‘Fear the light’
Dark Light is a 2019 American horror feature film written and directed by Padraig Reynolds (Open 24 Hours; The Devil’s Dolls; Rites of Spring). The Seahorse FIlmhouse-Zee Studios International production stars Jessica Madsen, Ben Sullivan, Opal Littleton and Ed Brody.
Following her mother’s death and a painful divorce Annie and her daughter move back to her childhood home. At first, everything seems fine but then tragedy strikes again when on a foggy night Emily goes missing from her bedroom. Annie claims that she saw something come from the darkness and take Emily… a creature.
Nobody believes her. But when Emily’s body cannot be found Annie becomes the prime suspect and is sent to a correctional hospital. Annie must now escape the hospital and return to the house to confront the creature that she believes has stolen her daughter…
Reviews [click links to read more]:
“It has something of the feel of the direct-to-video creature features of the 1990s (The Dark, 1993), made before the SyFy Channel got hold of all that cheap CGI tech – and the monster (performed by Weston Meredith) has a great look and nasty m.o.” The Kim Newman Web Site
“Whilst the film itself feels derivative and cliched, at least we have a stunning monster to look at! Part Ridley Scott’s Alien, part Pumpkinhead (apt given the farmhouse’s Southern gothic-style location), with an eerie glowing “eye”, the monster of Dark Light is easily the best thing about the film…” Nerdly
“The creatures themselves are fairly nasty looking. All mouth and a huge glowing eye where their face should be […] For me though Dark Light just never really gets going. It looks good and it’s not boring, but it’s never overly exciting either. The elements are there, it all just lacks the spark to set it off.” Voices from the Balcony
Cast and characters:
- Jessica Madsen … Annie Knox – Leatherface
- Ben Sullivan … Hunt – Jackals; iZombie TV series; Supernatural TV series
- Opal Littleton … Emily Knox
- Ed Brody … Paul Knox
- Kristina Clifford … Sheriff Dickerson – Vampire Diaries… For Real, Though? short
- Gerald Tyler … Walter Simms – The Lighthouse; The ReZort