Deep in the Darkness (2014 film)
"A quiet town. A deadly secret." A doctor and his family move to a quiet, small town. Soon he discovers the town's dark secret: A terrifying race of creatures that live in the darkness in the forest behind their home and inflict a reign of terror over the town.
- Release Date: 2014
- Country/Language: US, English
- Genres/Technical: Horror, Thriller
- Setting: Modern Ashborough, New Hamshire
- Runtime: 1 hr 40 min
- Starring: Dean Stockwell, Sean Patrick Thomas, Blanche Baker
- Director: Colin Theys
- Writer: John Doolan (screenplay), Michael Laimo (novel)
- Producer/Production Co: Chiller Films, Synthetic Cinema International
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- IMDB Page: (link)
- Rated: (not rated) (equivalent to a PG-13 or an R for Violence, Adult Content, and Profanity)
A rough measure of how "Lovecraftian" the work is:
- SS___ (Two Tentacles: Barely Lovecraftian; vaguely similar in tone, could be a very loose adaptation)
The basic idea shares a lot in common with stories like Shadow Over Innsmouth (fiction) and Pickman's Model (fiction): a family moves to an isolated, creepy small town with a secret, find themselves terrorized by hostile townfolk and a hidden race of repulsive monsters living in caverns beneath the woods surrounding the town who try to force the head of the family to sacrifice animals on their altar and serve them as their healer when needed; the family, of course, only wants to escape the nightmare they find themselves trapped in.
Note: This rating is not intended as a measure of quality, merely of how closely related to Lovecraftian "Weird" fiction the work is.
- Review by Spencer at BloodyGoodHorrordotcom, (link) - "Ultimately a few campy moments, some decent acting, and unsettling visuals aren’t enough to keep Deep in the Darkness from being too bland to be memorable...."
- Review by Zena Dixon at Wicked Horror (link) - "This film offers absolutely nothing new or appealing. What started out as promising ended up devolving into a tired and pointless retread of better films...."
- Review by Brett Gallman at Oh The Horror!, (link) - "Deep in the Darkness continues the trend of being sort-of-bad-but-not-Chiller-bad, but it hardly inspires much more than that half-hearted sentiment...."
- Review by Rob Getz at HorrorNewsdotnet, link) - "...A stab at Lovecraftian thrills that manages [the feat of] buckling under a hailstorm of inept ideas...."
- Y.Whateley: It's not terribly original, but not as horribly bad as some of the other reviews make it out to be. You can easily find worse knock-offs of "Shadow Over Innsmouth (fiction)" than this: the acting is fair, the story adequate for what it is trying to do, and the monsters are creepy enough.
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A doctor and his family move to an isolated, creepy small town with a secret, where they find themselves terrorized by hostile townfolk who insist that the doctor needs to sacrifice animals on an eerie altar in the woods, yellow-eyed "ghosts" which the daughter claims to see in her bedroom at night, the town matriarch who seems to be a little too familiar with the town's darkest secrets, and a hidden race of repulsive sub-human monsters living in caverns beneath the woods surrounding the town who try to force the doctor to serve them as their healer when needed; the doctor, of course, only wants to escape the nightmare with his family, but his wife, who grew up in the town, has different ideas....
Comments, Trivia, Dedication
Associated Mythos Elements
- TO DO
- race: "Isolates" - see Ghouls, Frazetta Man, or Faeries
- location: Ashborough, New Hamshire - a Lovecraftian Small Town with a Dark Secret
- location: Ye Olde Standing Stones
- family: Zellis, related in some way to the "Isolates"