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"The Darkness" Movie Review

Updated on December 17, 2021
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Nathan is a film critic and aspiring author with a true passion for the film industry who hopes his writings will help launch his career.


Have you ever hyped yourself up for a film that it feels dull? That's what it feels like here. It's rather surprising, considering the great talent involved. Kevin Bacon and David Mazouz are the best elements of the film but even they can't save the disaster that follows.

The film starts predictably and that's never a good sign. The younger child of the family carries home sacred objects from an Indian Burial ground which causes hauntings to occur. We've seen this time and time again, so already it's lackluster.

A huge flaw in the film is that it does not offer any explanations. For example, it's obvious David Mazouz's character is autistic, but they never explain what exactly he has. Is it Tourrette's? Asperger's? We don't know. He apparently has tipped over vases and left handprints all over the house before because wife Bronny always blames him under her breath but then punishes the elder sibling, Stephanie. Pretty crappy parenting, mom. Another explanation issue is that the film never explains just what the spirit's obsession was with Stephanie. It never bothered anyone but her. Why? Do I want to know?

The effects were pretty good for a horror film so I have no complaints there. The acting was decent all except for Mazouz. He did his best to portray an autistic child but his performance was just not convincing. David, Gotham called and they need you back.

Oh, yes, there's another element that I did not like. When Bronny finds out that Stephanie is throwing up her food, she immediately grabs her and starts screaming that she's sick in the head all while poor Stephanie is crying her eyes out. Peter (Kevin Bacon) hears the screaming and rushes in to save the day. He manages to calm Stephanie down and then,,, wait, what? No further explanation. Did Steph start eating again? Did she die of anorexia before her high school graduation? I wanna know if she's okay or not. Screw the spirits, anorexia is a serious problem and Steph needs the proper help! Screaming at her isn't helping. Once again, great parenting, mom.

In conclusion, I really don't recommend this film unless you absolutely feel like rolling your eyes and screaming at the screen the entire time. If they remake this down the road, I hope the story is more fluent and solid than this one. If you're witing a story or a screenplay, take my advice: Explain Yourself.

© 2016 Nathan Jasper


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