Citidel (2012 film)

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Citidel (2012), AKA Enter the Darkness

Summary

"They see your fear!" An agoraphobic father teams up with a renegade priest to save his daughter from the clutches of a gang of twisted feral children who committed an act of violence against his family years earlier.

Details

  • Release Date: 2012
  • Country/Language: Ireland/UK, English
  • Genres/Technical: Horror, Thriller
  • Setting: Modern Ireland or Scotland
  • Runtime: 1 hr 24 min
  • Starring: Aneurin Barnard, James Cosmo, Wunmi Mosaku
  • Director: Ciarán Foy
  • Writer: Ciarán Foy
  • Producer/Production Co: Blinder Films, Irish Film Board, Sigma Films
  • View Trailer: (link)
  • IMDB Page: (link)

Ratings

MPAA Ratings

  • Rated: R (Violence, Profanity)

Tentacle Ratings

A rough measure of how "Lovecraftian" the work is:

  • SS___ (Two Tentacles: Barely Lovecraftian; vaguely similar in tone, could be a very loose adaptation)

After his wife is attacked and murdered by a gang of feral kids, the main character begins seeing the kids everywhere in the form of a race of terrifying, hideous, blind hobgoblin-like creatures that live in the basements of abandoned public housing buildings, steal infants and lock them in cages, and sense little else but terror (which they seem to feed on). An unreliable source of information in the movie claims that the creatures are inbred mutant children abandoned by their parents, but the creatures can basically be compared to Arthur Machen's "Little People", or to Lovecraft's Martense Kin.

Note: This rating is not intended as a measure of quality, merely of how closely related to Lovecraftian "Weird" fiction the work is.

Reviews

Review Links:

  • Review by Richard Cross at 20/20 Movie Reviews, (2/4 Stars) (link) - "While the movie is light on gore, it’s laden with a dark, brooding atmosphere, and creates a recognisable but darkly foreboding world which resembles a cityscape blasted by war or disease."
  • Review by Dave Gammon at HorrorNewsdotnet, (link) - "The use of darkness, light and shadow is utilized brilliantly from director Foy indicating that a most foreboding atmosphere can be created with a minimal budget."
  • Review by Brent McKnight at BeyondHollywooddotcom, (link) - "It really is truly unsettling, and doesn’t dissipate easily. That’s exactly what you want out of a horror movie..."
  • Review by Richard Scheib at The Science Fiction, Horror and Fantasy Film Review, (3/5 Stars) (link) - "The film is an effectively stark portrait of the desolate world of social housing... Ciaran Foy creates a hyper-realised portrait that seems to turn the desolate urban setting into something that verges on a fantastical netherworld."
  • Review by David Wain at UK Horror Scene (7/10) (link) - "...this is a film that leaves you feeling deeply unsettled."

Synopsis (SPOILERS)

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After his wife is attacked and murdered by a gang of feral kids, the main character develops a fear of strangers and open spaces, and begins seeing the kids everywhere in the form of a race of terrifying, hideous, blind hobgoblin-like creatures that live in the basements of abandoned public housing buildings, steal infants and lock them in cages, and sense little else but terror (which they seem to feed on). An unreliable source of information in the movie claims that the creatures are inbred mutant children abandoned by their parents, but the creatures can basically be compared to Machen's "Little People", or to Lovecraft's Martense Kin. The creatures menace the man and his infant son, until, under the guidance of an eccentric priest, the man finally overcomes his terror and drags a bomb into the basement where the creatures hide, blowing them to ending credits.


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