Dark Touch
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At night, an isolated house deep in the countryside takes on a monstrous life of its own. Objects and furniture run riot against the inhabitants, leaving 11-year-old Neve the only survivor of a bloody massacre that destroys the bodies of her parents and culminates in the death of her little brother, Ciaran. Suspecting a gang of homicidal vandals, the police ignore Neve when she tries to tell them about the murderous rage of the house. She is taken in by friends of her parents who, with the help of a local social worker, try to ease her trauma by surrounding her with love and rebuilding the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 73%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Wielding his camera with jumpy precision, Mr. Conroy infuses even chaotic motion with stabilizing elegance."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"A frank and powerful horror film about the disastrous and irrevocable effects of child abuse."
‑ Scott Weinberg, FEARnet
"Elegantly atmospheric indie horror drama plumbs typically unseen depths of children's coping mechanisms in the face of terrible real-life experience."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"...the young Ms. Keating is almost supernaturally skilled in her ability to modulate between disturbed and confident. Tragically, you're never thinking this is a child actor, but rather that this is a genuinely broken kid."
‑ Gabe Toro, The Playlist
"For all its soaring cutlery, Dark Touch, like much of the best horror, works the fears that connect to real life."
‑ Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice
"Dark Touch employs the sensational trappings of a horror film to explore the real world horrors of child abuse."
‑ Beth Accomando, KPBS.org
"Like Carrie without the religion, or Village of the Damned without the aliens, Dark Touch is uncompromising, utterly chilling, and actually about something - the misuse of power, whether a parent's or a child's. It is also unmissable."
‑ Anton Bitel, Grolsch Film Works
"Dark Touch seems to reside almost completely in a realm of fantasy that isn't Neve's own and borders perilously and atonally on camp."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
"It's hampered by its need for easy resolutions and horror set pieces, neither quite embracing nor escaping its genre roots."
‑ Adi Robertson, The Verge
"Dark Touch is meant to touch a nerve, not merely spook. It's about deeper fears, and realer monsters."
‑ Noel Murray, The Dissolve
"De Van appears to think that throwing every horror cliche in the book at something will make for atmosphere."
‑ Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film
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