Just because a movie has an exciting poster doesn’t mean it’s going to be good. Darkness Rising (2017) that looks good on the surface with a poster that caught my attention, too bad it didn’t hold my interest; it wasn’t like I had anything else to do on a Sunday.

Darkness Rising

It had creepy moments like the hand in the shower, and the doll’s eyes moving, but these weren’t enough to keep me from drifting off as I watched. Speaking of the doll, its empty eye sockets bled at one point, which was cool, but I don’t understand where it fits in with everything else.

Jake losing his eye was a nice touch as was the girl bleaching her eyes, but why the dark eyes? It wasn’t original, and the only reason for it was the attempt to convey possession. There were so many random elements in this film, it was like they were going along, and someone said, ‘Hey why don’t we do this?’ and everyone shrugged because they didn’t have a better idea, and they went with it.

Something that irritated me was the set. It supposedly sat empty for twenty-five year, yet, there wasn’t a cobweb or layer of dust on anything. And why exactly were they there? To get mementos? And the most significant bit of confusion for me was the opening and closing scenes, and the connection to the rest of the film. I would’ve liked to see more of the girl and her father and know what they saw than what I saw.

2 Stars

I give Darkness Rising 2 out of 5 Stars.

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