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Dark House (2009)

  • Rate: 4.8/10 total 827 votes 
  • Genre: Horror | Thriller
  • Runtime: 85 min
  • Filming Location: Canoga Park, Los Angeles, California, USA
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  • IMDb page: Dark House (2009)
  • Rate: 4.8/10 total 827 votes 
  • Genre: Horror | Thriller
  • Runtime: 85 min
  • Filming Location: Canoga Park, Los Angeles, California, USA
  • Director: Darin Scott
  • Stars: Jeffrey Combs, Meghan Ory and Diane Salinger
  • Original Music By: Vincent Gillioz   
  • Soundtrack: The Dark House
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Haunted House | Actor | Ghost | Gore | Beautiful Woman

Writing Credits By:

  • Darin Scott (screenplay)
  • Kerry Douglas Dye (story) and
  • Darin Scott (story)

Known Trivia

    Goofs: Factual errors: When a bleeding Moreton is dragged down the hall he leaves no blood trail. There's also no blood on the floor where his body fell.

    Plot: A troupe of actors hired for a haunted house attraction soon find that they are working in a true house of horror.  »

    Story: A troupe of actors hired for a haunted house attraction soon find that they are working in a true house of horror.

    Synopsis

    Synopsis: Traumatized by an terrifying event in her youth, Claire Thompson tries to exorcise her demons by revisiting the old house where a terrible children’s massacre took place. Now a haunted house attraction set up by impressario Walston Rey, the former foster home run by the evil Miss Darrode is set to open for the press and Walston recruits Claire and several of her fellow acting class students to perform as part of the show. Unfortunately, a series of horrible murders happen at the haunted house, generating from the malevolent spirit of the departed Miss Darrode. A group of young actors is recruited to work for the "Dark House," a new haunted house attraction built by impresario, Walston Rey. His revolutionary new holographic system projects images of monsters throughout the house in an infinite number of variations.

    Walston has deliberately chosen a house which fourteen years before was the scene of a grizzly massacre perpetrated by Ms. Darode. Slowly the group begins to realize that things are not what they appear. The house locks down and the attractions begin to attack the actors with murderous intent as they frantically work to shut down the system and understand what happening. Could it all be just a computer malfunction and an attempt to ruin Walston or has the spirit of Ms. Darode returned to take care of some unfinished business…

     

    FullCast & Crew

    Produced By:

    • Nick Allan known as producer
    • Charles Melander known as executive producer
    • Ken Schwenker known as co-producer
    • Mark Sonoda known as producer

    FullCast & Crew:

    • Jeffrey Combs known as Walston
    • Meghan Ory known as Claire
    • Diane Salinger known as Ms. Darrode
    • Matt Cohen known as Rudy
    • Shelly Cole known as Lily
    • Danso Gordon known as Eldon
    • Ryan Melander known as Bruce
    • Bevin Prince known as Ariel
    • Erin Cummings known as Paula
    • Ian Reed Kesler known as Reed
    • Meghan Maureen McDonough known as Samantha
    • Scott Whyte known as Moreton
    • Angela Gots known as Tammy
    • Michael Copon known as Greg
    • Michael Albala known as Harris
    • Time Winters known as Caldecote
    • Terrell Tilford known as Det. Williams
    • Don Stark known as Det. Gorog
    • Tim Snay known as Dr. Freeman
    • Tara McNamara known as News Reporter
    • James Ryen known as Officer Jamison
    • Tom Gulager known as Mad Scientist
    • Kayla Gwyneth Morrisey known as Hanging Head #1 (as Kayla Morrisey)
    • Felix Vicious known as Hanging Head #2
    • Stephen Walter known as Whimpering Man / Executioner (as Steve Walter)
    • R.A. Mihailoff known as Brutal Butcher
    • Austin Grehan known as Corpse Fog
    • Natalie Marie known as Deadly Corpse Fog
    • Gabriel Rissa known as Evil Clown (as Amirali Raissnia)
    • Tom Druilhet known as Templar Knight
    • Kyle Williams known as Undead Soldier
    • Gillian Foreman known as Fingernail Wraith
    • Brandon Keane known as Hideous Zombie #1
    • Jeromy Thorsen known as Hideous Zombie #2
    • Ryan Turek known as Hideous Zombie #3
    • Veronica Bennett known as Suicide Vampire Girl #1
    • Mary Morales known as Suicide Vampire Girl #2
    • Nina Xining Zuo known as Suicide Vampire Girl #3 (as Nina Zuo)
    • Ameona Almund known as Suicide Vampire Girl #4
    • Andrea VanEpps known as Suicide Vampire Girl #5
    • Jade Brandais known as Witch #1
    • Ariauna Albright known as Witch #2
    • Jane Dillis known as Witch #3
    • Lauren Carter known as Witch #4
    • Natalie Sutherland known as Witch #5
    • Scott Silbor known as Flesh Hungry Zombie #1
    • Johnny Giacalone known as Fleash Hungry Zombie #2
    • Andy White known as Flesh Hungry Zombie #3
    • Michael Gaglio known as Head Crusher Victim (as Mike Gaglio)
    • Kathryn Weisbeck known as Woman on Rack
    • Cruz Chung known as Water Torture Victim
    • Kami Norton known as Female Detective
    • Michael Mori known as Male Detective (as Mike Mori)
    • Carey A. Campbell known as Forensic Photographer #1
    • Ken Schwenker known as Forensic Photographer #2 (as Kenneth Schwenker)
    • Charles Melander known as Forensic Photographer #3
    • David Masters known as Acid Test Subject
    • Haley Pullos known as Brunette Girl
    • Annalise Basso known as Red Headed Girl
    • Natalie Combs known as Blonde Girl
    • Courtney Robinson known as Young Claire
    • Quinton Lopez known as Andy
    • Mia Pollini known as Brenda
    • Brenda Luna known as Cindy
    • Jordan Boggess known as Kevin
    • Garrett Ryan known as Mark
    • Mathew Melander known as Rusty (as Matt Melander)
    • Scotty Noyd Jr. known as Spike
    • Richard Chaves known as Officer Jones
    • Michael Lovern known as Plant Man (uncredited)

    ..

     

    Supporting Department

    Makeup Department:
    • Megan Areford known as special effects makeup supervisor
    • Katherine Broderick known as makeup artist
    • Shannon Dollison known as key makeup artist
    • Lauren Ernsdorf known as hair stylist
    • Kevin Kirkpatrick known as special makeup effects artist
    • Otto Marlow III known as special makeup effects artist

    Art Department:

    • Pedro Aguilera known as set dresser
    • Amal Marie Alan known as art department assistant
    • Ben Brenner known as set dresser
    • Joseph Myles Edelson known as property master
    • Jennifer Fulmer known as assistant scenic painter
    • Brendan Keane known as assistant scenic painter
    • Krystyna Loboda known as lead scenic artist
    • Krystyna Loboda known as set designer
    • Matt Muschamp known as art swing (as Moose)
    • Jorge Rodriguez known as lead swing
    • Kevin Senior known as on-set dresser
    • Armando Torres known as buyer
    • Vanessa Velez Boswell known as set dresser

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    Company

    Production Companies:

    • Fatal Frame Pictures
    • Red Shogun Pictures (RSP)

    Other Companies:

    • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera cranes
    • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera dollies
    • Fresh Farm Films  trailers
    • Juniper Post  post-production sound services
    • L.A. Digital Post  post-production

    Distributors:

    • Lightning Media (II) (2010) (USA) (all media)

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    Other Stuff

    Visual Effects by:
    • Michael F. Hoover known as 3D animation supervisor
    • Al Magliochetti known as visual effects supervisor

    Release Date:

    • USA 19 April 2009 (Fangoria's Weekend of Horrors)
    • USA 30 July 2010 (limited)
    • USA 6 August 2010 (Video On Demand)
    • USA 28 September 2010 (DVD premiere)
    • Japan 27 May 2011 (DVD premiere)

    MPAA: Rated R for horror violence and gore, language and brief nudity

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    Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database


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    Posted on March 30, 2012 by Harry in Movies | Tags: , , .

    8 Comments

    1. JoeB131 from United States
      30 Mar 2012, 1:36 pm

      This was shot on a budget and looks pretty good, but overall, thenarrative made no sense.

      The plot is that there was a famous murder by a religious fanaticfoster care provider who beat her charges while quoting scripture tothem. When they rebelled, she killed all of them. A neighborhood kidwas a witness.

      Flash forward… a woman had nightmares related to the house, and ahaunted house profiteer sets up a complex haunted house with state ofthe art holograms. We discover that she is not the girl who found thehouse, but the house's sole survivor.

      Overall, though, the movie is tame. Most of the kills (those involvingwomen and children) are done in cutaway. And the twist comes about amile off. The ending is ambiguous. Who killed everyone, anyway? Whocares.

      Jeffrey Combs tries to inflate this into something better than theaverage dead teenager flick, but the whole notion of "You didn't reallysee holograms/ghosts killing people, it was the crazy chick all along"ending just didn't make sense.

      Just dropped this from a 5 to a 3 just thinking about the plot illogic.First, that a kid who survived such a horror wouldn't be CLOSELYmonitored and watched by authorities. Or that the building would beleft standing. (Sorry, usually when a mass murder happens, they TEARDOWN the building, and rightfully so.)

      The expendable black guy(TM) stumbling around for a few minutes afterbeing decapitated was just silly.

    2. Ruth Noakes from United Kingdom
      30 Mar 2012, 1:36 pm

      Reading some of the positive reviews that Dark House has received makesme wonder if there is something wrong with me, but then I remember: no,there is something wrong with this film.

      I have always been a horror buff, so I forgive the inevitable clichémoments that are trademark to the genre. But I just found this film tobe absolutely hollow. I was hoping for a fun spooky journey, butinstead was served: shockingly bad acting (on some of their parts, notall), and a completely predictable, bland storyline. It felt like theequivalent of the not- funny uncle at a family reunion tryingdesperately to make everyone laugh; only in this case the aim was toscare.

      By nature I am quite jumpy, even the sound of the toast popping out ofthe toaster can make me jump out of my skin. But I can honestly say Idid not even flinch, and was bored to the point of comatose. I like itwhen horror movies look mildly makeshift or amateur, or have a grungymisguided feel, as it can make them more genuine and edgy; but thisjust looked like something pieced together by a bunch of pretentiousfilm students assigned a last-minute project. Without adding anyspoilers, all I can say is that the transitions, layering of footage,and the embarrassing fonts flashing up for the hologram error were likesomething a first- time filmmaker would put together in paint shop ormovie-maker.

      It's just a shame that with the advancements that have been made in thefilm industry, the visuals or atmosphere could not even compensate forthe lack of storyline. I've seen films on much lower budgets, and madeback in the day where there were no technical advantages, irrefutablybetter than this waste of time. I couldn't even laugh at it.

    3. Scarecrow-88 from United States
      30 Mar 2012, 1:36 pm

      Jeffrey Combs' Walston Rey is an enthusiastic owner of haunted houseattractions, preparing for his biggest and best yet, the old Darrodeestate notorious for a massacre of orphans at the hands of their denmother. Claire(Meghan Ory)is the lone survivor of that massacre and hermemories of that awful day are buried within her mind..encouraged byher therapist, Claire will coerce the students of her acting class toaccept Rey's job offers to work in various roles in his new spookhouse, leading patrons through his "maze of horrors" utilizing state ofthe art digital holograph technology( a sort of Illusion system)toscare them. What none of them could ever imagine is that the evilspirit of Janet Darrode(Diane Salinger)would corrupt the computerprogram using holographic killers as tools to murder and maim. Thereason behind the slaughter, that great mystery, will become known onceit is unlocked in Claire's mind. Ms. Darrode, we come to find outthrough snippets of memory which return to Claire as she spends time inthe house, was a religious fanatic who whipped her children repeatedlywhile they quoted verse, believing them to be demon possessed. Claire,in a sense, is the one "who got away" and it seems that Janet wants toclaim one final soul so she can be "acquitted" for failing to finishthe job. In this movie we are led to believe that holographic killerscan gain enough physical essence to attack real human beings thanks toJanet's infecting the programming which brought them to life..a bit toosilly and far fetched for me personally, although there's an ending(atwist, I guess)that questions everything we witnessed take place oncethe doors and windows were locked shut and Ms. Darrode started up thekilling spree. Other victims to emerge include two journalists who willwrite articles on the house, critiquing how effective it is(learningfirst hand)and Rey's haunted house crew. The gore which does appear onscreen, is mostly digital, a head taken off with a fountain squirtingblood upward like a geyser and long fingernails impaling another. Combsunderstands his character is a ham and approaches him that way, amusingin his speeches to his employees about fear and the audience.

    4. aloysius_predato from United States
      30 Mar 2012, 1:36 pm

      It was a nice idea, and the little twist at the end was a nice touch.However, I could not get past how morosely less than evenone-dimensional the characters were, and how laughably rote,non-creative and cliché-ridden the dialogue was during this movie.

      The bare outline of the story is intriguing, but the script really wasterrible. The acting was either waaaaaaay overdone or shifted frombeing overdone to underdone and back again. Now, I can forgive suchthings if the proper atmosphere, suspense and effects are plausiblyincluded. This was not the case with 'Dark House'. I am of the oldschool, and would rather see authentic make-up and gore effects. Icannot stand CGI effects that look worse than a Playstation 1 game. Tothis film's credit, it does mix both; however, the absurd CGI effectsdetracted from this film big-time in my mind.

      Skip this one, it isn't so bad it's funny, the death and gore is veryaverage, the 'brief nudity' (if that's your bag) is CGI, and the 'DarkHouse' looks just like a normal suburban house. It's not what it claimsto be or what you think it might be. It's nothing special.

    5. lorettathome-1 from Canada
      30 Mar 2012, 1:36 pm

      This movie took a good first 5 minutes then lost me completely untilthe last 5 minutes, so 70 of the 80 some minutes of this movie were atotal waste of my time…. If I were a teen who still went for the overthe top kiddy scare stuff, then I may have liked it all the waythrough. Oddly this movie felt like 2 different movies made into one,the first few moments and the last were one movie, the middle a totallydifferent movie all together, if they would have taken out the middleand done something totally different than they did, I may have likedthis movie a lot.

      For adults who like real horror movies, not special effect no mindentertainment… I give this a 1 in 5 stars. For a teen who stillscares easily and isn't much into it making sense, I give this a 3 in 5stars.

    6. thinker1691 from USA
      30 Mar 2012, 1:36 pm

      This movie is a surprisingly good Horror story. To insure it, we havethe master of terror Jeffery Combs. It tells the tale of a housewherein a caretaker has in her charge a group of impressible children.However the caretaker goes berserk and believes her tiny wards havesomehow become demons and are out to dam her to hell. Before they do,she murders all of them and then commits suicide. However one of thechildren survives, but not without suffering a deep trauma. Herpsychiatrist, tells her that in order to exorcise her demons, she mustrevisit the house where the gruesome murders took place. At the sametime an impresario, (Jeffery Combs) seeking to create the ultimateHaunted House, leases the nightmarish resident, hires a group of actorsto staff his house of horrors with state-of-the-arts holographs visualeffects and to scare the daylights out of his visitors. What he failsto count on is the evil resident Ghosts and spirits which produce reallife terrors of their own. What follows is a genuine blood bath and onewhich is guaranteed to scare the wits of any and all. What begins as agame, results in a great movie for Jeffery Combs fans. Exceptionalacting and good special effects will make this film another milestonein his already impressive career. Recommended to any and all horrorfilm addicts. ****

    7. JamesChaos1986 from United Kingdom
      30 Mar 2012, 1:36 pm

      **Contains Spoilers**

      This Film has all of the modern horror cliché's in abundance.

      Slightly disturbed heroine you know isn't going to die: Check..

      Dumb but sexy chick you know IS going to die: Check..

      The cocky Jock: Check..

      One Black guy who's a friend of the jock: Check..

      Some sort of poorly acted,lingering love tryst: Check..

      Its almost like one of the 60's hammer horror movies only much muchworse. At least back then they had the excuse of not having properspecial effects, sound quality and were actually original.

      I knew everything that was going to happen before it happened becausethe completely wooden cast couldn't drop an ounce of suspense and shockif there life's depended on it. Notably bad was Diane Salinger whoplays Ms Darrode. She was almost Oinking she was that hammy. If youvalue your ears, mute the TV every time shes on screen because all shedoes is scream in such a tone, it would peel the enamel from yourteeth! If you value your eyes, don't watch this film at all.

      To sum things up, this film is completely Pony. Seems like it goes onforever in a repeat sequence of the same gory deaths we have seen somany times before in horrors before this.

    8. scottmannen1 from Canada
      30 Mar 2012, 1:36 pm

      Wow, most of the time when you watch some of these horror movies youexpect to see crap. Thats what I was expecting when I watched this, butamazing this was definitely a hidden gem! Fantastic horror movie,decent acting, good story and direction. I mean its not an Oscarwinning movie, but for the genre, you cant ask for anything better! Iwould recommend this movie to any horror buff! This movie reminded me alittle bit of house on haunted hill. 10 people trapped in a horrorbuffs 'scare house'. The movie starts with a fright, and doesn't let upuntil the end!

      It was VERY scary and to be extra freaked out I would suggest watchingthis in the dark….if you dare! Enjoy this gem!

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