DARK SILENCE (2016) Reviews and overview


‘When evil comes knocking’

Dark Silence aka The Blind King is a 2016 Italian-Canadian horror feature film directed by Raffaele Picchio (Curse of the Blind Dead; Morituris) from a screenplay co-written with Riccardo De Flaviis and Lorenzo Paviano. The movie stars Aaron Stielstra, Désirée Giorgetti and Eleonora Marianelli.


Following the death of his wife, grieving Craig moves into a new home with his daughter, Jennifer . It’s not long before the pair discovers the house is haunted by a dark presence that wants to take over the child. One day, Jennifer disappears and Craig must face a terrible truth in order to find his daughter…


“If you go into The Blind King expecting traditional ghosts, frights and horrors you’re going to be disappointed. What you actually get is a journey into the increasingly fractured psyche of a man forced to confront his failure, grief and guilt. It’s not a pleasant trip but it is a compelling one.” Full on Fear

“From the get-go it was a really tough sell, not helped by an early tone that oozed a surreal and abstract nature. Scenes of lengthy dialogue do little to quell a clock-watching irritability, although my patience did pay off as it skirted around the realms of The Babadook (2014) and Under the Shadow (2016), albeit without the palpable, pulse racing horror that accompanied those films.” The Schlock Pit

Cast and characters:

  • Aaron Stielstra … Craig
  • Désirée Giorgetti … Susan
  • Eleonora Marianelli … Jennifer
  • Sofia Pauly … Helen
  • David White … The Blind King


  • Luca Boni … producer
  • Marco Ristori … producer
  • Russ Rossi … executive producer / producer

Production companies:

  • Extreme Video
  • Quizam Media production

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