The Darkness movie review - Aussieboyreviews


Although it spent millions, The Darkness is a mediocre and bland horror film. It’s suitable for young teens, but there’s plenty of other horror movies better than this.


A family begin to experience sinister occurrences in their home after a supernatural entity follows them home from their vacation at Grand Canyon.

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Movie details

Director: Greg McLean
Cast: Kevin Bacon, Radha Mitchell, Lucy Fry, David Mazouz, Matt Walsh, Jennifer Morrison
Writer: Shayne Armstrong, S.P. Krause, Greg McLean
Release Date (Australia): 13 May 2016
Runtime: 92 minutes/1h 32m
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Language: English

CONTENT GUIDE (warning: May contain spoilers)

Themes (M)

The film is mainly concerned with supernatural horror themes and the behaviours of people on the autism spectrum and suffering bulimia.

Violence (PG)

The film includes depictions of blood detail and features scenes in which characters are attacked by supernatural forces.

Coarse Language (M)

The film includes one use of “f**k” language and uses of “s**t”, “bitch”, “piss”, “hell”, “damn” and “ass”.

Nudity (G)

The silhouette of a nude woman showering is briefly viewed.

Sex (PG)

The film contains visual sexual references including a couple caressing each other in bed.

mpaa rating

PG-13 (for thematic elements, some disturbing violence, brief sensuality and language)

Aussie boy's thoughts

The Darkness is just another one of those lazy horror movies with tired ideas you scroll past in the “indie movies” section of a cheap streaming service. If people really wanna see the same supernatural horror stuff over and over and over, this is another good pick for them. But although it isn’t completely terrible, it’ll still provide you with 92 minutes for a nice nap.

This movie’s plot is basically just a supernatural entity following a family after their vacation and there’s a whole lot of mysterious strange occurrences to freak them all out for another hour before they follow the supernatural horror movie stereotype and seek professionals who perform spiritual healings in the house. There’s horror movies that get away with this overused basis and actually work out, but this is not one of them.

The performances from the main adult characters function properly, but everyone else is just terrible. The script for their dialogues are written in a way that’s hard to change to make it better, but the kids stage them too dramatically, despite being fine when they’re quiet. The Darkness uses some low-grade but likeable effects and also has a strong theme of family running throughout. It doesn’t rely on violence for scares, but it’s still boring.

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