Thursday, 9 August 2012

In The Dark Half - Seriously spooky

Stunning film from Alastair Siddons dealing with grief and loss. This is a subtlety powerful film that draws you in slowly, to the world of 15yr old Marie and the events surrounding the sudden death of her neighbours son, Sean. He mysteriously dies whilst she is babysitting him one night.

Sean's father, 'Filthy' (Scottish actor Tony Curran), is dedicated to his son, and completely falls apart after his death. Rumored to have murdered his wife when Sean was a baby, he is a loner who spends his spare time hunting in the hills behind his house.

Jessica Barden (last seen in Tamara Drewe) is excellent as disturbed teen, Marie. She brings a wonderful intensity to the role of the lonely, superstitious girl. Marie struggles to get along with her mother, and follows some bizarre rituals to ward off evil spirits. Her escape from the world is also in the woods up on the hill, and as the story unfolds we see her slip further away from reality. There is an underlying feeling of the influence of supernatural beings, and strange lights in the hills that Marie and Sean pay special attention too.

The death of a child must be one of the most difficult things for anyone to ever go through, and the agony is shown so well by Filthy. This is not a 'pretty' movie - it is very raw with a brutal plainess to the cast, and their shabby homes. Set in Autumn, the time of the year when the light starts to fade quickly and winter approaches, there is a cold, grey tone to the film.

Though described as a horror movie, Siddons says he wanted to avoid the cliche of 'candles and crows', and with 'In the Dark Half' he has created the ultimate spooky movie with a chilling twist at the end that leaves you surprised.This is one of the best films to come out of the UK in a long time, and I hope to see it do well world wide.


  1. What's up with the weird flash backs to the wealthy Victorian(?) people and the last scene. They seemed so out of place... as if Netflix somehow mixed up two movies. Otherwise, I really enjoyed the film. I'm just completely confused.

    1. I agree, a little confused by those flashbacks

  2. I'm not sure Netflix is responsible for those inserted may be that they somehow recorded over another film and the stuff at the end is what's left. I think you just have to ignore those scenes because they make no sense. It's too bad they are there because it rather ruined the mood of the ending.