And Soon the Darkness
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This is unfortunate, because "Darkness" is something almost unique in the suspense genre: a film taking place almost completely in daylight, yet conveying a sense of encroaching doom that rivals some of the best films in the field.
The film is almost plotless. Two nurses go on a biking excursion through the French countryside to see "the real France." But they have a falling out, and after their rift one of them (played by Michelle Dotrice) is murdered by an unseen (off-screen) assailant. The other girl, Pamela Franklin, struggles on, but soon a lone detective, claiming to be from the police, joins her, and they "collaborate" in a search for the missing girl.
It isn't long before "Jane" (Pamela) grows suspicious of the detective, and starts to believe he's the killer. Once this suspicion dawns, we witness her sporadic attempts to get to the bottom of things. Her meetings with the local gendarme, a café owner, a schoolteacher, and a blind war veteran, uncover nothing ---- though their collective "testimony" only adds to her unease. Eventually, of course, we discover the real killer, who, though constantly prowling the daylight, almost succeeds in delivering "darkness" to his second victim in a row.
To repeat ---- the remarkable thing about the film is how the constant scanning of open, sun-drenched fields and barren roads evokes an atmosphere of dread. I'm hard-pressed to name another film which accomplishes its aims by similar means ---- almost all the clichés of cobwebs, shadowy stairways, and rain-soaked streets are missing here.Read more ›
The DVD transfer is excellent and the audio commentary is interesting. All in all, a must buy.
Without giving anything away, the film's power lies in how it masterfully keeps us guessing - guessing about what has happened, who we can trust, and how it holds its secret to the very end, yielding nothing - a feat deserving of study by today's filmmakers, who fill the world with so much "predictablilia". There is nothing predictable about this story because it feels so plotless, so absent of formula, so uncliched. Just a natural unfolding of events, like real experience, and yet dreamlike. This is why it remains remarkable to this day.
The movie stars Pamela Franklin (The Legend of Hellhouse), who is perfectly cast as the more responsible of the two girls, her more frivolous companion played by Michele Dotrice (Hammer Film's The Witches).Read more ›
Two British nurses are biking through the French countryside. They stop for a rest, have an argument then end up splitting up. One goes ahead to the next town. The other stays to lay out in the sun and rest. After a few hours of waiting for her friend to show up she starts questioning a few of the odd locals and soon discovers the road she is traveling on is a "Bad Road"...things get interesting from there. The entire movie takes place in daylight hours. The small towns along the country road are desolate the town folk look poor and tired. What makes the town people "odd" in my opinion is that they rarely talk. They mainly observe what goes on around them and try to stay indoors (the doors are locked alot in the movie). They are not openly friendly nor do they volunteer any information. Later in the movie the viewer finds out why they don't volunteer any information and it comes together rather nicely.
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Old and not really that suspenseful. But I was still surprised at the end.Published 3 months ago by landofoz
I looked at the remake, and decided that this was superior, though the remake was pretty good. This reminded me a little of Nicholas Roeg's Don't Look Now, in its sense of... Read morePublished 5 months ago by ExploitationPurveyor
This movie was pretty much a waste of time. Poor acting and a weak story line about two gals who got separated while touring on bikes. It was not believable. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Class Act