Writer: Greg McLean, Shayne Armstrong, Shane Krause (Screenplay)
Starring: Jennifer Morrison, Lucy Fry, Kevin Bason, Ming-Na Wen, Radha Mitchell, David Mazouz, Matt Walsh, Tara Lynne Barr
Plot: A family returns from a Grand Canyon vacation, haunted by an ancient supernatural entity they unknowingly awakened and engages them in a fight for their survival.
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Verdict: Good Horror
Story: The Darkness starts as we meet two families, the Taylor’s Peter (Bacon), Bronny (Mitchell), Michael (Mazouz) and Stephanie (Fry) as well as the Carter’s Joy (Morrison), Gary (Walsh) and Andrew (Mack) who are enjoying a barbeque in the desert by the Grand Canyon which has an ancient Native American city underneath.
Michael the youngster member of the family is different to most other children being autistic finds himself falling into the city but unaware to anybody else knowledge, when the Taylor family return home strange things start happening and Michael has a new imaginary friend Jennifer. Peter and Bronny have to figure out whether Michael is getting sicker and becoming dangerous or whether there is something outside their power going on within the house.
The Darkness is a horror movie that I can’t help but think feels like a re-immigration of Poltergeist mainly because it is about a house being haunted by Native American spirits which does include a portal. I do think this story does enough to make this stand out unique enough but sadly the part of the film that disappoints the most is that we do see a serious side of the story not tackled long enough. As for a horror story this is enjoyable enough for the horror fans and does try to escape the cliché moments we could have seen happen.
Kevin Bacon: Peter Taylor is a well-respected architect and loving father who is going through a few marriage issues even though he wants to work through them. When the family are find strange things happening around the house he wants a doctor but his wife wants a supernatural investigator leading to a clash between the two other what they want to believe. Peter is also being sent temptation from his boss to cheat on his wife which seems pointlessly added to the story we are watching unfold. Kevin does a good job but this could have been pulled off by anyone strong leading man.
Radha Mitchell: Bronny Taylor is the wife and mother of the family who has to stay at home to care for Michael while balancing her own job. She is an alcoholic but has been clean for years. She fills the studying what could be happening role needed in this film having to go through her fair share of hauntings. Radha is solid in this role but like Kevin we could have almost anyone in this role.
David Mazouz: Michael Taylor is the autistic son of the family who finds a strange collection of stones in an ancient Native American city. He starts communicating with these spirits becoming increasingly involved with the strange goes on inside the house. David is good for the young star of the film.
Lucy Fry: Stephanie Taylor is the daughter in the family, she comes off as your everyday high school student but we do see a darker side of her suffering from bulimia. She doesn’t get the attention that Michael does until this is discovered while be one of the more focal points of the attacks on the family. Lucy is good in this role where she is dealing with a serious condition.
Support Cast: The Darkness has a supporting cast you would expect to see in horror, we have the paranormal helpers, the friends and the previously dealt with the situation characters. They all do the job you expect from them without being too involved in the final outcome.
Director Review: Greg McLean – Greg brings us a ghost filled horror that all works very well to step away from horror clichés.
Horror: The Darkness has good horror elements happening throughout which mix up the suspense and up scares nicely.
Settings: The Darkness keeps nearly all of the films horror elements inside the house showing it is the house that is the cause to the problem.
Special Effects: The Darkness uses the effects really well through to create the horror elements happening through the film.
Suggestion: The Darkness is one I do think all the horror fans will enjoy. (Horror Fans Watch)
Best Part: Hand Prints
Worst Part: Not tackling the serious side of the story away from the horror enough.
Chances of Tears: No
Chances of Sequel: No
Post Credits Scene: No
Oscar Chances: No
Runtime: 1 Hour 32 Minutes
Tagline: Evil comes home
Overall: Enjoyable horror that works for the genre.