From the Dark

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:: From the Dark :: 2014 :: 
:: Conor McMahon ::

Acting: 6
Anxiety: 5
Atmosphere: 6
Movie Watched: 10
Appropriate Grossness: 7
Production: 6
Recommended: 5
Scares: 4
Story: 5
Unpredictable: 5

Total: 59

This is a movie of ups and downs, which I ultimately found boring. I’m not going to lie to you - I watched this movie specifically because I had not yet reviewed a movie that started with the letter F, and I thought that it looked bad on the site. I had been avoiding this movie for a few reasons: The title is generic, and the cover art taught me nothing about the movie except, spoiler alert, a woman in it at one point is afraid and in the dark. Maybe this is my own prejudice. I can’t help but feel the cover they put together is for a movie in which a woman is, say, trapped in an abandoned subway system while a man with meat hooks where his hands should be is skulking around in the dark, murdering the homeless population. But there’s a good movie in here. The cinematography is nice, and there are a lot of interesting shots (the vampire outside the window, the crumbling man, etc.), and I like that the vampire is an old style, ugly, nearly unintelligent beast, not a handsome debonair from Victorian England. All in all, it’s got some exciting bits, and I actually love Irish horror movies. The banter in the beginning (you know, when everything’s perfect, except for maybe the hubris of the common man) is fun and better than usual. I can’t say I’ll ever feel inclined to watch this again, but worth a watch on a dark Thursday night. 

P.S. I kind of thought this movie ended at about an hour in, and wrote this review during “the final scene.” Which wasn’t the final scene. That’s not great, everyone.