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The Dark

1 h 33 min2005X-Ray15
In mourning over the tragic drowning of their daughter Sarah, James and Adèle are visited by Ebrill, a young girl who claims she died 60 years ago - and bears a startling resemblance to Sarah.
John Fawcett
Sean BeanMaria BelloSophie Stuckey
Science FictionHorrorDrama
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3.8 out of 5 stars

170 global ratings

  1. 49% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 12% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 20% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 6% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 13% of reviews have 1 stars
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AngieReviewed in the United Kingdom on 18 June 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
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Love this kind of spooky thriller. The suspense built slowly and steadily and the olde worlde farmhouse and wonderful scenery added to the atmosphere.
l have say I was pleased to see Sean Bean in this but although he was great, he wasn't brilliant simply because he didn't have enough to do. The man's a complete babe and this combined with his solid talent would have added strength to the film. The other actors were good enough, it's true though that the female lead was annoying but that was due to the script and not to any weakness in her acting ability.
The story line was fine until the last 15 minutes or so when it seemed to unravel and the scenes hopped in and out too much making it overcomplicated. I felt this had such a bad affect on the film that I've docked it a whopping 2 stars! I do recommend it though because of the beautiful scenery (and I am including Sean Bean in that, sigh!)
JaneReviewed in the United Kingdom on 30 November 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
Sean Bean was good
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Gosh the mother is annoying. All she did was get violent and call out 'Sarah' a million times.
I think this interesting plot could have been handled much better. The Welsh landscape is dramatic and magnificent, but then it doesn't have to act. Watched it til the end, so it can't have been that bad, but I do think the character role of the mother should have been rewritten. Sean Bean is a calming influence, thank God. The mysterious Welsh handyman holds secrets, he was quite good.
A good folk tale but sullied by too much American drama- would have been better if they'd just kept it gritty.
Kent Vikman Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 09 April 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Creepy, chilly, dready.
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Not much horror about it, but as a supernatural thriller this movie works wonders. Maria Bellos character is somewhat annoying, but Sean Bean offers stability and trustworthiness. A good buy.
2 people found this helpful
cobblepotReviewed in the United Kingdom on 21 June 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Sean Bean's hair makes this film worth watching
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A good, standard sort of horror flick. Not particularly scary, predictable plot, but a nice, easy watch. Sean Bean's hair is especially nice in this. It's longish and tousled and blond. 10/10 for Sean Bean's hair.
5 people found this helpful
LeviathanReviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 November 2015
4.0 out of 5 stars
Well worth a look if you're into 'folk horror'
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I honestly thought that this film would be a bit rubbish, but gave it a go as it was not expensive. Glad I did as this is actually pretty good. Well acted, lots of atmosphere, original ideas while, too, influenced by other films in the 'folk horror' sub-genre. So much better than all the endless unoriginal American 'horror' films filled with rich pretty teens no-one cares about!
2 people found this helpful
Si BReviewed in the United Kingdom on 17 October 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
Quirky and scary.
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Bought this because it was filmed in Hartland Quay, and the scenery is fantastic.

Film is quite interesting, some decent plot twists and tense moments. Worth a watch.
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YakReviewed in the United Kingdom on 13 December 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Tired and Boring
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Convoluted retrodden story which doesn't deliver. Like Sean Bean but he is underused in this with the main role being a rather annoying mother. Basically unoriginal, stupid reused plot and do not recommend.
nicola thompsonReviewed in the United Kingdom on 22 November 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Was good
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It was good , kept me watching it till the end.
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