BROKEN DARKNESS (2017) Reviews, new trailer and US release news


‘The end is now’

Broken Darkness is a 2017 South African science fiction horror feature film written and directed by Christopher-Lee dos Santos.

The movie stars Sean Cameron Michael (Blood Drive TV series; The Mummy; Shark Attack 2), Suraya Santos, Brandon Auret – Blood Drive TV series; Planet of the Sharks; Tremors 5: Bloodlines.


Eight years after a massive meteor shower, humanity has sought refuge underground. Broken man Sam (Sean Cameron Michael), who has lost all hope after the death of his son, is forced to survive within the underground.

Sam and his trusted friend Troy (Brandon Aurett) along with a young female Rose (Suraya Santos), are thrust on a journey that takes them into the darkest parts of the underground world where they find themselves on the run with a crew of ragtag yet heavily armed rangers.

Hunted by mutated creatures, bandits, and cannibals alike, the trio risk everything to venture back to the surface to find their lost home. Faced with a new impending danger threatening to wipe out the last of mankind’s existence forever they struggle to survive their shattered world…


“Dos Santos tries to incorporate too many genres, into this 110 minute film. Is this a sci-fi film? The early spfx laden scenes of falling meteorites would say yes. Is this a horror film? Creatures drag characters into darkened pipes, so the answer is again – yes […] Broken Darkness tries to cover too much ground and fails to cover any one genre with a focused intensity. The result is that the film, like the title suggests, is a bit broken.” 28 Days Later Analysis

The highlights in this film was the outstanding underground set/locations (set in Johannesburg, South Africa) and the great cinematography. The film actually started off very good for the first 30 mins or so. The story held my interest, the score intensified the suspense, and I couldn’t wait for what was going to happen next. Then after that, the score took a turn for the worse, the sound had serious issues (e.g. faint gunshots), and the scenes dragged on forever…” Top Dawg Critic

Release date:

In the USA, Broken Darkness will be released by Vertical Entertainment on October 29, 2021.

Main cast:

Sean Cameron Michael … Sam
Suraya Rose Santos … Rose (as Suraya Santos)
Brandon Auret … Troy
Brendan Sean Murray … Zero (as Brendon Murray)
Ryan Kruger … Ghost / Lone Man
Sean Redpath … Khan
Jonathan Pienaar … Robert
Edwin Gagiano … Fowler
Toke Lars Bjarke … John
Sarah Kozlowski … Anna
Damon Berry … Foreman
Graham Clarke … Jack Halloway
Thorsten Wedekind … Gunman
Chris van Rensburg … Mike
Stevel Marc … Patrick / Doorman
Daniella Pellegrini … News Reporter

Filming locations:

Johannesburg, South Africa

Technical details:

118 minutes

Original title:

Filmed as Last Broken Darkness


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