse, Bruce McFee, Jeff Seymour, David Calderisi, Trevor Hayes
  • Directors: Paul Fox
  • Writers: Wil Zmak
  • Producers: Brent Barclay
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Freestyle Releasing
  • DVD Release Date: February 7, 2006
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B000CGX7FC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #227,726 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Dark Hours" on IMDb

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Dr. Samantha Goodman (Kate Greenhouse) is a beautiful, young psychiatrist at an institute for the criminally insane. Burnt out, she drives to the family’s winter cottage to spend time with her husband and sister. A relaxing weekend is jarringly interrupted when a terrifying and unexpected guest arrives. Harlan Payne (Aidan Devine) is a violent sex offender and patient of the doctor. He has escaped from the hospital seeking revenge. Harlan is convinced Dr. Goodman once conducted experiments on him. What follows is an extraordinary night of terror and evil mind games where escape is not an option.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Squirmy Goodness July 27, 2006
Director Paul Fox' The Dark Hours does one thing extremely well that is a staple of horror--it makes you squirm. This is a very disturbing, occasionally hard to watch film. Viewers with sensitive constitutions should be forewarned.

It's not so much that it's gory--although it is a bit, but Fox understands that the key to the effect he's shooting for is character development. So this is ultimately a small ensemble film--five characters in a couple of rooms, and we get to know all of these characters very well, thanks to both the writing, by Wil Zmak, and a fine set of performances. The characters are fully fleshed out and we can either identify and/or sympathize with them, so when some of them do terrible things to others, it has a lot more impact, and even when it's only a threat and there's nothing graphic about it, we feel it almost as if these events were happening to friends. The Dark Hours is very literally a psychological film, a fact reflected in its main character's occupation and the circumstances of the villainous characters.

It's also a "rubber reality" film--those are defined partially through "shifting" realities, where we as an audience, usually along with at least some characters, don't know quite what was real, if anything. After the recent spate of rubber reality films that all used essentially the same plot--including Stay (2005), The Jacket (2005), November (2004), The I Inside (2003), and eight or nine others going at least all the way back to Jacob's Ladder (1990) and the short The Awakening (1990)--The Dark Hours very refreshingly uses different kinds of twists in its questionably hallucinatory succession of scenes. The ending of the film is clear enough while still being nicely ambiguous.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent Psychological Thriller October 19, 2006
This is generally a worthwhile thriller, although for a little while I was afraid it was going to degenerate into just another repugnant case of sadistic home invasion. However the larger context rescues the film from that slush pile and advances it into some interesting psychological territory.

Similarly, I was leery of the fact that the bonus materials on the DVD listed "alternative endings." Alternative endings usually signal to me that the people who made the movie had no semblance of a coherent artistic vision, but were only interested in gauging what would sell the most tickets. However it turned out that the alternates here aren't a testing of wildly different conclusions, but are varying extensions of the same basic conclusion. It was just a question of how far to elaborate the one idea. So there was no compromise of integrity, casting about here, there, and everywhere for the biggest fish.

There are some lapses of logic along the way, and I'm not sure the surprises could stand close analysis. Nevertheless, the film held my attention, concentrating me into a dark place of anger and despair
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I was very pleased... February 16, 2006
I don't understand why this movie isn't more popular. It, honestly, is one of the best thrillers I've seen in a while. It definitely kept me on the edge of my seat and it definitely kept me captivated. Everything is really good: the acting, the directing, the cinematography, the music, everything. Kate Greenhouse plays her role perfectly and Paul Fox does a great job putting this film together. And the plot is simple yet it's really creative (the twists totally caught me off guard). All in all, if you're looking for a thriller, this is one of the better ones out there.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good and Disturbing February 3, 2006
Dark Hours is a chilling, utterly terrifying look into the mind of a madman. In my opinion, the scariest movie are always the ones that could really happen. The movie begins as an inexperienced doctor (Kate Greenhouse) and her husband and sister arrive at her family's winter cottage to spend a peaceful weekend. But what starts out as a pleasant weekend getaway turns into a night of unadulterated horror. One of her father's patients, Harlan Payne (Aidan Devine) a violent sex offender, has returned to exact revenge and he doesn't care who from. This movie graphically shows what terrible evil the night may hold and gives all who see it good cause to spend their "dark hours" huddled in fear.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars well done horror film February 9, 2006
A terrific horror film, "The Dark Hours" starring Kate Greenhouse and Aidan Devine stands apart from other scary movies because it is very realistic, which is one of the reasons why it is a must-see motion picture. The film tells the story of a psychiatrist who wants a break from her crazy life so she goes to retreat at a cottage with her family. But that gets suddenly interrupted when one of her patients pays a visit seeking revenge. With many twists in the plot it will leave you guessing what's going to happen next. A well written story, the intensity will definitely have you at the edge of your seats and deep into the characters world. If you are looking for a horror movie that will without a doubt have your heart racing throughout the whole film, I would highly recommend it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Tense, thought-provoking, and quite bloody October 22, 2006
Dark Hours was a lot better than I was expecting. Never hearing about this film prior to seeing it for rent, I was a bit skeptical. Luckily, I was really surprised by the character development and gritty realistic feel this film had. Contrary to other reviews, I did not have it all figured out from the start. I was pretty confused even as the credits were up and rolling. Confused in a good way. A way that made me want to go back and watch it all over again. Recommended.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars good movie
great psychological horror mystery with a surprising twists and turns.
Published 22 days ago by Lisa Hough
5.0 out of 5 stars good movie
with a twist,,, horror low budget candian film and is pretty damn good a little scary an kinda thriller/horror i liked it!
Published 7 months ago by kp17
4.0 out of 5 stars Much better than expected.
The Dark Hours (Paul Fox, 2005)

Another one of those movies that got lost in the shuffle over the years for some reason, The Dark Hours is actually a pretty solid little... Read more
Published on August 24, 2010 by Robert Beveridge
4.0 out of 5 stars Low budget but excellent psychological thriller
Paul Fox wrote and directed this subtle and engaging psychological thriller. Gripping, scary but not your classic horror/slasher.
Published on February 10, 2010 by Donna Corman
1.0 out of 5 stars horrible
depressing, sadistic, sick, twisted, boring, dumb. Had to fast foward through most of the 2nd half. 1st half is O.K., but then.............
Published on February 7, 2009 by L. Hunt
2.0 out of 5 stars sub par b movie horror
i'm really at a loss as to why this movie got so many 5 star reviews. i didn't think there was any aspect that stood out or succeeded especially well. Read more
Published on December 21, 2008 by Kevin Ramser
4.0 out of 5 stars A great looking psychological mind bender.
If you only like films with big explosions and shallow storylines, this isn't the film for you. If you enjoy psychological thrillers, twists and turns, indie, low-budget gems, then... Read more
Published on June 3, 2008 by SmilingFeet
4.0 out of 5 stars Worthwhile in a studied way
The Dark Hours is an interesting Canadian synthesis/update of two ideas that can probably never be filmed too much--The House In the Woods and The Monster From the Id. Read more
Published on September 26, 2006 by Bawlmer Guy
2.0 out of 5 stars Save Your Money!
This movie is not worthy of seeing. My advice: don't waste your time or money.

Kate Greenhouse stars as Samantha Goodman, a doctor at a psychiatric facility. Read more
Published on July 5, 2006 by Ashley
3.0 out of 5 stars GREAT FILM - COMMENTARY?
The first time I viewed this - on DVD - I was impressed - not completely convinced/overwhelmed - but impressed enough to rent yet again - ok, I had a free rental coming - but I HAD... Read more
Published on June 26, 2006 by Michael A. Waldhart
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The language type in the information regarding this DVD, further up on the page, says it is English. The subtitles are probably in other languages. I doubt you'll need them.
Dec 28, 2006 by tinyperson |  See all 2 posts
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