Dark Skies is nothing that hasn’t gone before. It’s yet another whispering, sci-fi horror with family drama and troubles as a base, and children as the suspected villains. Or is it the aliens?
In terms of scare factor, it would probably leave a fair number of any audience on the edge of seats – maybe even project enough darkness to satisfy the thrill seekers. But the extremists, those who dress up as the clown in Saw that is, would most likely laugh it off.
The plot finds a dysfunctional family with money problems thrust into a world of mystery and seemingly supernatural happenings. All manner of social problems crisscross with those that are quite possibly fantastical – a teenage son, a mortgage, odd goings on in the middle of the night. All the perils of broken American suburbia, basically.
Yes, director Scott Stewart knows how to scare people. This time round he has toyed with more sci-fi elements, and these are done well, even if they more than likely allowed a simplistic and fool proof make.
But while this may not be the most horrific film out, or the most complex psychological thrill, it has its moments and certainly for me – someone who was petrified by The Others – it left me with a few beads of sweat that would usually not be there while sitting on a sofa with a glass of wine.
Dark Skies is by no means a courageous or daring nail-biter, but I imagine it does a job for any normal terror junky and is produced and crafted aptly enough.
Director: Scott Stewart
Produced by: Jason Blum; Couper Samuelson; Jeanette Brill
Keri Russell, Josh Hamilton, Kadan Rockett, Dakota Goyo, J.K. Simmons
Running time: 97 minutes
- Joshua Barrie
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