The Dark Red – USA, 2018 – reviews

The Dark Red is a 2018 American horror thriller feature film in which a young woman is committed to a psychiatric hospital and claims her newborn was stolen by a dark cult…

Directed by Dan Bush (The Vault; The Reconstruction of William Zero; The Signal) from a screenplay co-written with Conal Byrne (who also stars), the Psychopia Pictures production also headlines April Billingsley, Bernard Setaro Clark and Jill Jane Clements.

Reviews [click links to read more]:

” …think Mandy without Panos Cosmatos’ lysergic visual lyricism. It would, of course, be harsh to expect anyone to match that neon- and gore-drenched masterpiece, but Bush undoubtedly takes the gloves off in this lo-fi scorcher. The Dark Red isn’t afraid to get a little bloody, and it’s all the more entertaining for it.” The Austin Chronicle

“The flat visual style, structure and pacing […] give it the look and feel of a vintage made for TV American drama rather than the 70’s occult horror films to which it seems to aspire. Silly secondary characters do it no favours and it takes a fatal credibility plunge at a crucial moment when the audience is asked to accept an unintentionally amusing bit of Scooby-Doo-style wig-wearing subterfuge.” HorrorScreams VideoVault

“It’s a simple enough story, but powerfully played by Billingsley – Sybil is bitter, sarcastic, sly, and cunning because she has to be to cope with her circumstances, though she’s aware that her attitudes aren’t calculated to enlist anyone to her side – and directed for maximum unease.” The Kim Newman Web Site


The Dark Red premiered at the 2018 Austin Film Festival in Texas on October 29. The film was shown at the 2019 Arrow Video FrightFest in London on 24th August 2019. Signature Entertainment releases The Dark Red in the UK on Digital HD on 18th November 2019.

Cast and characters:

  • April Billingsley … Sybil Warren
  • Conal Byrne … David Hollyfield
  • Bernard Setaro Clark … Doctor Morales
  • Jill Jane Clements … Kathrine Warren
  • John Curran … William Holyfield
  • Rhoda Griffis … Rose Holyfield
  • Katie Hahn … Pregnant woman
  • Blaire Hillman … Woman in the purple coat
  • Robert Mello … Grieving Man
  • Robert Pralgo … CEO
  • Lake Roberts … Corporate lawyer #1
  • Sorrell Sanders … Suicidal woman
  • Kelsey Scott … Dr. Deluce
  • Celementine June SengStack … Young Sybil Warren
  • James Boone Sengstack … Sybil’s Baby


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