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Darkness [DVD]

Anna Paquin , Lena Olin , Xavi Giménez    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Anna Paquin, Lena Olin, Iain Glen, Giancarlo Giannini, Fele Martinez
  • Directors: Xavi Giménez
  • Producers: Carles Cases, Julio Fernández
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Disney
  • DVD Release Date: 18 July 2005
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009M9F2I
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 57,060 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Horror directed by Jaume Balaguero that follows father and husband Mark (Iain Glen), his wife (Lena Olin), and their two children (Anna Paquin and Stephan Enquist) on their move to an outwardly quaint country home. When the family decide to host a housewarming party, their houseguests begin to mysteriously disappear, the lights begin to flicker incessantly on and off, while Mark's Huntington's disease makes a comeback after a ten-year dormancy. Regina (Paquin) expects that the problem stems from the house itself, but no one believes her. Determined to prove her case, Regina decides to pay a visit to the man (Fermi Rexach) who built the house to begin with.

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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Speaking as a veteran of many horror films, I find myself unable to comprehend the low ratings this film receives. My only regret about watching Darkness is the fact that I saw the rated rather than the unrated version. The film is a little less than perfect, but it is, without question, one of the creepiest films I've ever seen. In my opinion, Jaume Balaquero is the most exciting horror director working today. Like The Nameless, Darkness is a visual masterpiece of cinematography - although Balaquero probably tried a little bit too hard with this film. All of the random visuals are a little overdone, the movie drags a little longer than it should have for maximum effect, and the ending is - most unfortunately - far too ambiguous, but Balaquero knows horror - how to approach it and how to present it.
It's amazing how effective the haunted house motif still remains - as long as it's done right, incredible things are possible. Apart from the ending, this film is done absolutely right. The house in question here is inherently evil and most definitely haunted - although, as in real life, the greatest dangers to the innocent are men with evil in their hearts. Forty years ago, six children disappeared, but one escaped - although he could not remember enough to help the cops catch the evildoers. Now, forty years later, a family has moved into the gloomy house where the crimes took place - but only the children sense the danger lurking there. Young Paul retreats within himself and begins showing unexplained bruises around his neck, while teenaged daughter Regina (Anna Paquin) picks up on the evil presence and tries to protect her brother; the parents are less than useless.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Marmite Movie. 11 Dec 2013
By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
We have a saying in the UK about the food product Marmite, that it's one of those foods that you either love or hate. Jaume Balagueró's Darkness is one such Marmite Movie. You will get it and find it intriguing, or you will be like me, wanting to stick your head in the microwave until death comes mercifully.

Plot finds an American family moving into a Spanish country house only to find it haunted by the ghosts of evil deeds past.

Starring Anna Paquin, Lena Olin, Iain Glen, Giancarlo Giannini and Stephan Enquist, it's a film that's as muddled as it is silly. Cast work hard to make the flimsy material work, but the repetitiveness and unadventurous formula of the whole thing hamstrings their efforts. Balagueró is let loose with his digital editing device and tries desperately to induce shocks, but it all looks so fake and lazy. While the script produces dialogue that is wholly unbelievable and the ending thinks it's clever, but really it's a very unsatisfactory and cheap pay off.

3 jars of Marmite out of 10.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars No Darkness and certainly not shining either! 12 Mar 2006
Format:DVD
How often do you see a trailer on another DVD or on the TV for a new horror movie and think "that looks like I should add it to my list" ? Thats exactly what my hubby said when he saw the trailer for Darkness, and who could blame him? The trailer certainly looked exciting... like the movie was a modern day shining-esque dark thriller. So I picked it up as a stocking filler for him for christmas (2005).
This movie was just plain painful to watch!
Its a no-starter really, with no background description and very little sense of direction to it.
The idea, which had the potential to make quite a good movie, is that a family move into your cliche spooky house. Weird things happen from the minute they walk through the door & Dad starts to loose the plot.
It turns out that the house has been built to the plans of some bonkers architect, and designed with some occultist ritualism in mind, and it also turns out that the Dad has been there before... he just blocked the memories out...
I wont give the rest of the plot away, just incase you do decide to give it a watch for yourself!
Relating to or even understanding the characters is impossible, and there really is no character development whatsoever... Oh, and every character seems to be "the lead" character - and a rip off from another movie too!
- You have the psycho Dad - a Jack Nickleson in the shining wannabe - and the actor is not particularly good in his attempts to mimic!
- You have the Son - he's the only one who can see "freaky things" going on - an attempted (and you know what poor) rip of the sixth sense.
- The mother is actually almost a complete non entity! Shes there, but god knows what for - she did so much for the movie that I cant remember it!
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Different film? 17 Aug 2006
By Jodie
Format:DVD
Not sure if I was watching a different film, but I thought this film was excellent - thought it was really different, it actually gave me bad dreams!!

I also though the ending was really original although some people sat behind us in the cinema were obviously less than impressed!

Very spooky - I will admit though I do have a bit of a problem with an overative imagination and the dark!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Under rated creepy film 31 Jan 2007
By Anarky
Format:DVD
I really enjoyed this film as unlike most horror these days, it doesn't rely on cheap thrills and jumpy moments, and it also doesn't feel the need to explain itself either. Which is a VERY GOOD THING.

Too many films these days feel the need to explain why something is happening in horror, when in fact the unknown is way more scary. Event Horizon is another good example of not explaining they why's of everything.

I found this a genuinely creepy film, but if you enjoy cheap thrills and 'Scream-esque' tat, then you, like so many others, won't really enjoy it or like it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful.
Nothing I can say about this apart from it is awful and so boring and turned it off. Absolutely dreadful.
Published 29 days ago by Rhys Kevin
3.0 out of 5 stars SCARY AND SLOW
The movie is slow to develop. This normally is not bad because during this time most scripts build character. This movie never builds character, which is its major downfall. Read more
Published 7 months ago by The Movie Guy
3.0 out of 5 stars not the best
to be honest i lost interest hhalf way thru its too slow and not much to it its not scary and not the best ive seen its ok if your bored and want something to watch x
Published 13 months ago by Rachel
3.0 out of 5 stars So near, yet so far....
I agree we many of the negative reviews of 'Darkness' here but didn't find it all that bad...honest! Read more
Published 14 months ago by The Dandy Highwayman
5.0 out of 5 stars Why all the bad reviews?
I just love this movie and cannot the generally bad reviews it has been getting since its release.
It's not the best horror movie ever made, no, but it is very well directed... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Mrs. V. F. R. Niekerk
5.0 out of 5 stars Very creepy, great film
Watched this with a friend who I'm trying to persuade to like scary films - we were both very spooked. This film has some great unexpected twists, and the ending is brilliant. Read more
Published on 5 Jan 2012 by Zanna
2.0 out of 5 stars Dark but flawed ...
Not quite as bad as many critics have said - it is true that it is disappointing in terms of plot and script but there is some creepy atmosphere occurring and the cast are good... Read more
Published on 18 Aug 2011 by Shrewlord
1.0 out of 5 stars No Light In This Darkness
I must stop falling victim viewer to this modern abhorration of adult-orientated 'thinker horrors'-i.e non-horrors doing criminal impersonations. Read more
Published on 2 Nov 2010 by ScottPaul ScottPaul
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent chiller
A family return to Spain from the U.S.A, and move into an old country house.Soon strange events happen. Read more
Published on 30 Oct 2008 by Mr. Jonathon T. Beckett
2.0 out of 5 stars dull as!
why did i bother with this film?it's all been done before!!well to be honest maybe its the recent film ' the messengers' which gave me cause for alarm, as there were so many... Read more
Published on 13 Oct 2008 by Ms. F. I. Macdonald
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