The Dark Quick Review
Directed by John Fawcett
The Dark tells the story of estranged couple Adelle and James and their daughter Sarah. Adelle and her daughter are not on the best of terms when visiting James at his house in Wales. The Dark is a thrilling ghost story rather than a slasher film in the horror genre, bringing haunting melodies and disturbing images to this tale.
The house has some history, being the home of a minister of his own religion. Fifty years ago, the Shepherd preached his flock sick in the mind. All of his followers jumped off the cliff. Adelle learns of this history from James’ hired help before Sarah is nearly trampled over by sheep, jumping over the cliff’s edge.
Sarah ends up falling into the water, disappearing from her mother. Her body is not found, and her father calls off the search for Sarah. Adelle, guilty from her mistreatment of her daughter earlier, is determined to find her daughter, no matter the cost. Adelle finds a strange girl by the name of Ebrill on James’ property, and she knows where Sarah is.
The Dark is about the mother-daughter bond, and what a parent is willing to do for a child. Adelle commits the ultimate sacrifice to save her daughter, but something came back with her, in her. History repeats itself.