Synopsis: There's something in this house... Something ancient and dark that remains still, hidden and silent. It can only wait, having been concealed in the shadows for years. In fact, its milieu is darkness. Only in it can it show itself and move. It even takes its name: DARKNESS. It's lived here since someone tried to call it, more than forty years ago. Because this house hides a secret, a terrible past, an inconceivably evil act... Seven children, faceless people, a circle that must be completed. And blood, lots of blood...
Genre: Horror
Director(s): Jaume Balagueró
Production: Miramax Films
  2 wins & 3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
88 min

Now, I want you to try and tell us

everything that happened.

Anything you can remember.

I can't, I can't remember.

We need your help so we can

find the other children.

A house.

- What?

- They took us to a house.

- Who?

- I don't know. People.

Do you think the other children

are still there?

Do you think they've been hurt?


You're doing just fine.

We're going to find them.

But we need you to tell us more.

You've got to try and remember.

I can't, I can't remember anything.


- Drink it.

- But...

No complaints. Drink.

- Did you get 'em?

- Get what?

The pencils.


Has he had breakfast?

- We're on it. How did it go?

- I'm bushed.

I think it's going to take me a while

to get used to it,

and on top of that,

night shifts.

Don't worry,

you're just starting.

Anyhow I'm going to my father

about getting your shift changed.

We'll see.

Do you know

where the toaster is?

I have no idea.

We still have tons

of boxes left to open.

Unless you give me a hand,

I give up.

Hey, big guy.


- Today's your first day, isn't it?

- Yeah.

- You nervous?

- A little.

You'll see that you'll like it.

You'll make lots of friends soon.

Come on, Paul.

You're gonna be late,

come on.


It's about time.

I was just about to get you up.

We've got to do.

It's too early.

And I have swim practice.

That's not for two hours.

And travel.

This is the sticks,

I have to take the bus everywhere.

I'm not waiting any longer for this

to start looking like a real house.

We've been here almost three weeks,

and with the notable

exception of myself,

one has unpacked one single box.

And don't forget, you promised you

were going to paint your room.

Mom, I don't...

I don't know if I'm staying.

I thought we discussed this, Reggie.

You know how your father

and I feel.

When have you

ever listened to me?

I just want to finish

school in the States with my friends.

Is that so abnormal?

- Hi.

- Hi.

What are you doing here?

You're crazy.

I'm not doing anything wrong.

I'm just here to pick up

my American friend.

Well, you got here too late

'cause I got to go.

Just tell me if you're gonna stay.

I'm not.

- Come on, you got to go.

- Why not?

Go, please.

They saw you.

- We'll talk about it later.

- Promise?

I promise.

I'm warning you,

it's not going to be easy for your

family to live in another country.

Especially for the kids.

Oh, I know. It's a big move.

I'm sure hoping they'll get used to it.

It's a great place.

Think so?

It needs work.

Yeah, That's true.

A hammer and nails and a bit

of paint, you'll see.

Plus I got one month

before semester starts.

Good luck.

Did you meet?

- No. Hi.

- How ya doing?

I was just saying,

it's like a dream come true.

You know what? He's lying.

You don't want to play anymore?

Oh, thanks.

Everybody seems to be having

a good time, right?

Paul reminds me of Mark

when he was that age.


he left.

Now you'll have your grandchildren

all to yourself

and you're gonna get sick of them.


It must be strange for them.

Poor Paul.

He'll end up crazy about you.

You'll see.

I'm gonna get jealous.

It's good to see you, dad.

That's it. It's over.


I thought it would never end.

Way to close a party.

Not again.

...experts suggest to be cautious.

Never look directly at the sun,

nor the optlcal device.

So take care, but make sure not to miss

it, Don't forget it's a unique event,

A very special eclipse

that takes place only every 40 years

and there are just 5 days to go.

- You lived here with grandpa?

- Yeah, when I was your age.

That's when you left for the States?

Why did you have to?

Well, your grandparents decided

to split up and...

I didn't have a choice

I had to go.

With your mom?

That's right.

Are you and mom going

- To split up?

- No.

Only families that don't get

along split up.

We get along,

don't we?


It's the second day and I bet

I'm the only one late.

Don't worry. You'll make it.

'We're like the lonely wildebeest

bleating his plaintive poetry

to the infinite herd."

Hey dad, do you even know

what a wildebeest is?

Sure it's...

It's like a cow.

And what's your cow saying?

"Get your ass

out of my face."

"Get your ass

out of my face."

Dad look, it worked.


Hey, shithead,

what are you doing? Move it!


Help me!

Help me!


- When was his last attack?

- More than ten years ago.

Haughtlngton is unpredictable,

but it doesn't have to be serious.

As quickly as it has come,

it can go.

I don't know.

I'm going to give him Haloperidol.

But if he does have an attack,

you know about the risk of choking.

Just keep a close eye on him.

This couldn't come

at a worse time.

Don't worry. Everything will be fine.

Trust me.


I'm okay, sweetie.

Nothing's happened.

Come on, let's go inside.

We've still got a lot

of work ahead of us.

This is going to be the best house

in the whole world.


What happened?

Your father had a small attack,

but it's nothing,

don't worry.

I've been talking

to your grandfather.

He's got to go back on medication

for a while and that's all.


It's starting again.

Nothing is starting again.

This is an isolated incident.

Don't blow it out of proportion.

You remember what happened.

You know exactly what this is.

And just now.

Just now what?

We're completely isolated.

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Jaume Balagueró

Jaume Balagueró i Bernat (Catalan pronunciation: [ˈdʒawme βalaɣeˈɾo]; born 2 November 1968) is a Spanish film director widely known for his horror films, most notably the acclaimed REC series. more…

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