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A Darker Reality NR

3.0 out of 5 stars (9) IMDb 4.1/10

A detective and an FBI agent hunt for a psycho killer, known as Ghost (Baldwin), who tortures his female victims before brutally murdering them.

Starring:
Daniel Baldwin, James C. Burns
Runtime:
1 hour, 28 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Horror
Director Chris Kazmier
Starring Daniel Baldwin, James C. Burns
Supporting actors Sunny Doench, Alisha Seaton, Alma S. Grey, Grasie Mercedes, Warren Draper, Jonathan Oldham, Arthur Bullock, Laila Dagher, Anne Girard, Heather Howe, Jake Hutson, Kane Jacobs, Scout Raskin, Pete Moby, John Murray, Charles Doff, Shahe Koulloukian, Nicole Oring
Studio Phase 4 Films (USA), LLC
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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If you're a fan of gore or torture movies, A Darker Reality would be right up your alley. Otherwise, nothing about this horror flick really stands out. A Darker Reality tells the story of a sadistic maniac, nicknamed "The Ghost", that kidnaps and tortures young women until he ultimately kills them. The Ghost drops hints to a persistent Detective, who is teamed up with a beautiful psychiatrist in order to track down the serial killer.

If you're into movies along the lines of Hostel, or are a diehard gore-hound, a Darker Reality delivers. There's a good bit of blood, torture, and nudity. Aside from that, there's nothing memorable about this movie.

The story was written by a first-time writer, shot by a first time director, and it shows. Most of the cast had only appeared in television, or in shorts. The performances, especially those of the detective and his psychiatrist partner, are soap-opera quality. Daniel Baldwin noticeably puts some effort into his role, but it just doesn't seem like a good fit.

My biggest complaint about this movie is that it heavily borrows from other horror flicks. A Darker Reality lifts ideas related to the killer's journals in "Seven", a plot twist from one of the "Saw" movies, and an entirely too similar character idea and twist from "Just Cause." The final twist of the movie is foreshadowed early on, but even then it's fairly predictable.

I suppose it's worth watching once if you're a diehard fan of horror movies, there are certainly worse straight-to-video horror flicks out there. But unless you're big into gore and torture, you might find yourself let down by the recycled concepts. Give this one a watch before you consider buying the DVD.
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A Darker Reality (Chris Kazmier, 2008)

About ten minutes into A Darker Reality, I started looking for information about the movie online--specifically, I wanted to see if The Ghost (played by Homicide: Life on the Street's Daniel Baldwin), the movie's serial killer, was based on a real-life guy (at the beginning, his narration sounds like he's writing letters to the cops or the press, rather than keeping a diary, so I figured maybe he was based on Zodiac). Because unless this movie is based at least partially in reality, what would have been the point of making it? It's Just Another Torture Porn Piece of Crap(TM) otherwise. Unfortunately, my searchings, which lasted for the rest of the movie, turned up squat. As far as I can tell, The Ghost sprung full-fledged from the brain of creator Chris Kazmier. The movie's writing credit goes to the amusingly-named Sxv'leithan Essex (responsible for the similarly-awful Bled the following year), but the movie is oft-quoted on the net as a "reimaging" (I'd assume they meant "reimagining" if I hadn't seen that particular term in so many different places) of the Kazmier-written 2006 feature Dark Reality, so I'm blaming The Ghost on Kazmier, not Essex.

Plot: The Ghost, as I've already mentioned, is a serial killer, responsible so far for the disappearances of eighty-five women in... umm, I think it's supposed to be LA (it's definitely somewhere in California) (and I don't remember if I picked that stat up from the movie itself or from a review of the flick, so apologies on that). Some of them are still alive in, presumably, the basement of the house he shares with his mentally challenged, equally sadistic brother Newt (Man Overboard's Arthur Bullock, one of the actors reprising his role from Dark Reality).
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The most cringe-worthy part of this film was when then doctor and detective are eating rice and beans with their hands and sucking their own fingers clean after each bite. It's like the actors were just running lines while enjoying craft services and the director decided to film them. I'm supposed to believe that the female doctor is discussing kidnapping, rape, torture and murder of multiple women nonchalantly while smiling, flirting and savoring her food?

Also, I dunno who did the wardrobe and makeup for this. But the first scene with the doctor as the hospital, she's wearing a sexy tube-top. One of the women being held captive is wearing bright red lipstick.
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I'm giving this 3 stars because the horror and grotesque scenes filmed to make this movie seem so real it makes you question if it actually was real or not. I actually felt rather sympathetic for the women that auditioned for this movie because of the character roles they had to adapt to. I ended up turning off the dvd player because it became unbearable to watch with how disgusting this movie gets. It is an undeniably good horror movie, but because of how grotesque it is, it seems too realistic.
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WOW! This is VERY INTENSE horror movie with kinky scenes that caught me by surprise as I thought it was going to be just another 'torture' horror flick. This is a seriously dramatic look at captivity and torment of desperate women by a truly disturbing bondage-obsessed psycho played PERFECTLY by a very creepy Daniel Baldwin. The women are such powerful actresses that you can't help but get sucked into this movie moreso than others in the 'torture horror' sub-genre. There are all kinds of creepy details like the bizarre areas of confinement, and the way the women keep putting their hands over each others' mouths when one of them starts to go crazy because the psycho 'will kill them if they scream'. This is a dark movie for sure but it's so well done that it elevates it into a more interesting realm than usual for these types of movies. This must be close to what really goes on in a real madman's grotto of torture! No 'knight in shining armor' coming to save the day, these women are left to fend for themselves against horrible odds. Some feminists are going to hate this movie for what these women have to go through but they will ultimately be missing the point. These actresses deserve kudos for being tough enough to take on these incredibly challenging roles and their realistic, dramatic performances make you loathe the psycho all the more. He is a deeply perverse character who reveals what's on his mind in such a creepy fashion that his brutal honesty is truly unsettling. This movie raises the bar for political incorrectness in horror movies and as far as I'm concerned makes it more realistic and TRULY 'horrifying'.
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