The Dark


The Dark (2018)




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On the outskirts of a small town lies Devil's Den, a mysterious tract of woods where many have entered but no one has ever left. The local rumor is that the spirit of a young girl who was horrifically murdered there haunts and hunts in this dense forest, brutally slaying anyone who dares to step into her terrain. When a man with a dark past crosses her path, a series of events are set in motion that may lead to a peculiar kind of redemption for two tragically tortured souls. Part gothic fairytale and part chilling horror, director Justin P. Lange's debut feature balances rich imagery with a brutal and bloody story of unlikely kindred spirits who must defend themselves against the villainous powers of the 'normal' world.

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All Critics (17) | Top Critics (3)

When "The Dark" clicks (which is often), it's a moving and poetic tale about how neglect and abuse can turn people into freaky beasts, and how love can bring them back.

October 26, 2018 | Full Review…

This is weighty material for a slim film, and the direction by Justin P. Lange is heavy-handed. Mina and Alex seem less like teenagers and more like case studies with traumas rather than personalities.

October 25, 2018 | Full Review…

On its own terms, writer-director Justin P. Lange's debut feature (with DP Klemens Hufnagl credited as co-director) is well-crafted and well-acted.

April 30, 2018 | Full Review…

If you need some visual inspiration, maybe give this film a watch. Otherwise, this is a hard pass.

December 9, 2018 | Rating: 3/10 | Full Review…

The Dark is a novel, intriguing riff on myriad monster tropes - zombie, revenant, werewolf, serial killer - that remains its own defiantly ghastly thing.

December 6, 2018 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Deftly delivers a tragic, hopeful story about the resilience of human beings and the healing power of the positive connections we have to one another.

November 11, 2018 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

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