The Darkness

The Darkness
The Darkness
  • PG-13
  • 1h 32m
  • 2016
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From the producers of The Purge and Insidious, comes this terrifying supernatural thriller starring Kevin Bacon (TV’s The Following) and Radha Mitchell (Silent Hill). When their young son (David Mazouz, TV’s Gotham) brings home five mystical stones he found on their family’s camping trip to the Grand Canyon, Peter (Bacon) and Bronny (Mitchell) begin to notice strange things happening in their house. Having awakened dark forces bound to the rocks, the family fights for survival as malicious demons feed off their fears and threaten to destroy them.

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Critics Consensus: The Darkness clumsily relies on an assortment of genre tropes, leaving only the decidedly non-frightening ghost of superior horror films in its wake.
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Interesting characters but lackluster scares.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Darkness is a horror movie about Native American ghosts that haunt a Caucasian autistic boy and his family, a cultural dynamic that may not sit well with all viewers. There are plenty of jump scares, as well as some blood. A room is covered with red-smeared designs on the walls and ceiling (presumably blood, but that's not certain). Family members argue, and a wall catches on fire. A married couple kisses in bed, a teen girl is shown taking a shower (no sensitive nudity), and there's flirting and talk of a husband's past infidelity. A woman's alcoholism is discussed; she buys vodka, and the bottles are shown half empty, but viewers never see her (or anyone else) actually drinking. Language includes a use of "f--k" and a couple of uses of "s--t."

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Horror, Thriller
  • Release Date:May 13, 2016
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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