The Dark Hours Release Date: 11 November 2005 (Canada) Genre: Horror | Sci-Fi | Thriller Director(s): Paul Fox Writer(s): Will Zmak Starring: Kate Greenhouse, Aidan Devine, Gordon Currie The Dark Hours has already been reviewed by seventy or so websites, so to me, there’s not much of a point in reviewing it. I’m a completist, […]

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The Dark Hours
Release Date: 11 November 2005 (Canada)
Genre: Horror | Sci-Fi | Thriller
Director(s): Paul Fox
Writer(s): Will Zmak
Starring: Kate Greenhouse, Aidan Devine, Gordon Currie

The Dark Hours has already been reviewed by seventy or so websites, so to me, there’s not much of a point in reviewing it.

I’m a completist, though, so I just had to get a review out of the way for this welll-made, slightly creepy, Canadian-made horror flick.

Unfriendly wacko-psychiatrist Dr. Samantha Goodman (Greenhouse) decides to escape to an isolated cabin for the weekend with her husband and sister. Things are going relatively well for the trio until a man from Samantha’s past makes his presence felt. After a visit from a seemingly innocent young man by the name of Adrian leads to the group being taken hostage, former patient Harlan Pyne reveals himself as the mastermind behind the event. After so many years of psychiatric treatment Harlan wants to dish out his own brand of mental bettering on Samantha and her companions. Through a series of cruel and brutal games Pyne sees his own plan come to fruition, while the others see their own lives winding down.

Thankfully The Dark Hours exists to do more than show a character taking off a finger with a pair of pliers. It’s a nasty and unapologetically violent horror film, but there’s some substance to it as well. Various issues, which have been dissected in other reviews, are looked at quite poignantly as the film progresses. And unlike most twists, the one that closes Dark Hours is actually pretty cool.

DVD: A decent commentary track with the filmmakers, a making-of that follows one scene from rehearsal to filming, and an alternate ending.

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