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The Darkroom (2005)

Shawn Pyfrom , Reed Diamond , Michael Hurst  |  NR |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Shawn Pyfrom, Reed Diamond, Greg Grunberg, Lucy Lawless, Erin Foster
  • Directors: Michael Hurst
  • Writers: Michael Hurst, Mark A. Altman
  • Producers: Alan Pao, Chuck Speed, Danny Wayne, John Duffy, John W. Hyde
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: January 2, 2007
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000JLTR9K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,927 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Darkroom" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Commentary with Writer/Director Michael Hurst and Producer Mark A. Altman
  • "The Darkroom Exposed" featurette
  • Deleted scenes

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Shawn Pyfrom, Reed Edward Diamond, Lucy Lawless. After an institutionalized amnesiac patient begins having visions of young women being murdered, he escapes and befriends a troubled teen. But when he begins to piece together clues of his identity, he sees danger in his future. 2006/color/84 min/NR.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great actors, interesting concept January 14, 2007
The movie opens with a man (Reed Diamond) who had something horrible happen to him, he just doesn't know what, he cannot remember his name nor his past. After being a tester for a new drug, he starts having horrible visions of a mud-like monster. He meets a kid name Stanley, and they both become friends. The rest of the movie is about the man's, played by Reed Diamond, journey to recover his lost memories, and Stanley's quest to find out what his father is up too.

Lucy Lawless --everyones favorite warrior princess/Cylon -- plays the alcoholic mother, a victim of abuse, which is quite a different role than we are used to seeing from Lawless; she does it well. Greg Grunberg --Alias's Eric Weiss, and Heroes Matt Parkman, also plays a very good, and different role than he has played in the past. In this movie he is the sadistic husband of Lucy Lawless. The acting is great, the plot isn't the most original, nor all that scary, but is entertaining, and stays interesting throughout its length.

This is a straight to DVD release. As such it doesn't have that high of a budget, you should not be expecting a masterpiece, but this movie does deliver quite a bit. I'm giving this four stars because the actor's performances are great and the concept is intriguing. Fans of Lucy Lawless and Greg Grunberg should have no problems nor regrets buying this DVD.

I don't want to give to much away, but if you enjoyed films like "The Jacket", "The Butterfly Effect" or the directors other movie "Room 6" you should pick this up.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A thriller of a movie with a twist. February 6, 2007
I purchased Darkroom anticipating another Boogeyman type movie, you know a horror, scary type movie with laughs. Well it's more a pyscho drama with a whodunit twist instead, even the title of the movie is a bit of a mystery. I did enjoy the movie, Michael does a good job with keeping you engaged in trying to figure out the mystery disappearances of several characters. Lucy does a very credible job of neglected wife considering this role is a huge departure from anything she's ever done. The main character has some major issues to resolve in his life and in the end I'm still not sure if he resolves them. Overall, good acting, a few scary moments, and a twist at the end to keep you guessing.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars FLASHY CAMERA January 6, 2007
THE DARK ROOM is a stylish, brooding little thriller that is original and well performed. Even though the movie has a large gaping plot hole (e.g., how could someone at age 15 disappear and apparently no one searched for him?), it maintains its interest and has a surprising, although predictable, finish.

Reed Diamond stars as a man who has been institutionalized for 15 years and has no memory of his life up to that point. He is given a new experimental drug which apparently doesn't work so he escapes, desperate to find his identity.

He befriends a 15 year old boy named Stanley (Shawn Pyfrom) who lives with his mother (an unrecognizable Lucy Lawless) and her brutish husband (Greg Grunberg), who is the boy's stepfather. Grunberg seems to be a camera nut, very protective of his dark room. Stanley enlists Diamond's help in finding out where his stepfather goes at night.

The film has an eerie atmosphere and Diamond and Pyfrom are quite good. There is a frightening monster presence, and overall, THE DARK ROOM is refreshingly different in today's cookie cutter horror films.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I am going to be honest here May 22, 2007
By Mark
When the movie stated, I thought ok, this is going to be a good movie. As it went on, I started to see "the creature from the black lagoon" image. I just rolled my eyes and went "oh boy". I continued to watch the movie "just for kicks" and was very pleasantly suprised when it ended with the ending. I started to think about the movie after seeing it and thought, "wow, that was a good movie". It was very well acted and the story was a unique one. What I do like to see in movies that are being made is the stories "a little different" from the rest of them. Yes, the movie is a little like the Sixth Sense but is just different enough to put an exciting twist to things. I highly recommend this movie to anyone that likes a "little twisted plot" to movies.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Strangely, It Is A Good Movie May 12, 2007
To start with it appears to be just another B-grade horror flick complete with a lame storyline. However as you progress through, the story becomes more twisted and strange until your just not quite sure what is going on. There isn't a lot of action and the movie has it's cheesy moments, but overall it's actually quite watch-able. There are a few actors some will notice from Heroes and Desperate Housewives along with the biggest name, the reason most likely that you looked at this movie in the first place, is Lucy Lawless aka Xena. Although her role isn't an important one, she is there quite often, more so than you would expect for a supporting actor role.

If you have a sharp eye and keen intuition, you'll follow the story and pick up on the clues as the movie progresses. And although the ending was lame, it was in all, necessary to complete the story and leave it somewhere where the audience would be happiest. This was a fairly decent movie, but definitely watch it if your a Lucy fan.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Definetly See This February 9, 2008
What we have here is the interesting story of a man who has been in a mental institution for the past 15 yeas after he was found on the side of the road covered in blood and no memory of who he was. He later escapes and befriends a young boy who needs help dealing with his problems with his step father (played by the mind reading cop from Heroes) and an alcoholic mother (played by Xena star Lucy Lawless who I barely recognized) ooh and there is that pesky mud covered monster that the guy keeps on seeing that is hacking everyone around him to death and a twist that you can really see coming.

The truth is I really liked this flick It has everything that I really enjoy. The main thing is the fact that there were no cheesy effects and they got aot on names to be in the flick that helped the movie and I likes seeing the cop from Heroes play a villain. Now the only drawback is the surprise ending let's face it we live in the era of flicks like the Sixth Sense and Fight Club where we see the shocking twist and when it is not built up we can see it from a mile away. they made one mistake that gave it away but if you're not looking at it as a critic you may miss it. Besides that it was a really good flick and I enjoyed it.

There are also some good features on the DVD for example the making of Featurette that does contain spoilers but they do give you a disclaimer before the DVD starts as well as some deleted scenes that made me wonder why they were cut from the film but they may have hurt the flow of he script.

I have to also mention that this flick was produced by Mind fire Entertainment that I am going to have to give a call about a job when I go out to LA this year.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great
i just love horror movie and plots they are good to watch, most of the time they are pretty scary
Published 2 months ago by Mary
1.0 out of 5 stars This movie belongs in a darkroom where it can never be seen
Don't waste your time and money on this one. I bought it because I love horror movies and it got 5.7 stars on Read more
Published 9 months ago by Rich
5.0 out of 5 stars wow
lots of twist and turns , over all was pretty good
great seeing Lucy lawless just wish the woman she played would not have been so weak
Published 16 months ago by Kim mRosell
5.0 out of 5 stars Another hooray
This movie is delightful and entertaining. A murder of the past is inflicted in the mind of a mentally ill patient who is possessed by monstrous images of a "Thor" like... Read more
Published 18 months ago by crystalblue_teacher
3.0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Movie Review! - [...] - @tss5078
This is one of those horror movies that tries to scare you based on the, "it could actually happen' premise. The ending makes the movie. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Todd Smith
1.0 out of 5 stars I'm DUMBFOUNDED
What the hell is wrong with all the people that gave this piece of cinematic retardation good reviews... It's like a bad student film. Read more
Published on August 4, 2011 by A. Cosentino
1.0 out of 5 stars Please keep the lights off next time
The Darkroom begins as a monster movie, segues into an Identity-like psychological thriller, and then strives to become the next Sixth Sense. Read more
Published on February 16, 2011 by Michael J. Tresca
4.0 out of 5 stars Creepy!
I don't want to tell any details and spoil this movie for anyone, so just let me say I found it creepy. Read more
Published on November 4, 2010 by Lynn L. Staude
4.0 out of 5 stars it's... worth watching (wow did I just recommend this?)
The Darkroom is one of those movies that's honestly really *really* bad in every conceivable way, but for some really mysterious reason... Read more
Published on October 12, 2010 by B. E Jackson
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible movie!
This is one of the worst movies I've watched (it was amatuerish at best). The video teasers (showing Lucy's breast's almost falling out while bending over the kitchen counter)says... Read more
Published on May 28, 2008 by Melvin W. Champion
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