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The Dark Hour [2005] [DVD]


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  • Actors: Jorge Casalduero, Nadia de Santiago, Marco Gonzalez, Carola Manzanares, Omar Munoz
  • Directors: Elio Quiroga
  • Producers: Elio Quiroga
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Spanish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: High Fliers
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Oct 2008
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001G6UPF2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,264 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Spanish horror in which a group of apocalypse survivors find themselves isolated from the remnants of society and under siege living in a subterranean bunker. They dare not abandon the crumbling complex as it is the only security from the enemy that awaits them outside. Living in a constant state of fear, they face the fact that food supplies and ammunitions are running out, giving them no choice but to leave the secure area. Together they start their quest for survival, facing an enemy that is stronger then expected, with a power that can destroy all mankind.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ghost on 8 Sep 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This movie is a surprisingly haunting tale of human survival, post apocolyptic events. It opens with the youngest member of a small group of mismatched survivors keeping a video diary of his life. The tale unweaves to show us how the tiny community are trapped in a world of corridors and bunkers, where finding food is becoming an increasing problem and with the continued threat of contamination from zombie like humans. If this wasn't enough to deal with there is also a strange almost supernatural threat from creatures who prowl the corridors bringing with them extreme cold, manifesting as mist and frost that rapidly creeps down the hallways. I don't want to give away the ending as it does complete the fable nicely.

The look of the movie really compliments the story, filmed in muted light and a dark almost colourless palette it has some very nice subtle effects that capture the claustrphobic world it is set in. The whole feel of the movie is one of a sense of doomed but persistant existance enclosed in a world that is slowly decaying.

On the whole I enjoyed the movie greatly and have watched it a few times. As a science fiction movie it does tread a path well worn, but manages to bring something of it's own. Definately worth watching if you like sci-fi centred on human relationships and a story rather than state of the art effects.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By socrates17 on 6 Jan 2009
Format: DVD
The Dark Hour [2005]
Did I mention relentlessly pessimistic?
The Cold Hour (as correctly translated) takes several cliche' horror film tropes, combines them in entirely unexpected ways, adds brilliant acting and great cinematography and ends with a purely science fictional image that will live in my mind for a really long time.
This is a well put-together ensemble piece. I'd tracked it down, having been encouraged by the largely positive IMDb reviews, but mainly because of the Silke (Hornillos Klein) Rule: "Buy Anything She is In" that dates back to Julio Medem's wonderful, Philip K. Dickian, Tierra.
Purely from the perspective of The Silke Rule, this film could almost have been seen as a disappointment since, although her character Maria is top billed, all of the characters are extremely well balanced and no one is really the lead. Every part is so well written and so well acted, however, that the viewer comes out ahead.
In fact, the primary PoV is 8 year old Jesús, played by Omar Muñoz, and he is wonderful, despite my normal antipathy towards child actors.
I can't, alas, say much more without revealing too much.

If you've read the other reviews, you already know that the primary situation appears to be similar to 28 days, et al. (This MAY actually be correct - if you prefer clear, pat explanations from a film, rather than have it ask as may questions as it answers, leaving you with a delicious sense of cognitive dissonance, then go watch something else). However, I've never seen that ultra-standard plot trope handled THIS way, or combined with THAT.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By NSJ on 20 April 2011
Format: DVD
This is one of those low budget movies that really works. It's not like the new crop of horror movies that rely on lots of blood to get you scared. This is like an old school horror flick that relies more on tension and suspense to get you scared. While watching this I had to pause the movie twice because I was getting so creeped out. If you're looking for something to kill time that won't remind you of Hostel or Signs, this is it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sephy on 25 Aug 2010
Format: DVD
Aah, Spanish horror. I think I'm in love. I watched this movie after reading the synopsis which said something about a bunch of people trying to survive in a bunker after some apocalypse. There is so much more to it than that....oh yeah and it's not a bunker, more like a bunch of rooms under a warehouse.
With supernatural hints and flesh-eaten monsters threatening their existance they have to keep their wits about them if they are to protect the children from the truth.....
With one of the best twists ever, this sci/fi is an absolute classic.
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I watched this with my son and I liked the film but he didn't. So I suppose that it's all a question of taste.
I found it very watchable. This was my second purchase of the DVD. The first one I bought went missing and I wanted to watch it a second time to work everything out.
One of my all time favourite films is "Ice Cold In Alex". If you like that type of film, I suppose you might enjoy this one.
Note that it's in Spanish with sub-titles but I found this OK.
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when i brought this i thought oh no its a subtitled film but i thought id give it a go, and im really glad i did ! its a story of survival, and your mind starts thinking as the story goes on that you know how its gonna end but i was only 50% right its about a community of people out for survival, and it may be slow in a few places but you just have to keep watching and you will be glad you did. the story gets you on the edge of yr seats as it goes on but in all the ending is one that made me think omg this could really happen its a film worth watching ive watched about a dozen times now and i still think its brilliant
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