ABC Film Challenge – Horror – K – Dark Skies (2013) Movie Review


This is going to be under K for lead actress Keri Russell.

Director: Scott Stewart

Writer: Scott Stewart (Screenplay)

Starring: Keri Russell, Jake Brennan, Josh Hamilton, Dakota Goyo, Kadan Rockett, J.K. Simmons

Plot: As the Barrett family’s peaceful suburban life is rocked by an escalating series of disturbing events, they come to learn that a terrifying and deadly force is after them, one which may have arrived from beyond the stars.

Tagline – Fear the Dark

Runtime: 1 Hour 37 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Dark Skies starts as the everyday American family the Barrett’s Lacy (Russell), Daniel (Hamilton), Jesse (Goyo) and Sam (Rockett) find their lives turned upside down when they get a strange visit over the night.

As the time rolls on, the family starts to get more traumatic visits, once that are leaving marks on their children, causing blackouts in their everyday life, facing a race against time to figure out what the visits are about.

Thoughts on Dark Skies

ThoughtsDark Skies is a sci-fi horror movie that will see one family needing to figure out why they are getting visits from a mysterious figure at night, soon learning it is aliens, leading them to explore a way to save their family. The core of the story is coming together as a family to stay safe, from an unknown presence, while certain parts of what happen, could look like more criminal offences or abuse. When it comes to the horror in the film, the moments are very good and well built-up moments, even if they do end up becoming dream sequences for the most part, well blackout moments more than a dream. Keri Russell is great in the leading role, looking to fight to save her family. It is the ending of the movie that feels most disappointing, leaving us on a massive cliff hanger, that we have never returned to.

Final Thoughts Dark Skies is a well built-up horror that falls flat with the open ended ending.

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