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Darkness [DVD]


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  • Actors: Anna Paquin, Lena Olin, Iain Glen, Giancarlo Giannini, Fele Martinez
  • Directors: Jaume Balagueró
  • Producers: Julio Fernández, Brian Yuzna
  • 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: 46,723 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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2.7 out of 5 stars

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 11 Dec 2013
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER on 24 Sep 2013
Format: DVD
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. Anna Paquin is the main character as the daughter Regina, yet we never get to know her. She is a moody teen who can swim. He has a bad feeling about the house, but it is displayed so poorly. The movie starts to get exciting about half way through. If you can make it until Dad is slicing fruit and is angry, congratulations the movie is about to start. At this point the dull movie begins to get clever. The images of dark figures flashing in the darkness and then not being there is a simple but effective scary effect.

An American family moves to Spain. It is the part of Spain where everyone speaks English and all the radio stations broadcast in English. The house is "haunted" and weird things happen when it gets dark. The darkness is evil and has intellect. The problem with the plot twists and scary images is that we really don't care about the family because they never developed them.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 5 Aug 2005
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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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jodie on 17 Aug 2006
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bomb Cosmetic lover. on 26 Mar 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Nothing I can say about this apart from it is awful and so boring and turned it off. Absolutely dreadful.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Anarky on 31 Jan 2007
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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Jonathon T. Beckett on 30 Oct 2008
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A family return to Spain from the U.S.A, and move into an old country house.Soon strange events happen. The father Mark(Ian Glenn) starts to have unexplained fits and appears to be undergoing a nervous breakdown,Mark's young son Paul has bruises on his neck and shoulders,and the daughter Regina(Anna Paquin) is determined to find out the history of the house. What she discovers is something evil from the past, that threatens to break out into the present.
I simply can't believe all the negative reviews that I've read for this film. I think its a wonderfully creepy film, with several genuine shocks and a insiduously creepy atmosphere that really grabs the viewer by the throat. One criticism I've read is that the film is confusing. Well this might be partly down to the fact that the theatrical release has been severely cut. Still, I found the plot easy to follow, maybe just a bit of imagination is all the viewer requires. A second criticism I've read is that the plot is derivative of earlier, better films. Sure, it does remind you of other films, but when its all done as well as this, it really doesnt matter.
It really is a film with several very creepy moments(i.e the demons that can escape from the photograph and impersonate the living) and I wholly recommend it to fans of intelligent horror films, and also to readers of Ramsey Campbell and H.P Lovecraft. A superb film(though I wish that the unrated longer version was available commercially) and please go ahead and buy it despite any negative reviews you may read. 5 out of 5
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