Alone in the Dark

Synopsis: Edward Carnby, detective of the paranormal, unexplained and supernatural, investigates a mystery (the recent death of a friend) with clues leading to "Shadow Island" that brings him face to face with bizarre horrors that prove both psychologically disturbing and lethal, as he discovers that evil demons worshiped by an ancient culture called the Abskani are planning on coming back to life in the 21st century to once again take over the world... and only he and a young genius anthropologist with an incredible memory (and his ex-girlfriend), Aline Cedrac, stand in their way, at a gateway to hell. Standing in Carnby's way, however, is the impact that a brief encounter with an evil spirit called the Queen had upon his mind, as he slowly finds himself overpowered by the forces of darkness as they eat away at his very sanity...
Genre: Action, Horror, Sci-Fi
Director(s): Uwe Boll
Production: Lions Gate
  5 wins & 4 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
96 min

It's just...

the children are

my responsibility.

We've been through this before.

These children have been

specially selected.

If my work is a success,

thousands of lives can be saved.

It's not about a few children.

It's about the future

of our species.

Anyway, it's too late

for doubt now.

The process

has already started.

Just do what we agreed.

At 10 P.M.,

you call the police...

and you tell them

the children have disappeared.

Sir, the subjects

have been transported.


But, sir, there's a problem.

Head count had twenty of them

before transport.

Now we've only got nineteen.

Someone's missing.


Good evening, Sheriff.

What's going on, Adams?

There's twenty kids

live at this orphanage.

All twenty of them

have gone missing.

-And then?

-After the power went out...

I went to check

on the children.

Their beds were empty,

every one of them.

They just...


Did you have a nightmare?

My mommy says that there's

nothing to be afraid of...

in the dark.

Your mother's wrong, kid.

Being afraid of the dark

is what keeps most of us alive.


Carnby is coming in...

on flight 185

from Buenos Aires.

He's got the artifact.

Intercept him at the airport.

Get the artifact and kill him.

So maybe you're thinking

I'm an a**hole...

scaring that kid

for no reason...

but I'm just

trying to protect him.

You see, there's a world

around you...

that you've trained

yourself not to see.

Call it paranormal,

supernatural, occult, whatever.

But inside all of us...

is an uncontrollable fear

of the dark.

Kids are told it's irrational,

but it's not.

Fear is what protects you...

from the things

you don't believe in.

I learned the truth

a long time ago-

just because

you can't see something...

doesn't mean

it can't kill you.

When I was ten,

I lost my memory.

Gone, erased.

I know something bad happened

back then at the orphanage.

I've been looking

for answers ever since.

You don't have to believe me.

My name is Edward Carnby,

and I'm here to protect you...

from the things

you don't believe.

You travel light.

I carry enough baggage

for the both of us. Trust me.

That's funny, man.

What do you do?

You don't want to know.

Sure, I do. That's the best part

of the job, you know-

learning about people's lives.

I'm a paranormal investigator.

Are you f***ing serious?


What does that mean exactly?

Let me put it this way.

I hunt and track down

the strange and unusual.

Speaking of strange

and unusual...

that cab's been following us

since we left the airport.

-No sh*t?

-No sh*t.

You want me to lose him?

I wouldn't mind.

Let's do it.

They really want

something from you.


That's my cab, man!

My boss is gonna

f***ing kill me!

My insurance is not

gonna cover this, man!


Pull into this market up here.

And kill someone?

It's a total dream.

Stay down!

You all right?

Where is he?

Hey! Hey!

Miss Cedrac,

we got another delivery.

I don't have anything

scheduled for today.

What museum was it

transferred from?

"For Dr. Hudgens,

from Dr. Hudgens. "

That must be a mistake.

It's probably for

the big Abkani show.

Abkani? What the hell is Abkani?

It's an ancient

Native American civilization.

They were, like,

this super-advanced culture...

until, like, 10,000 years ago,

they just disappeared.

It says it's only to be opened

by Dr. Hudgens.

This is Aline Cedrac.

She's the assistant curator.

We have artifacts coming in

from all around the world.

Until Hudgens gets back...

I will be doing

all his cataloging for him.

Hey, where is Hudgens anyway?

The show opens

in a couple days.

He's off on another

archaeological goose chase.

He thinks he's finally

found the Arabis.

So he sticks you

with all the work.

At least it takes your mind

off your boyfriend, right?

I'll be in my office

if you need me.


They say a sunken ship

is like a grave.

It should never be disturbed.

I've been searching

for the Arabis...

for over twenty years, Captain,

and now that I've found it...

I'm afraid your

ill-informed superstitions...

aren't enough to stop me.

OK, Hudgens,

let's see what we've got.

Edward, it's John here.

I don't know if you're back from

wherever you were this time...

but if you are, call me.

It's the nightmares.

They've started again.

I need to know if it's just me.

Call me, please.

Well, are you going

to open it up...

make sure it's what

you're looking for?

The conditions must be perfect.


there may be consequences.

Is this made of solid gold?

You know, the Abkani

was the first civilization...

to use gold

to house their valuables.

They believed it held the power

to contain evil spirits.


we can't even remember...

why we value gold

in the first place.

Let's just load this

on the truck.

If the container

is made of solid gold...

whatever's inside

must be worth a fortune.

Oh, you have no idea.

But I'm looking forward

to finding out.

Listen. Listen!

You'll make a terrible mistake!

The only mistake

I'd be making...

is letting you walk out

with whatever's inside.

Throw him in there!

Please! No!

Open it up, Captain.

Let's see what we've got.

Don't open it!


Oh, God.

What are we looking at,


Electromagnetics off the scale,


I've never seen

anything like it.


all sensors now, sir.

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Elan Mastai

Elan Mastai is a Canadian screenwriter and novelist. He is best known for The F Word, for which he won the Canadian Screen Award for Best Adapted Screenplay at the 2nd Canadian Screen Awards in 2014.His other screenwriting credits include MVP: Most Vertical Primate and Fury. He has described The F Word as the first time he wrote a screenplay in his own voice, rather than to the commercial demands of a mass-audience film.He was born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia, to a Canadian mother and an Israeli immigrant father. He studied film at Queen's University and Concordia University.In 2015, Mastai secured a $1.25 million deal for his debut novel, All Our Wrong Todays. A science fiction novel about a man from an alternate history utopia who, while part of a time travel experiment, causes a drastic alteration of his history, and regains consciousness in our society. The novel was published on February 7, 2017. more…

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