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Dark Places (2015)

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Libby Day was only eight years old when her family was brutally murdered in their rural Kansas farmhouse. Almost thirty years later, she reluctantly agrees to revisit the crime and uncovers the wrenching truths that led up to that tragic night.

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Gilles Paquet-Brenner (written for the screen by), Gillian Flynn (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charlize Theron ... Libby Day
Sterling Jerins ... Young Libby Day
Nicholas Hoult ... Lyle Wirth
Christina Hendricks ... Patty Day
Corey Stoll ... Ben Day
Tye Sheridan ... Young Ben Day
Andrea Roth ... Diondra
Chloë Grace Moretz ... Young Diondra
Sean Bridgers ... Runner Day
J. LaRose ... Trey Teepano (as J LaRose)
Shannon Kook ... Young Trey Teepano
Jennifer Pierce Mathus ... Diane
Natalie Precht ... Michelle Day
Madison McGuire ... Debby Day
Lori Z. Cordova ... Magda
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Storyline

Libby Day is a lifeless woman who survived the massacre of her family in their farmhouse in the countryside of Kansas when she was eight. She's been living on donations and lectures ever since. Thirty years ago, the police believed that a satanic cult was responsible for the murder of her mother and two sisters, and her brother Ben was convicted with her testimony in court. Today, however, an acquaintance, Lyle Wirth, invites Libby to visit "The Kill Club", where amateurs investigate famous crimes, and she finds that they believe Ben is innocent. Libby needs money and, in return, accepts to revisit the slaughter of her family and comes up to the painful revelations and the ultimate truth. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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In 1985, her entire family was murdered. 30 years later, the truth emerges.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some disturbing violence, language, drug use and sexual content | See all certifications »

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Language:

English

Release Date:

18 June 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lugares oscuros See more »

Filming Locations:

Shreveport, Louisiana, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$208,588, 31 December 2015

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,090,852, 14 December 2016
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Dolby Digital | Datasat

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

During the scene where Libby encounters the Kill Club, source novel author Gillian Flynn has a brief cameo in the film as the woman sitting in the chair with an axe across her lap. See more »

Goofs

Although it is only 1985, forensics at this time was strong enough to get fingerprints. Ben did not touch the gun throughout the entire movie, therefore he would have had no prints on it. See more »

Quotes

Libby Day: I am, I guess, depressed. I guess I've been depressed for about twenty-four years. I can feel a better version of me somewhere in there - hidden behind a liver or attached to a bit of spleen within my stunted, childish body - a Libby that's telling me to get up, do something, grow up, move on. But the meanness usually wins out.
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Featured in Bringing 'Dark Places' to Light (2015) See more »

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I Don't Want Her Here
Written by Turk Dietrich and Michael Jones
Performed by Belong
Courtesy of Kranky, Ltd.
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I like it, thought it was a great murder mystery.
12 August 2015 | by subxerogravitySee all my reviews

I thought the film had a lot of really cool twist and turns that kept me guessing all the way to the end.

There were a lot of layers too it that did not jumble up on you to become too complicated. I guess the story was flushed out quite well by the filmmaker.

The film had a lot of cool elements too.

Charlize Theron plays Libby Day, the lone survivor of a massacre done by her brother of their entire family. Twenty years later, a convention of geeks that love serial killers, lead by Nicolas Hoult, contact her and pay her to help them prove that her brother did not do it. Even though she said he did Twenty years ago.

The movie lives up to the title. It points out how low a person can get on many different levels.

Good watch.


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