Darling (2015) Movie Review

Director: Mickey Keating

Writer: Mickey Keating (Screenplay)

Starring: Lauren Ashley Carter, Sean Young, Brian Morvant, Larry Fessenden, John Speredakos, Al-nisa Petty, Helen Rogers

Plot: A lonely girl’s violent descent into madness.

Runtime: 1 Hour 18 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Darling starts when a young lady Darling (Carter) takes a job housesitting a notoriously haunted house, she finds herself in this house in the middle of New York, experiencing strange things around the home, slowly starting to see herself change as the house starts to her mix her mind into the madness of the world.

Thoughts on Darling

Characters & Performances – Darling is the young lady that starts to see herself descend into madness with her time alone in the haunted house, she finds herself questioning her reality and becoming suspicious of the people she meets. Lauren Ashely Carter does bring us a great performance as the unstable figure that is finding herself unsure of what is real. When we look into the supporting characters we only get small visits that will lead to different reactions for Darlin, with nearly the whole relying on Lauren’s performance.

StoryThe story here follows a young woman that takes a job as a house sitter in a haunted house where she slowly starts to see herself fall into the madness the home has created for her. This is an unsettling story that will leave us watching uncomfortably as Darling starts to lose her mind and become more dangerous during each day in this home. We are kept guessing to what will happen next to the young woman, with plenty of jolting shots to show how far she might have gone.

ThemesDarling is a horror film that will show the descent into madness that Darling goes through, this will become apparent as we see the New York home, become one of the most containing locations despite being in the big city.


Darling is an unsettling, jarring horror with a wonderful performance from Lauren Ashley Carter.

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