DOWN A DARK HALL (2018) Reviews and overview

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Down a Dark Hall is a 2018 American supernatural horror feature film directed by Rodrigo Cortés (Red Lights; Buried) from a screenplay by Michael Goldbach and Chris Sparling, based on the 1974 Lois Duncan novel of the same name. The movie stars Uma Thurman, AnnaSophia Robb, Isabelle Fuhrman and Taylor Russell.

Katherine ‘Kit’ Gordy (AnnaSophia Robb), a new student at the Blackwood Boarding School, uncovers sinister supernatural phenomena brought about by the dark powers of the institute’s headmistress…


Cortés’ film doesn’t concern itself nearly enough with the bond that forms among the group of girls, watering down the significance of their eventual union of survival against the evils of their boarding school. Blackwood’s dimly lit, claustrophobic chambers and wind-swept curtains render adequately ghostly, and the escalating visual effects manage to bring abundant gothic creepiness to life.” Tomris Laffly,

” …the writers endeavor to ease the overriding gloom with one-liners, delivered by various cast members with good bite and timing, for the most part […] As the pace picks up, Down a Dark Hall more clearly signals its intentions and becomes a more conventional thriller. It adds up to an experience that I admired for its intentions and ambitions, more so than the relative enjoyment of actually watching it unfold on screen.” Peter Martin, Screen Anarchy

Main cast and characters:

  • AnnaSophia Robb … Katherine “Kit” Gordy
  • Uma Thurman
  • Isabelle Fuhrman … Izzy
  • Kirsty Mitchell … Ginny Dabrowski
  • Taylor Russell
  • Rebecca Front
  • Jim Sturgeon … Dave Dabrowski
  • Victoria Moroles … Veronica
  • Noah Silver … Jules

Production companies:

Fickle Fish Films/Nostromo Pictures/Temple Hill Entertainment

Filming locations:

Principal photography began on October 2016 in Barcelona. After four weeks of shooting in Barcelona and two weeks in the Canary Islands, filming ended in December 2016.

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Down a Dark Hall was released on August 17, 2018, by Lionsgate Premiere.

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