I had no desire to see this film, however I had family members visiting that really like horror movies, so I went with them to see it. I thought that there was no way that this film could have disappointed me, as I had extremely low expectations, however it somehow managed to do so.
I appreciate a bad horror movie every once in a while. They can be enjoyable, but "The Darkness" is anything but. The first hour of the movie is quite possibly the slowest horror movie that I have ever seen. For most of that hour, the film's idea of scary was a TV turning on randomly or a door opening out of nowhere (and they didn't even use a loud noise). The last twenty minutes did speed up the pace, but for the most part, the film is boring. If the line illustrating the rising action and various peaks of suspense were a heart monitor's readings, the person it was connected to would be pronounced dead until the end.
The film is really cheesy. The cast is talented, and they try their hardest, however they are given a horrible script. The script is filled with plot holes, especially during the last twenty minutes, which was the only enjoyable part. The movie was also rather poorly made. Special effects were laughably bad. There is some good cinematography, however the last twenty minutes are filled with shaky cam that makes it hard to focus and see anything.
So overall, I wasn't particularly pleased with "The Darkness". The last twenty minutes are what keeps this from being an F. I will say, however, that even though I didn't like this movie, the family members I was with did, so some people might still enjoy this.
Big Tuna's Rating: D
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: No.
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