Movie Review: DARKNESS RISING (Blu-ray Combo Pack)

DARKNESS RISING was directed by Austin Reading from a screenplay by Vikram Weet and stars Tara Holt, Bryce Johnson, Katrina Law, Christian Ganiere, Heather Mazur, Myk Watford and Ted Raimi.

They came in search of her past. Pray it lets them escape. A house’s horrifying secrets are resurrected in the blood-drenched nightmare, Darkness Rising. For years, Madison (Tara Holt) has been tormented by her memories of a traumatic incident: the murder of her younger sister at the hands of their own mother. Joined by her fiancé (Bryce Johnson) and cousin (Katrina Law), Madison returns to her childhood home just before it’s slated to be demolished. Seeking closure, the trio instead find themselves pursued by the same malevolent, supernatural presence that drove Madison’s mother to unthinkable violence!

Darkness Rising follows this lone survivor of a brutal family massacre who revisits her childhood home years later on the eve of its destruction so that she can confront her tragic past. It’s taken her years to come up with the courage to do this and she brings along her fiancé and cousin for moral support. Madison has been haunted by her past for so long and hopes that contronting these hurtful memories will give her some kind of closure. She enters to confront her past but she ends up going up against a deadly evil that dwells inside this old abandoned house.

As soon Madison and her two friends enter this old house they immediately find themselves trapped inside with no way to escape. The three begin to go through some terrifying experiences that not only makes them question their own sanity but their trust in each other. As this terrifying night moves along, Madison ends up putting the pieces to this traumtatic puzzle together only to discover that she’s the missing piece that this old house has been waiting on all these years. Madison went into her childhood home hoping to find a way to escape the pain of her past but what she ultimately finds out is that she’s an eternal part of it.

The front of the packaging features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, an image and specs. The reverse sleeve features some alternate artwork so you have your choice of which side you’d like to use for the front cover. Each disc also features its own individual artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for the high-definition disc were crips and clear. The picture and sound quality for the standard-definition disc were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Darkness Rising ended up being this dark haunted house thriller that’s full of terrifying visions and impressive special effects. We don’t get enough haunted house thrillers so any time one comes along I’m going to be curious about it and want to watch it. The story for this one was okay even though it felt a little like a retread from a few other horror movies. The three main characters were interesting and I thought three actors (Tara Holt, Bryce Johnson, Katrina Law) did a really good job with their performances. I mentioned there were some impressive special effects and these visual scares helped make this movie such a creepy cool watch. Austin Reading did a good job telling this haunted house story and bringing these thrills and chills to life on screen. Darkness Rising will be available on a Blu-ray+DVD Combo Pack on November 7th and is worth checking out. It’s not a great movie but it is a fun watch for horror fans.

Distributor: Scream Factory / IFC Midnight

Run Time: 81 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.78:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0

DVD Video: Anamorphic Widescreen (1.78:1)

DVD Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0

Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish

Special Features: N/A





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