A family of four moves into a remote country home in Spain that has been unoccupied for 40 years. Electrical problems seem to keep the house dark with lights constantly flickering, but the real problem is due to an occult sacrifice when the house was built. In December 1964, six children had been slain by those who had loved them. The problem, however, was that there should have been seven sacrifices. The spirits will not rest without the seventh sacrifice, which can only occur during a total eclipse. With the help of her boyfriend, Regina (Anna Paquin) begins to piece together the strange events that are terrorizing her family. She discovers that with the coming total eclipse, her family is in grave danger. Unfortunately, she seeks the help of her grandfather who knows well the history of the home. She must hurry to avoid the terror of the darkness and save her family.
Darkness almost doesn’t deserve the respect of a review. I felt like I was watching a combination of several past horror films, mostly Thirteen Ghosts. There was maybe one scene in the movie that was actually scary/suspenseful. Actually, the scariest part of the movie was the preview I saw while watching football last week. This film was one of those movies where you constantly check your watch, figuring how much more torture there is to endure. On top of not being scary at all, and feeling like a smorgasbord of other horror flicks, the movie was just plain slow and boring. Unless you are in dire need of a 102 minute nap, stay away from Darkness.
The premise of the film alone excludes Darkness from a Dove approval. It is explained how darkness is the purest evil, and will take any means necessary to accomplish its goal, which in this case was some sacrificial ceremony during the solar eclipse. There is also some foul language in the film removing the possibility of a Dove Seal. I don’t recommend this movie for any audience, other than those suffering from insomnia.