The Darkness (2016)

Score: 3.5/10

Length: 92

Rating: PG-13

Language: English

Categories: 2000s, recent, devil, supernatural, underground

This is nothing I haven’t seen before. A family goes on a trip in the canyons, a boy brings back some ancient relics and brings the demons home with him. The story isn’t too bad, but there is absolutely no tension and it just wasn’t executed well. AKA no scares. A little too all over the place for my liking with the black hand prints, and the runes, and dogs and such. I did really appreciate that there were minimal CGI effects and the demons were blurry, shadowing figures, only giving away the outline of their animal shape. But that was about all I was thankful for. I didn’t expect a lot from a movie with Kevin Bacon and Paul ‘Mad About You’ Rieser, and I got just what I expected. The final scene making sure we are aware the family lives happily ever after is the worst part of all. The mix of the ancient devil monsters and the black ink-obsession doesn’t seem to mix well, and I am hopeful that the ideas, separated, might make two decent movies, but unfortunately, that’s not what I watched today.


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