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The Darkness

Horror . Thriller

A family returns from a Grand Canyon vacation with a supernatural presence in tow.

Actors: Kevin Bacon , Radha Mitchell , David Mazouz , Lucy Fry , Parker Mack , Matt Walsh , Jennifer Morrison , Sara Mornell , Ming-Na Wen , Paul Reiser
Directors: Greg McLean
Country: USA
Release: 2016-05-13
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  • A.A. Dowd

    It’s vaguely endearing to watch Bacon and Mitchell actually try to act their way through the film’s family drama, as though it weren’t a perfunctory pretext to jump scares. The Darkness needs their chops. It needs anything to distract horror fans from the fact that there’s nothing new here.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Jordan Hoffman

    Bacon, Mitchell and especially young Lucy Fry are all quite effective in these dramatic scenes. But this isn’t a drama. It’s a dumbass, inexpensive horror flick which means anything real is thrown away so that poorly rendered CG ghosts can hover about and smash up windows.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • Edward Douglas

    The Darkness offers very few new scares, mainly because it's so haunted by the ghosts of far better horror movies.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Noel Murray

    While McLean and company admirably aim for some relevance by tying the Taylors’ haunting to their personal demons, ultimately The Darkness is just the same old show: things that go bump in the night, and the tasteful decor they defile.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    The scariest thing about The Darkness turns out to be the trailers to this summer’s more promising horror offerings, “Lights Out” and “Don’t Breathe.”

    Movie Nation Full Review
  • Steve Davis

    It’s like being haunted by outsized chimney sweeps that never bathe. And for the most part, it’s about that scary.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Scott Tobias

    At some point in the production process, co-writer/director Greg McLean must have believed he was making John Cassavetes’ “Poltergeist,” but this odd fusion of psychodrama and supernatural hokum gets away from him.

    Variety Full Review
  • Chuck Bowen

    This enterprise is so listless that one can't even work up a proper head of self-righteous steam over the spooky Native American clichés that drive the plot.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Peter Sobczynski

    The Darkness is pretty much a total bust—it isn’t scary, it isn’t exciting and it plods along at such a snails pace that even though it clocks in at just over 90 minutes, it plays like it runs at least twice that. Full Review
  • John DeFore

    Amid the rarely very creepy buildup to the Amityville-ish showdown to come, the screenplay piles on more unrelated domestic drama than the picture can take.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
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