Dark Days

Synopsis: Near Penn Station, next to the Amtrak tracks, squatters have been living for years. Marc Singer goes underground to live with them, and films this "family." A dozen or so men and one woman talk about their lives: horrors of childhood, jail time, losing children, being coke-heads. They scavenge, they've built themselves sturdy one-room shacks; they have pets, cook, chat, argue, give each other haircuts. A bucket is their toilet. Leaky overhead pipes are a source of water for showers. They live in virtual darkness. During the filming, Amtrak gives a 30-day eviction notice.
Genre: Documentary
Director(s): Marc Singer
Actors: Marc Singer
Production: Picture Farm
  7 wins & 6 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
82 min

When I first came down into the tunnel,

it looked dangerous, man.

It was lookin' real dangerous,

'cause even in the daytime it was dark.

And, like, I was scared.

I said, "Somewhere down the line,

it can't be bad as it is up top".

Because out in the street,

you had kids fuckin' with you.

You had the police fuckin' with you.

I mean, anybody can walk by you

while you're sleeping on a bench

and bust you in the head.

At least down in the tunnel,

you ain't gotta worry about that.

'Cause ain't nobody in their right mind

gonna come down there.

So you ain't got to worry about nobody

comin' down there messin' with you.

'Cause they're not.

They gonna be too scared

to come in there.

But to me, once you get past your fears,

the first or second night-

See, after that, man, you adjust.

You'd be surprised what the human mind

and the human body can adjust to.

- Tommy.

- What?

Damn, man, I'm tired.

I'm tired, yo.

Give out.


I could sleep

for about two or three-

I guess about

two or three more hours.

I don't feel like getting up.


Shit. It's fuckin' late.

Or early.

- I gotta take a fuckin' piss.

- Good morning, people.

Good morning, yeah.

Do me a favor, man.

Bring you back an empty bottle?

No. Take it out for me.


- It's fucking cold, man.

- It is.

It probably just feels cold.

It's probably like yesterday.


I'll get up. I'm ready.

Ready to hit the street.

When I first came down,

I was scared to death, man.

Scared that- Not scared. Just lookin'

at this goddamn place and shit.

I said, "Damn".

At that time,

the only reason I came down here -

just to get out the public eyesight.

But as I looked around and shit

and started noticing shit,

I started building and shit, man.

And that shit just became

into like a little project.

At first, I took it as a little camp

for two weeks.

And then this fucker became like home.

After, I start building.

Found, you know, stuff that I can use -

clothes, TVs, lamps.

Got power.

That camping shit, it went right away.

Left right out my goddamn mind

and shit.

You know what I'm sayin'?

And look at me now.

I been down here

for fuckin' five years, goin' on six.

Who knows it's been that long,

you know? It's been that fuckin' long.

I just forgot completely

about the damn time.

I see the place

looks a little cleaner.

Yeah, but, you know,

it's the fuckin' dog, man.

Ever since I got that dog, the

fuckin' place been fucked up, man.

What you mean it looks a little

cleaner? It looks terrible.

I was just being sarcastic.

I can see the dog

chews everything up and shit.

Yeah, man.

It's hard to keep a place clean

with a dog. -Mm-hmm.

Especially out here.

He drags everything in.

Was it clean before?

Yeah, it was always- It used to be

real nice and clean. -Yeah, it was.

He used to make us

take off our shoes.

Almost every time I came in,

he had a different rug on.

Yup. Every couple of days,

he'd put on another rug, another rug.

The place was really nice,

you know.

And he was always working

on the house. Yeah.

Like what?

Fixing the door. Always the door. If

not the inside door, the outside door.

Working on the roof.

Making the trapdoor to get out

and escape, to come in.

Putting a window in.

Then he take the window out.

You know? All kinds of stuff.

He even had a ladder in here.

Oh, the ladder, yeah. Used to be

in this corner. -Yeah, I took it out.

It used to go

straight up to the roof.

And he was putting a balcony

up there. Then he changed his mind.

He's the only one that I ever see

working on their house.

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