THE DARK was written and directed by Justin P. Lange and stars Nadia Alexander, Toby Nichols, Karl Markovics, Sarah Murphy-Dyson, Dan Beirne, Margarete Tiesel and Dylan Trowbridge.

On the outskirts of a small town lies Devil’s Den, a mysterious tract of woods where many have entered but no one has ever left. The local legend is that the spirit of a girl who was horrifically murdered there haunts – and hunts in – this dense forest, brutally slaying anyone who dares to step into her terrain. When a young man with a dark past crosses her path, a series of events are set in motion that may lead to redemption for two tragically tortured souls.

The Dark is a haunting and sometimes terrifying yarn about Alex (Toby Nichols), a blind boy who not only comes face to face with Mena (Nadia Alexander), this monstrous legend of the woods, but he ends up becoming friends with her. He’s already scared to death and all alone so when Alex first meets Mena he’s beyond petrified but the thing is she’s fully aware of that as well as his innocence and this is what keeps her from killing him. This girl is a vicious killer but she ends up having a soft side for him.

As the movie plays out, the two become comfortable while they learn more about each other and this is where the two new friends discover that both of them are tortured souls. What happens is, Mena’s blood thirsty monstrous side gives in to what’s left of her humanity where compassion for this young boy takes over. As the movie plays out, Mena’s tragic past is slowly revealed that shows what actually happened to her and how she was resurrected as this undead creature that became this haunting legend of the woods.

The front of the packaging features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The DVD disc also features some artwork that matches the front cover. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this standard-definition release were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, The Dark lived up to the hype and ended up being a chilling watch that’s one part fairy tale and one part massacre. This mixture of fairy tale, horror and innocence lost is what makes this movie something new and different for the zombie subgenre. Justin P. Lange did a great job with his directorial debut that features two standout performances by young Nadia Alexander and Toby Nichols. The story about these two tortured souls was really interesting but it’s these performances and Lange’s eye that captures the magic. There’s also a lot of blood and gore so the horror hounds out there won’t be disappointed at all. All in all, I really enjoyed this unique little thriller that’s definitely one of the better zombie movies (if you can even call it that) to come along in years. The Dark will be available on DVD on January 15th.

Distirbutor: Dark Sky Films

Run Time: 95 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

DVD Video: Widescreen (1.78:1)

DVD Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH

Special Features: Trailer

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