Welcome to the Splatterparty! This is one nasty little bloodbath, showered down upon us with sick and grueling depravity that only underground horror can provide. Gorelovers, grab a fork! Writer/director Leif Jonker and his friends actually financed much of this cult gem with their own blood, using the money they earned from their donations at the nearby plasma bank.
$5,000 budget? Are you kidding me? I heard Rob Zombie's Halloween remake had a budget of around 15 million.
Now it does have the expected problems that come with a super-low budget horror flick. Horrendous acting, amateurish directing, bad transfer. But really I think this adds to the charm. The narrative jumps around alot, which didn't seem to serve much of a purpose. We're often given indications--23 minutes to daylight, or 9 minutes to night. But it would still look like broad daylight. Kinda silly, but all is forgiven. And when some people have a delayed reaction to the heinous onslaught occurring just in front of them, you can't help but yell "Run dummy!". Oh well...
Luckily there is enough awesome to make you forget about the ridiculous. Darkness is a pretty straight forward vampire story, stuck back in the 80's. We've got mullets, Hard Rock Cafe T-Shirts, & some cheesy metal. The violence jumps right in and never stops. I'm talking about blood, blood, blood. And more blood. It sometimes feels more like a apocalyptic zombie tale. Other times maybe a gory cannibal flick. Trust me, there will be lots of flesh rippage and gooey carnage.
This has an incredibly vicious ending. Badass stuff! It kinda reminded me of the flesh melting scene at the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark. But better! No CGI here though, some phenomenal special effects, regardless of the budget.
Darkness: The Vampire Version is great low budget vampire flick that has achieved international cult status. Way too cool!
Highly recommended to the gore lovers. And even to Twilight fans. You must be converted.
Be afraid of the Darkness