The Dark (2005 film)

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A scene from The Dark (2005)


"One of the living for one of the dead." In mourning over the tragic drowning of their daughter Sarah, James and Adèle are visited by Ebrill, a young girl who claims she died 60 years ago - and bears a startling resemblance to Sarah.


  • Release Date: 2005
  • Country/Language: Isle Of Man/UK/USA/Germany, English and Welsh with English subtitles
  • Genres/Technical: Horror, Mystery, Thriller, Fantasy
  • Setting: Modern Wales, UK
  • Runtime: 1 hr 33 min
  • Starring: Sean Bean, Maria Bello, Sophie Stuckey
  • Director: John Fawcett
  • Writer: Simon Maginn (novel), Stephen Massicotte (screenplay)
  • Producer/Production Co: Constantin Film, Impact Pictures, Isle of Man Film
  • View Trailer: (link)
  • TVTropes page: (link)
  • IMDB Page: (link)


MPAA Ratings

  • Rated: R (Violence, Profanity, Adult Content)

Tentacle Ratings

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

  • S____ (One Tentacle: Debateably Lovecraftian; has almost no direct connection to Lovecraft's work)

The "Dreamland" (Anwynn) is fairly eerie and the faerie-folk are a common enough theme in Lovecraftian literature between Machen's faeries, and the multitude of faerie-like creatures that haunt the stories of Robert E. Howard and H.P. Lovecraft....

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


Review Links:

  • Keith Hennessey Brown at the Eye for Film (Two & a Half Stars) (link) - "... much of the more intimate and interesting material is lost in a tale of sound and fury that, if not quite signifying nothing, nevertheless comes perilously close to drowning out fine performances..."
  • Matthew Leyland at the BBC Movies Review (link) - "Up to a point, there's enough eerie intrigue to offset the clunky cliches. But it looks like the editor had a funny turn when splicing together the final act, an incoherent montage of would-be frights that casts a pall over the whole film."
  • Bill Thompson at the Wide World of Horror (link) - "Much of The Dark fails to make any sense. This carries out through the resolution of the film, where the ultimate solution to the plot not making any sense is for the ending to not make sense."


 Spoiler Section (Highlight to Read)

Adelle makes the journey from New York City to Wales with her daughter, Sarah. There, Adelle attempts to patch things up with Sarah's father, James. The visit turns tragic when Sarah disappears in the ocean. But then a young girl named Ebril shows up who, eerily, seems to have died in a mass suicide half a century earlier. Ebril claims that Adelle's daughter has been taken to the Welsh underworld.


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