Darkness (2002)

Written & Directed by: Jaume Balagueró


Anna Paquin ... Regina
Lena Olin ... Maria
Iain Glen ... Mark
Giancarlo Giannini ... Albert Rua
Fele Martinez ... Carlos
Stephan Enquist ... Paul
Fermi Reixach .... Villalobos

Release Date: Sitges Film Festival: October 3, 2002 (premiere); Gérardmer Fantasticarts Film Festival: January 29, 2003 (France); Fantasporto Film Festival: February 21, 2003; Fantastic Film Festival: April 10, 2003 (Netherlands); Hamburg Fantasy Filmfest: August 15, 2003; Espoo Film Festival: August 22, 2003 (Finland); Limited Theatrical: August 27, 2004 (Mexico); Screamfest Film Festival: October 29, 2004 (USA); Theatrical: December 25, 2004 (USA); Iceland International Film Festival: April 15, 2005

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A teenage girl by the name of Regina (Anna Paquin) moves into a remote countryside house in Spain with her family but her family doesn't behave normally while living there.
She realises that their new home has a gloomy and terrifying past that threatens to destory her family.

Her father Mark (Iain Glen) has been behaving crazy and abusive and also goes to the hospital twice from having head problems.
Her little brother Paul (Stephan Enquist) is drawing artwork with pencil crayons and sometimes his pencil crayons rolls under his bed and are apparently eaten by some force under there.
Not only that, when his room is dark, his toys turn on and he sees zombie like children.
He also draws artwork of his family being killed.

Regina also sees dark images of people and deadly pictures.
Plus their power goes out while the evil happens. Then Regina and her boyfriend tries to find out some missing clues which is explained about the eclipse of the sun that will occur a week before she moved into the house with her family.


This Spanish film is in terrific and strong taste making it very psychological as well as supernatural at the same time!
The young lead characters Regina and Paul look good together having a nice sibling conversations towards one another as it looks heartwarming.
There was a nice and suspenseful moment that involves Regina taking a bath and putting her head in the water and Paul drawing a picture with his pencil crayons and then the lights flicker and both react to something that almost happens supernaturally.

There was a brief and powerful discussion between Regina and Maria as they have a miscommunication with one another.
Other scenes looked great like with the Paul's pencil crayon rolling towards under his bed and then something terrifying happens as well as him in bed looking a little spooked in the dark with his belongings and other stuff moving around.
We spot an intense conversation sequence between Maria and Mark as he shows perfect attitude and expressions as well as his energy constantly cutting and dicing up a potato as the camera shots on him and the potato cutting was extremely suspenseful looking and then there's deadly shots on other events happening during this moment too which adds well to this scene.
There's a perfect camera shot on Mark holding a sledgehammer showing good aggressions while we see a great monologue tale
with Villalobos telling him and Carlos about the tale of the house as it gives a good haunted feel to the plot.
There's a scene that will make you jump as a phone rings loudly and Regina reacts to it spooked.
There is also a nice setting when Regina is standing in a dark hallway of the house as well as string at an old odd looking picture.
We also see a great and horrifying camera shots on a subway streaming along the tracks as well as
Villalobos inside it with the lights flickering and his reactions to it.
We spot a nice dark setting with Carlos standing somewhere near a corner and then charging towards Regina.
Regina looked good crying while being tied to a chair with the madness she is about to encounter with Carlos about to do something to her as it looks very cold.
There's a perfect shot on Paul with his bruised face and upset emotions when he asks for a glass of water.
We see alot of insanity, haunting and posessive moments in the house that involves all of the main characters quarter way through the movie
when an eclipse happens which is the story's most strongest efforts in this film.
Bottom line is that this was a well done film but what a terrible ending! This film borrows alot from Stephen King's The Shining as well as Dante Tomaselli's flicks. Truly creepy and disturbing. There's some good drawing cards in the story like a little kid doing sketch art with pencil crayons and they roll under his bed. It's every child's fear wondering if something creepy is underneath a bed since it's so dark down there and alot of the terrors like in those moments starts to occur big time.
Although this was made on a low budget, it is better made than most Spanish flicks which was where it was shot in.

The acting is very good, especially by Canadian actress Anna Paquin (Regina) as she shows terrific character and energy as a confused but a caring teenage kid.
Lena Olin
(Maria) plays off perfectly as a mother who doesn't know how to cope with the terrifying events happening. She
shows nice and stern actions towards one of her fellow actors which looked good too making it almost look believeably strange and slightly wicked.
Iain Glen
(Mark) plays a good troubled parent in the film losing his sanity and has the perfect energy when he shows his anger, frustration and abusive behavior on set.
In a certain scene reacts well in his car during a traffic jam during a stormy weather making out as if he is having a seisure. In another moment looked believeable flying off the handle cussing someone out. He's perfect going crazy hitting someone's door demanding to have it opened.
Child actor Stephan Enquist (Paul) was perfect as a nice typical kid with an artistic ability to do sketch art with his pencil crayons as he brings perfect chemistry to his role.
Fele Martinez
(Carlos) played a perfect mysterious Grandfather in the film as you wonder what he is all about in the story.
Supporting actor G
iancarlo Giannini (Albert Rua) was perfect as a wise old man knowing about the legends surrounding the house as he shows perfect seriousness to his part of the movie.

The music was composed by Carles Cases and he did a descent job with it having fine classic violin playing and hissing and windy sound effects too.

Mark and Paul (While in a traffic jam): Get-Your- Ass-Out-Of-My-Face

Mark: In other words FUCK YOU right???

Carlos: Where is Regina?
Albert Rua: At her house. In hell.