It’s no Monster Squad, but The Dark — an indie horror playing the festival circuit right now — certainly has a solid grasp of the horror fundamentals. Its story of a blind boy and an undead girl, both of whom suffered immeasurable cruelties to attain those statuses, teaming up to haunt some woods. Sure, people get killed. But what’s a teen movie without a little selfishness?
The feature debut of director/screenwriter Justin P. Lange (who co-directs with Klemens Hufnagl), the Austrian, English-language film is one of jump scares, gory horror, and unlikely friendship. The pull quote in the trailer comparing it to Guillermo del Toro’s best work doesn’t sound far off the mark. Especially after you see the complex first trailer.
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Mina (Nadia Alexander) and Alex (Toby Nichols), well, they’re looking out for one another — even if that means luring folks into the woods for the former to eat. There seem to be plenty of gruesome deaths in the film that may or may not pull of its multiple flashbacks in a way that avoids bringing everything to a dead stop in order to unpack some trauma. If the fest reaction holds up, this film should find a lot of fans stateside.
The Dark premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and continues to play festivals like the UK’s FrightFest.
This article previously stated that The Dark had not obtained U.S. distribution. In fact, it will be released in the U.S. on VOD and in theaters on Oct. 26 from Dark Sky Films.