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Izzy asked in Entertainment & MusicMovies · 1 decade ago

What is the name of this 90s Horror Movie?

I can't find the title of this film anywhere, but I believe it's from the late 90s, and filmed in America. I thought the title was "The Dark" but IMDB disagrees :P

The plot is that in the past, a dark ritual was performed at a mansion, where a boarding school was run. One of the teachers/carers at the boarding school killed 6 little boys to try and summon some evil force. However, the final boy ran away, and thus the ritual wasn't completed. In the present time, a family is moving in to that mansion (unsure why).

When they get there, the dad starts going a bit insane, eg. breaking in walls because he thinks there are weevils in there, putting up scary paintings of corpse-like faces, being aggressive etc. The family thinks he is going mad, but what none of them know (including him) is that he is that final boy who got away, and now he is back in the house where he was almost sacrificed. Strange things start happening, and the daughter goes to speak to her Grandpa about why his son (her dad) is being so weird. He drugs her, ties her to a chair and reveals that he is the one who tried to perform that ritual in the past, and that now he will finally be able to complete it, by killing her dad in the house.

The girl somehow gets away, and goes to rescue her family. When she gets there though, things are already pretty messed up. Somehow her dad goes into anaphylaxis, and she has to stick a pen in his throat to let him breathe because it has swollen over. She makes the incision, but when she goes to insert the empty pen to let him breathe, it gets pulled from her hand by an invisible force. He suffocates, and the final death is complete. She has accidentally unleashed the evil force that was brewing in the house.

The evil force possesses her mother, who then tries to attack her, and she desperately tries to escape the house. Finally her boyfriend arrives and says they should escape together, and she gets in his car. Moments later however, her REAL boyfriend arrives at the house. She has just got into the car with an evil being pretending to be him. As they drive away they go under a bridge, where it's dark, and he turns over his shoulder to give her a creepy look (as if to say, 'now you die'). That's where the movie ends.

Sorry this is such a long question but I'm trying to be really specific so as to avoid any confusion over which film I'm talking about. I'm pretty sure it was American, late 90s by the look of it, and quite good! I saw it while I was in Thailand on one of the English-language channels, and I wasn't able to check the TV guide to see what it was, because it was all written in Thai lol. If anybody knows what this movie is I would be really happy- Thanks! :)

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Darkness (2002)

    starring Anna Paquin, Lena Olin, Iain Glen, Giancarlo Giannini

    Wikipedia synopsis:

    Forty years after an unfinished occult ritual resulted in the disappearance of six children, an American family has moved into a never-before inhabited house in Spain. The mother, Maria, wants to get the place in order, while the father, Mark, goes to work, and their children, teenager Regina and her younger brother Paul, try to settle into their daily routines.

    It helps that Mark's doctor father, Albert Rua has furnished them with their residence and is nearby, especially when Mark begins to suffer from some mental breakdown attacks that periodically reoccur. Regina is not only worried about him, but also Paul who is now scared of the dark for the first time. The young boy has reason for that, however, as there seems to be some sort of supernatural force beneath his bed. Furthermore, there are instances when figures of children are seen standing in the shadow and darkness, watching the family.

    As Paul becomes more scared and their father increasingly unstable, Regina eventually figures out it must have something to do with their home where the power is lost everyday. With the help of her new friend, Carlos, the two eventually meet the man, Villalobos, who designed the house, and learn that it was built for a supernatural ritual requiring the sacrifice of seven children (each sacrificed by "hands that love them") to coincide with an eclipse that only occurs every forty years. With the next one quickly approaching, and now armed with the knowledge that the earlier occult ritual needs one more death to be completed, Regina races to make sure that Paul is not the final victim.

    Taking a shortcut through her Grandfather Albert's house, Regina finds out that her grandfather is, in fact, a member of the cult which has been performing these satanic rituals. Her grandfather explains that in the ritual forty years ago, there actually were seven children in the original ritual, the seventh child being none other than Regina's father, Mark. Albert did not sacrifice his son because at the last minute he realized that he did not love Mark. Waiting 40 years he has brought Mark and his family to the house with the intention of making sure Mark is sacrificed during this eclipse by "hands that love him." Armed with this knowledge, Regina races back to her home to find her father in the midst of another nervous breakdown, choking on pills as the eclipse begins. Maria tries to perform a tracheotomy on him, but is unable to bring herself to make the cut. Regina volunteers to, but inadvertently causes his death. Since Regina genuinely loved Mark, the ritual is finally complete. The darkness then takes the form of Regina and Paul, convincing their mother to turn off the lights. The darkness kills Maria, and then takes the form of Regina's friend Carlos, who picks them up in his car. The real Carlos arrives at the house, only to be killed by the darkness. The fake Carlos drives Regina and Paul into a dark tunnel.

    Here's the movie trailer:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ovnCWmCm98g

    NOTE: I decided to paste the entire summary so that you can compare plot points.

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