May 18, 2016
Besides not having a very memorable trailer, here is something else I found amazing, the cast. Now, I did not do any research beforehand, but when your film features Kevin Bacon and Radha Mitchell, plus having Paul Reiser in a supporting role, why was this not used as a selling point? I think I would have noticed Kevin Bacon in a trailer, somehow I did not. It was great seeing him on the big screen, I wish it was better material. Last year’s Cop Car should have gotten the release that this did.
The Darkness was directed by Greg McLean and is something I would normally consider to be a good thing, considering his filmography, which includes the two Wolf Creek films and Rogue. He has made some brutal horror films and one would have hoped that would be brought over with him. Instead, what we get is a watered down supernatural horror, a good director sucked into the Hollywood horror machine, churning out derivative dull product. The screenplay was turned in by McClean, who worked with the team of Shayne Armstrong and Shane Krause who also wrote the shark in a supermarket movie, Bait.
What is the movie about? I think the best way to describe it is as a Poltergeist wannabe. It starts off with a couple of families out near the Grand Canyon, hiking and camping. One couple have an autistic son and he accidentally crashes through a thin rock floor and finds a hidden Native American room with some strange marked stones. Being the curious sort, he takes the stones home with him. This proves to be a bad idea. He starts to play with the stones at his home and things begin to happen. Strange things.
Of course, the strange occurrences coincide with some marital problems that are tearing the family apart. So, as you can guess, the stuff happening in the house and affecting the kids brings the family together so they can fend off the forces of darkness. Unfortunately, none of it really matters as we never really get to know or care about the characters, learn much about what is going on, or even care about why. I was just glad when it was over.
The Darkness is not a very good film, it has some interesting ideas to work with, but it never goes anywhere. There is nothing to really get hooked on or be scared of or pretty much anything. It is sort of there as a limp product, a space holder at the theater until something better comes along.
Posted by Christopher Beaumont at 5/18/2016 08:43:00 AM
Labels: 2010s, 2016, Greg McLean, Horror, Kevin Bacon, Movie Review, Paul Reiser, Radha Mitchell, Supernatural, Theatrical Release
Chris has been an avid movie watcher for decades, getting into the writing game in 2004. Since that time he has contributed to a number online publications as well as running CriticalOutcast.com. In addition to movies, Chris is a big fan of music, particularly metal, and will never give up hope on his beloved Mets.