Nov 182017
 

Darkness Rising was an all around bad experience and normally I’d say this kind of movie would make for a fun time MST3K-ing with friends, but there’s really not enough there to make fun of.

 

 

Darkness Rising
(2017)

Genre(s): Supernatural Horror
Shout Factory/IFC | NR – 81 min. – $22.97 | November 7, 2017

Date Published: 11/18/2017 | Author: The Movieman

 


MOVIE INFO:
Directed by: Austin Reading
Writer(s): Vikram Weet (written by)
Cast: Tara Holt, Bryce Johnson, Katrina Law, Ted Raimi
DISC INFO:
Features: Trailer
Digital Copy: No
Formats Included: Blu-ray
Number of Discs: 1
Audio: English (DTS-HD MA 5.1)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 1.78
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
Disc Size: NA
Codecs: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A

 


THE MOVIE — 0.5/5


Plot Synopsis: A house’s horrifying secrets are resurrected in Darkness Rising. For years, Madison (TARA HOLT) has been tormented by her memories of a traumatic incident: the murder of her younger sister at the hands of their own mother. Joined by her fiancé (BRYCE JOHNSON) and cousin (KATRINA LAW), Madison returns to her childhood home just before it’s slated to be demolished. Seeking closure, the trio instead find themselves pursued by the same malevolent, supernatural presence that drove Madison’s mother, and previous homeowners, to unthinkable violence.

Quick Hit Review: Darkness Rising (intelligence falling) was an all-around terrible supernatural-horror film. Not only was the writing pretty bad — hell, there’s even a timely Dexter reference — and features a muddled, messy, plot, but the stilted performances from this cast didn’t help matters. The only positive I can say is at least Tara Holt and Katrina Law were easy on the eyes… so to speak. Even though the film is less than 80-minutes long, even less so without credits, it felt like an eternity to sit through. Just skip this turkey.

 

SPECIAL FEATURES – 0.5/5


Trailer (1:55; HD)

 


VIDEO – 4.5/5, AUDIO – 3.75/5


Shout Factory releases Darkness Rising onto Blu-ray presented with a 1.78 widescreen aspect ratio and given a 1080p high-definition transfer. Although the majority of the film takes place at night and within a dark home, the film does look good with sharp detail and when there is light, some okay color shines through.

The disc comes with a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track which I found serviceable but hardly dynamic. At the very least, dialogue did comes through the center speakers while there was some modest audio from the rear channels like ambient (“spooky” house noises) sounds.


OVERALL – 2.5/5


Overall, Darkness Rising was an all around bad experience and normally I’d say this kind of movie would make for a fun time MST3K-ing with friends, but there’s really not enough there to make fun of. The Blu-ray is a basic release with only a trailer though the video and audio transfers weren’t half bad.

 

 

 

 

Check out some more 1080p screen caps by going to page 2. Please note, these do contain spoilers.

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