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The Dark

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5.61 h 35 min2018X-Ray15
FrightFest Presents. Hailed by critics as "the best horror film in recent memory", The Dark is a haunting and deeply intense atmospheric film about love, monsters and revenge that is being compared to the spine-chilling Let The Right One In. Mina stalks the forest that saw her murder. Anyone who enters, become her feast. But when she meets a young boy, she becomes his protector. Intense!
Directors
Justin P. Lange
Starring
Nadia AlexanderToby NicholsKarl Markovics
Genres
HorrorDramaYoung Adult Audience
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Audio Languages
English
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Producers
Danny KrauszFlorian KrügelAndrew Nicholas McCann SmithLaura PerlmutterKurt Stocker
Studio
Signature Entertainment
Content advisory
Alcohol usefoul languagesexual contentviolence
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3.3 out of 5 stars

143 global ratings

  1. 33% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 16% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 21% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 9% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 20% of reviews have 1 stars
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SeafirelivReviewed in the United Kingdom on 15 August 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
Tiring, predictable, female positive ending...
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Possible spoilers so don`t read if you don`t want spoiler..

Ok, so this is a girl that was abused, almost killed, left for dead, but survived. So she basically becomes a murderer and a cannibal. She also looks like a monster.

In the end, she kind of gets `better`, although still murdering people, and by the very end looks like a normal girl again and everything`s sweetness and flowers. Oh and she gets picked up by a woman, not a man, of course.

This kind of story, especially if it had featured a male doing this it would`ve ended up in him being shot to death by police or dying in some way, even nobly, but if it`s girl, it`s ok, happy ending for her. Tired of this making excuses for females movies because some bad man (as per usual, it`s always a stereotypical evil man, right) did something to her. It still don`t excuse murdering everyone and eating them for dinner.

I actually liked the old guy on the run at the very beginning and thought we had an interesting character here, but no, he`s evil and had to die of course to make way for the evil girl `who isn`t really evil` because she was abused mantra. Only men can be evil. yawn.

Other than that the actual general story was ok until the ending.
15 people found this helpful
Ian DouglasReviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 August 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Utter rubbish, avoid avoid avoid !
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Absolute garbage, worst film iv ever had the misfortune to have watched, no plot whatsoever, girl abused then buried alive in woods by mothers boyfriend, wakes up moves into remote empty house in the middle of woods, boy with eyes burnt out abducted by a man ( we don’t know why ) turns up at the remote house. Girl kills man, blind boy and girl wander through woods kill an old woman then wander through woods again for rest of film, actually contemplated burning my own eyes out at one point, We watched this movie due to fact it’s billed by critics as best horror in ages. Quite frankly iv watched most scary episodes of Scooby Doo. Do yourself a favour avoid this rubbish at all cost it doesn’t even deserve a single star 😡
13 people found this helpful
Lumpen-DoodleReviewed in the United Kingdom on 21 April 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Not your usual horror film
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I was surprised by this film, and how the horror reflected the damage these two teenagers had suffered. It’s alway a good sign when you start worrying about the characters, and I found myself getting involved with them.

If you are expecting the usual constantly wittering or screaming American teens you see in horror movies nowadays, you’ll be disappointed. Ok, there is some, but justified IMHO.
4 people found this helpful
Mike WolfsonReviewed in the United Kingdom on 29 July 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
The Dark: An original horror story about abuse
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If you’re in the mood for the usual run of the mill formulaic horror flick then The Dark is probably one to avoid. The Dark is not your run of the mill horror story, but it does start like one.

At its core it’s a film about abuse. Two kids who have suffered horrifically get thrown together. One is resourceful, cunning, and lethal and the other can’t function without help and assistance.

There are other themes running beneath the surface too. The script is clever and subtle. I like to think of it as a dark fairy tale.

The acting is particularly good especially from Nadia Alexander. The ‘baddie’ is a fully-fledged character rather than the usual cardboard cut-out stereotypical psycho that we normally get treated to.

Worth a watch if you fancy something, a little bit different.
6 people found this helpful
Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 02 July 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Not really a horror movie but watchable
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I think they're asking for bad reviews when a movie is advertised as something other than what it is. It is not really a horror movie, and I don't believe for a moment that critics lauded this as some mega scary movie because it's not really what it's about. If anything, this movie is a twisted romance thriller.

There a few moments early on in the movie which have the feeling of a horror movie, but that ends pretty quickly and while occasionally violent, the bulk of the film is about the relationship between two disfigured teens. It is a bit of a strange movie, but it is watchable.
One person found this helpful
Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 30 June 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Creative and well acted sad story
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Well not your typical horror movie by a long shot. I usually like horrors as they're the opposite of dramas but ok, This was quite depressing but well acted and a nice idea.

I'd say it's a shame none of the lore was explained as to her being how she is, but then again this movie was obviously designed to go in a different direction to a typical horror. Would recommend though for creativity and production.
2 people found this helpful
LittleRichieReviewed in the United Kingdom on 31 July 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Pleasantly surprised
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If you're looking for just another one dimensional scary movie, this isn't it. This movie is much more intriguing, sad, and heartwarming.

In my opinion this is more of a comment on the effects of abuse on the psyche of a young person, the anger and mistrust towards authority figures in child abuse victims, and the hope that comes from the beginning stages of recovery.

It has the feel of Let The Right One In and The Road about it at points. I was pleasantly surprised and thoroughly enjoyed it.
4 people found this helpful
janeycooly1Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 26 October 2018
2.0 out of 5 stars
Not scary at all
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I don't know what movie the "critics" saw when they said this was a scary movie. It's not. The acting from the 2 main characters was good, but the plot was very thin and the ending was just silly in my opinion.

As a 'supernatural' movie it's OK. There are a few good bits and the make-up SFX are good, but I had to force myself to watch the ending as the movie does plod along somewhat. My partner gave up and went to bed half an hour before the end.
5 people found this helpful
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