Dark Circles


Horror /

IMDb Rating 5.1


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87 min
P/S 2 / 2

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Reviewed by waqarr40 7

Starring an unknown cast, &#39;Dark Circles&#39; treads familiar grounds, with a family moving away to the rural side of the USA in order to escape the hectic life in the city. From it&#39;s chilling 5 minute opening up to its eventual climax, &#39;Dark Circles&#39; presents itself as a good start to this years run of &#39;After Dark Originals&#39;. With the aforementioned opening 5 minutes effectively setting the tone for what&#39;s to come, I got the feeling that this could very well be a good horror movie.<br/><br/>With a movie like this, and a plot that has been used countless upon countless times it&#39;s quite hard to be original and I think the director (first time feature director Paul Soter) decided to sidestep that by just trying to give us as many creepy moments as possible. For the largest part he succeeds by giving us a rundown of the common and not so common tactics to scare us. Loud sounds, a point of view camera, shapes in the distance drawing near, and a very ominous soundtrack consisting of the same 4 tone piano medley all work together to give us the unsettling vibe that is so highly sought after in these types of movies.<br/><br/>What makes a movie great though, is its story.dark-circles-3 And while it sets out promising, with the main leads openly discussing the disturbing things they are witnessing, ultimately it degrades itself by falling back into the old habits of horror. They start to distrust one another (which only serves as a cheap setup to give us some more scary scenes) and the plot moves from one angle to the complete opposite without any clear given reason as to why.<br/><br/>It didn&#39;t manage to make me dislike the movie all together, but it took away from the experience I was having up until 50 minutes into its 86 minute total. The final resolve made me think of &#39;High Tension&#39; a French horror movie which had an ending that totally ruined all that came before it.<br/><br/>While &#39;Dark Circles&#39; doesn&#39;t tread the same grounds as that one, nor did it have as much impact as &#39;High Tension&#39; had, its ending makes you wonder about the logic that&#39;s being used here.<br/><br/>Can a ghost be killed by a knife? Will it come back? What about the people who die over the course of the movie? and what about the marriage that was under huge pressure up until 2 minutes before the end of the movie? Ultimately, &#39;Dark Circles&#39; is one of those movies that entertains, but doesn&#39;t manage to rear its head amongst the better horror movies. Being a virgin in this genre could benefit your experience as a viewer, but as a seasoned vet it&#39;s a case of been there, done that.<br/><br/>To summarize: some genuinely creepy scenes, an effective soundtrack, decent acting and a very well shot movie make this one of the better entries into the &#39;After Dark Originals&#39; library. But that doesn&#39;t mean it&#39;s great.

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Reviewed by alain-kapel5 4

First of all, I have to say I didn&#39;t expect much from Dark Circles. The poster looked OK, but you learn to be cautious with new horror films because under the cover often lies another boring and pretentious film with cheap scaring techniques and a predictable, derivative plot, and that&#39;s exactly the case here.<br/><br/>Johnathon Schaech and Pell James were good enough in their roles, even sympathetic, and the film had some nice ideas and scenes, like the one when Johnathon&#39;s character is dreaming. Unfortunately, the rest of the movie was just plain bad. As I mentioned, you have a totally unoriginal story which tries to be a lot of things at once, and it never succeeds at being even remotely interesting. Then you have the same old jump scares which anyone can easily predict. The villain isn&#39;t scary at all, and looks like a woman with a bit of ugly make-up on (oh wait, that&#39;s what it actually is). Atmosphere was solid until the villain started showing up in brief glimpses, and that&#39;s when most of you will realize you will be wasting your time with this movie.<br/><br/>I&#39;d say skip it, life is just too short.

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Reviewed by paul_haakonsen 4

&quot;Dark Circles&quot; was somewhat of a less than mediocre experience. And I mean that in the best possible way.<br/><br/>What made it less than mediocre was the slow storyline and the fact that nothing overly interesting happened at all through out the entire 87 minutes that the movie ran for.<br/><br/>That being said, then it should be noted that the actors were actually doing good enough jobs with their performances, they were just struggling against an uphill battle against a horrible script and a very anti-climatic storyline.<br/><br/>The story is about a family moving into a newly acquired house with their baby. But soon thereafter they realize that there is no rest, peace and quiet here, as the neighbors are constructing a house. And something inside their newly acquired house is not welcoming them with open arms.<br/><br/>The movie is nicely enough edited and filmed, just a shame that the storyline failed to be impressive.<br/><br/>As for a horror movie, then &quot;Dark Circles&quot; was awfully devoid of scary moments and anything even remotely disturbing. And this also contributed to the slow, dull pace that the movie trotted on in.

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