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The Darkness (2016)

PG-13 | | Horror, Thriller | 13 May 2016 (USA)
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A family unknowingly awakens an ancient supernatural entity on a Grand Canyon vacation, and must fight for survival when it follows them home.


Greg McLean





Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Bacon ... Peter Taylor
Radha Mitchell ... Bronny Taylor
David Mazouz ... Michael Taylor
Lucy Fry ... Stephanie Taylor
Matt Walsh ... Gary Carter
Jennifer Morrison ... Joy Carter
Parker Mack ... Andrew Carter
Paul Reiser ... Simon Richards
Ming-Na Wen ... Wendy Richards
Trian Long Smith ... Sammy Levin (as Trian Long-Smith)
Tara Lynne Barr ... Kat
Krista Marie Yu ... Tasha
Christopher Darga ... Jeff (as Chris Darga)
Judith McConnell ... Trish
Ilza Ponko ... Gloria Ortega (as Ilza Rosario)


Peter and Bronny Taylor go on a trip to the Grand Canyon with their daughter, Stephanie, and Mikey, their autistic son. Mikey discovers a small cavern, where he finds rocks with glyphs on them. He takes the rocks, keeping a secret untold. When the Taylors return home, strange things begin to happen..

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Evil comes home


Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, some disturbing violence, brief sensuality and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

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Release Date:

13 May 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

6 Miranda Drive See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »


Box Office


$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,950,859, 15 May 2016, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$10,732,841, 26 June 2016
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Technical Specs




Aspect Ratio:

3.0 : 1
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Did You Know?


There's a scene where the dad opens up an e-mail from the mom, with a YouTube-looking link (watch?v=FDhoqY1grJY). If you paste that video ID to YouTube, it redirects to The Darkness (2016) trailer. See more »


About 40 minutes in, there's a scene in which the Baconator closes the garage door after it mysteriously opens, then sees the French doors open. He walks up to close it and you notice, the closed door of the two has no holes for the lock and knob to go into. But the open door, as the Baconator looks out, has the door knob/lock hardware. That door can't close shut or lock. See more »


Teresa Morales: The god you may be familiar with... cannot help you now
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Crazy Credits

The title doesn't appear until nine minutes in to the film. See more »


Features The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920) See more »


Run Away with You
Performed by Lindsay George
Written by Denny Jiosa and Lindsay George
Courtesy of Crucial Music Corporation
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Not so scary darkness
16 April 2018 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

With some talent in the cast, a cool cover, that it did look fairly eerie and that boasted one of the best concepts for any film seen recently by me, 'The Darkness' potential was pretty big. Also appreciate the horror genre and have liked films in similar vein, so watched 'The Darkness' oddly enough with the genuine want and intent to like it.

It does pain me to say it, and it is going to sound repetitive being a common thing found in recent viewings and mentioned, but 'The Darkness' managed to be a big disappointment for me and from the sounds of it many others. Big potential, executed in a way that while not terrible rarely rose above mediocrity overall. There are moments and good things, but they were too far and between and not enough for a film that did little with such a good idea. It may annoy people with me saying this a lot recently, but it is hard to not say anything when wastes of good ideas and talent is a bugbear of mine and something that has featured rather too heavily in my recent film viewings.

Kevin Bacon and Radha Mitchell are reasonable leads and David Mazouz is more than up to their level. So the acting is better than average on the whole and somehow manages to rise above the material that was not worthy of them.

'The Darkness' does have an atmospherically spooky look, an eerie music score and a few unsettling moments.

Unfortunately, the creepiness and suspense not just doesn't come consistently, there is nowhere near enough of either. There is an over-reliance on scares, mainly of the jumpy kind, but few come off effectively. Again a few unsettling moments, but too much of them are easily foreseeable and derivative.

Furthermore, too much is over-explained, there is far too much exposition (much of it clumsy and rambling) and too much is given away too soon. The characters aren't very interesting, not to mention very clichéd that it makes the distinct lack of originality even more obvious, making everything really predictable. The script is lazy and underwritten, with too much reliance on the scares, which are not strong enough to come over successfully, the ending is a very "that's it?" one and the intrusive and obvious sound effects telegraph the outcome of the scares early on in the build-ups.

In summary, not terrible but mediocre and a waste of potential. 4/10 Bethany Cox

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