Movies That Scarred Me For Life: Darkness

April 7, 2011 at 9:12 am

Movies That Scarred Me For Life: Darkness | Movie Blog

Movies that scarred me for life is all about the movies that keep you up at night.  The horrors you just can’t seem to get out of your head.  But beyond the monsters, ghosts, slashers and aliens, there are also the cringe worthy films you wish you never saw.  Movies that made you wish you had the lost two hours of your life back.  There are tons of ways a movie can scar you for life.  This series will look at 12 of my personal favorites.

Darkness

Movies That Scarred Me For Life: Darkness | Movie Blog

You would think that writing about a horror movie under the headline ‘Movies That Scarred Me For Life’ would be a good thing.  Unfortunately, 2002’s Darkness made this list for all the wrong reasons.

It didn’t scar me for life because of horrific scenes or bloody messes.  It didn’t cause nightmares or reignite my fear of the dark.  It didn’t do any of that.  It scarred me as an aspiring filmmaker.

It was a complete mess.

[Spoilers Ahead]

Some may argue that I’m being a little hard on the movie so I’ll elaborate why Darkness is pretty much the worst movie I’ve ever seen. The difference here is I’m not the type of person to hate a movie and everyone associated with it forever.  The filmmakers did exactly what they wanted to do and I just didn’t like it.  At all…

I was still in college when I first saw the film when a few friends and I went out and rented it.  There were 5 of us sitting in the dark looking forward to a dark and horrifying tale.

Towards the end of the movie, one of my friends paused it and yelled:

“Can somebody please explain what the hell this movie is about?”

We all laughed and finished the film complaining at every possible opportunity.  What is Darkness about?  Not too long ago, I spotted a copy and purchased it.  I did it to remind myself of what not to do if I ever write a horror movie again.  I watched it for the second time in preparation for this post.

Darkness is about an ancient ritual that isn’t really explained which involves sacrificing children in order to unleash hell whenever the lights go out.  Or something…

The film has possessions, ghosts, monsters, creepy random old men who happen to be experts, an evil remorseless grandfather and convenient plot turns at every turn.

It feels like they set out to make a haunted house movie and realized it would work so they expanded it to include secret rituals but that wasn’t clear either.  Somehow all these elements surrounded a child who wasn’t really in any danger at all.  Except from his father who is ANGRY for no other reason than to provide a few thrills until the story ‘really’ gets going.

So it all boils down to a seventh child needing to die in order to release the Darkness.  He does and the ‘craziness’ begins.  It lasts about 2 minutes and then the movie ends.  No consequences.  Everyone dies and nobody cares.

It’s simply a complete mess that has yet to be dethroned as my Worst Movie title holder.  Who knows if it ever will.  Darkness was awful.