Dark Touch

Synopsis: In a remote town in Ireland, eleven-year-old Niamh finds herself the sole survivor of a bloody massacre that killed her parents and younger brother. Suspecting a gang of homicidal vandals, the police ignore Niamh's explanation that the house is the culprit. To help ease her trauma, dutiful neighbors Nat and Lucas take her in with the supervision of a social worker. Niamh has trouble finding peace with the wholesome and nurturing couple, and horrific danger continues to manifest.
Genre: Horror
Director(s): Marina de Van
Production: IFC Midnight
  3 wins & 2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
90 min



I'll be right back.

I'm just gonna tie him up.

Calm down.

Calm down!


Is is that you?

It's neve!

Call here parents.


Calm down, neve.

It's gonna be all right.

What was she doing

in the forest?

Henry and maud are coming.

They're close.

They think she's afraid

of the house,

That she jumped out

of the window to escape.

Neve, do you hear?

Your parents are coming.

Oh, god, lucas,

look at her mouth!

Jesus christ!

Shh, neve, neve..



Her tongue has been cut.

Looks like a bite.

Who did this to you?

Was it the dog?


Neve, what happened?

ryan and lucy,

go back upstairs, now!

she's covered

in scratches and bruises.

She must have fallen,

Either with the dog

or earlier.

Oh my god.

What's all this blood?

Oh, god..

Who did this to you?

Did someone break in

to the house?

Why did you jump?

You could have killed yourself.

Okay, let's go, now.

come on, come on.

It wasn't me!

It wasn't me, daddy!

Okay, let's go upstairs.

Mommy's upset, let's go.

Shh. Shh, shh..

Who is that?

Do you know them?


Come in.

Maud, neve,

come downstairs.

Look who's here!

sit down.

Would you like some tea?

Yes, please.


How are you?

Not too shaken up?

She looked so terrified.

That wound..

I don't know what to think.

I'm gonna ask advice

from a friend in galway,

Who's a shrink.

Hiya, neve.

How you feeling?

We came

to see how you are.

Say hello, neve.

You've got to

exercise your tongue.


Are you all right?

Two years

is not long enough.

I'm sorry

we couldn't be there.

I know mary loved henry.

He was her favorite doctor.

I just hope she soon

settles into the house.

A shelf fell down


It was my fault, I didn't

put it up properly, but..

She thinks things move.

The house creaks,

it's normal.

She's forgotten what it's like

living in the country.

But, if she doesn't settle,

then we'll have to move.

Even if it means

going back into town.

After only one month now,

it's a bit of shame,

But, still..

And we're gonna have to

do her bedroom up again.

Let her choose everything

this time.

Maybe she'll

feel better then.

And I've cut the branches down

outside her window.

They were casting shadows

over the wall.

We had to do that, too,

for our kids.

They were scared stiff by them.

And leave a night light

on for her.

Oh, we bought one of those

this morning.

Do you not miss

living in town?

With your high class


No, I'm fed up

with all that.

Besides, the country's better

for the kids.

That's enough, neve.

Leave him alone.

How many times

have we told you, dammit!

I'm sorry.

Neve is still

very jealous of her brother.

But children don't always

realize how violent they can be.

You're still a little tired,


Go upstairs and have a rest,

and I'll come up and see you.


You okay?

Yeah, I just..

I have this ringing in my ears.


It's it's okay.

It's gone now.

Come on, let's hurry up.

The kids are waiting on us.


Don't be afraid.

Everything's all right.

Trust us.

Can you give mummy

a smile?

A good night kiss?



What's that noise?

Who was that screaming?


What are you doing?

Bring your brother back here,



[crashing, slicing sounds

Neve, protect your brother!

Go downstairs!





..No sign of them.

..To control..

We have recovered two adults,

We're still missing

two children.


check around the back.

there's something here.

come here.

Come here.





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Marina de Van

Marina de Van (French: [də van]; born 8 February 1971) is a French film director, screenwriter and actress. Her film, Don't Look Back, was screened out of competition at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival. more…

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