The Darkness (2016 film)
"Evil comes home." A family returns from a Grand Canyon vacation, haunted by an ancient supernatural entity they unknowingly awakened and engages them in a fight for their survival.
- Release Date: 2016
- Country/Language: US, English
- Genres/Technical: Horror
- Setting: Modern Arizona USA,
- Runtime: 1 hr 32 min
- Starring: Kevin Bacon, Radha Mitchell, David Mazouz
- Director: Greg McLean
- Writer: Greg McLean, Shayne Armstrong
- Producer/Production Co: Blumhouse Productions, Chapter One Films
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- IMDB Page: (link)
- Rated: PG-13 (Violence, mild Adult Content and Profanity)
A rough measure of how "Lovecraftian" the work is:
- S____ (One Tentacle: Debateably Lovecraftian; has almost no direct connection to Lovecraft's work)
Not very "Lovecraftian", though the malevolent Native American spirits invading this world from some monstrous void might lend themselves to the sort of Lovecraftian adaptation seen with Wendigo, and the doom of the cliff-dwelling tribe at those spirits' hands similarly suggests some possibilities for adaptation.
Note: This rating is not intended as a measure of quality, merely of how closely related to Lovecraftian "Weird" fiction the work is.
- Richard Cross at 20/20 Movie Reviews (link) - "The Darkness is a bland concoction lacking ambition or imagination, and barely deserves to be labelled a horror movie."
- Joey Keogh at WickedHorrorDotCom (2/10 Stars) (link) - "It’s a bit Poltergeist-lite ... but The Darkness is even less of a pretender to the throne of that great kids’ horror classic, than some of its predecessors, because nothing all that spooky actually happens. ...it’s likely most of the audience will already have checked out and started seeing this for what it is: money-grabbing hokum. There aren’t even any real stakes, and it’s all terribly silly..."
- Richard Scheib at the Science Fiction, Horror and Fantasy Film Review (1.5/5 Stars) (link) - "The great disappointment is that you reach the end of The Darkness feeling that there is not a single thing that ... raises one’s pulse in the slightest or is in the slightest bit memorable."
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A family returns from a Grand Canyon vacation, haunted by an ancient supernatural entity they unknowingly awakened and engages them in a fight for their survival.
Comments, Trivia, Dedication
Associated Mythos Elements
- location: Third World
- deities: Anasazi spirits
- artifact: rune stones (play a role comparable to the Elder Sign (symbol) in banishing the spirits)