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Three weeks ago, just before the lunar eclipse, American teenager Regina and her family moved into a charming old house in the remote Spanish countryside. Since then, nothing has been the same. Day by day, a strange force seems to be pulling the family apart and Regina is the only one brave enough to search for answers. However, she is about to discover the answers to all her questions lie deep within the walls of their new home: something has been waiting here for her family's arrival; something ancient and wicked; something looking for retribution; a force as bottomless and hungry as the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 4%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"As in most bad horror flicks, intimations of unspeakable evil are supposed to distract us from the yawning gaps in story logic and character motivation."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"We know that the house is haunted, because the family who's just moved in has to deal with the lights always flickering out. They should have called the movie The Fuse Box Horror."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"There's the draw from the audience of potential scares and the good cast, but there's nothing ever delivered to us."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"All of this, of course, would be forgivable if it added up to a scary movie or made even a lick of sense (chunks appear to have been cut out of a longer cut of the film), but Balaguero manages to disappoint on every possible front."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Too many plot and character lapses for comfort, even in the traditionally logic-flouting horror genre."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"Even as the darkness closes in, there is never any real sense of dread. The slow-burning terror soon fizzles out, as does the damp squib of an ending."
‑ , Time Out
"Plot elements exist for their own sake, with little or no explanation or relationship to each other, leaving the story such a muddle that it's hard to tell if the actors are doing their jobs."
‑ Matt Weitz, Dallas Morning News
"This baffling, unintentionally sidesplitting horror show has opened just in time to qualify as the worst film of the year."
‑ Mark Halverson, Sacramento News & Review
"Back to horror school for you, Señor Balagueró."
‑ , Empire Magazine
"It's unfortunate that the film is called Darkness because this means it will soon be relegated to the Wal Mart bargain bin next to 2003's stinker Darkness Falls."
‑ Bill Clark, FromTheBalcony
"A plodding, portentous horror thriller in which a spooky child figures prominently and people speak in hushed tones about sinister doings."
‑ Nathan Rabin, AV Club
"Should have been left to molder in Miramax's vast vault of horror-movie stiffs."
‑ Chuck Wilson, L.A. Weekly
"...ultimately comes off as nothing less than a total disaster."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"There's still a lot of European feel to Darkness, which can sometimes be off-putting to American audiences."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"A good case of style over substance."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
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