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USA: Miramax Films
UK: Buena Vista International UK
Cast: Anna Paquin, Lena Olin, Iain Glen, Giancarlo Giannini, Fele Martinez, Stephan Enquist, Fermi Reixach, Francesc Pages, Craig Stevenson, Paula Fernandez, Gemma Lozano, Xavier Allepuz, Joseph Roberts, Marc Ferrando, Josh Gaeta, Mattew Dixon, Carlos Castanón, Carles Punyet, Reg Wilson, Ferran Lahoz, Pedro Antonio Segura, Astrid Fenollar, Lidia Dorado, Clara Manguillot
Director: Jaume Balagueró
Countries: USA / Spain
USA: 102 mins
UK: 101 mins
USA Rated: PG-13 for disturbing images, intense terror sequences, thematic elements and language (previously rated: R in 2003)
UK Certificate: 15 contains strong supernatural horror
USA Release Date: 25 December 2004
UK Release Date: 18 March 2005
There's something in this house...Something ancient and dark that remains still, hidden and silent. It can only wait, having been concealed in the shadows for years. In fact, its milieu is darkness. Only in it can it show itself and move. It even takes its name: DARKNESS.
It's lived here since someone tried to call it, more than forty years ago. Because this house hides a secret, a terrible past, an inconceivably evil act....Seven children, faceless people, a circle that must be completed.
And blood, lots of blood...
Regina (Anna Paquin), her younger brother Paul, and parents Mark (Iain Glen) and Maria (Lena Olin), have just moved into a beautiful, old house in the country. They came in search of quiet and tranquility, but instead they unearthed a horrifying secret that has been deeply buried for many years. Their home quickly becomes anything but welcoming and comfortable; it seems to have a life of its own...especially after dark.
As Regina begins to investigate her mysterious surroundings, she uncovers the truth about her family's new address. Decades ago, it was the site of a ritual gone awry - one that would have spread evil to the ends of the world. Seven children were to be sacrificed, but one got away.
Now, the force that has been brewing for so many years is aiming for a final sacrifice to complete its reckoning and travel beyond the walls of their home. No one is safe, and every time the lights go out, something terrifying comes out of the darkness. The family's only chance for survival is to stop something that they can't even see.
A chilling tale of mounting psychological and supernatural terror, DARKNESS explores the deeply imbedded human fear of all that cannot be seen. DARKNESS is directed by Juame Balaguero and stars Anna Paquin (X-MEN, X-MEN 2), Lena Olin (CHOCOLAT, TV's ALIAS), Iain Glen (LARA CROFT: TOMB RAIDER, RESIDENT EVIL: APOCALYPSE) and Giancarlo Giannini (MAN ON FIRE, HANNIBAL).