Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Dark Skies

15, 2013, Directed by Scott Stewart 
Starring: Keri Russell, Josh Hamilton, Dakota Goyo, JK Simmons

Many may initially scoff at this little-hyped horror upon discovering it’s crafted from the same production house as Paranormal Activity, Insidious and Sinister – all of which have had or are due sequels at one time or another.  However, this scare-attempt - which follows the Barret family as they begin to experience disturbing encounters with a malevolent force - is more successful than you would expect. Racking up the suspense-laden tension, director Scott Stewart deals adeptly with what could potentially be run-of-the-mill fodder; decent performances from the Barret family, led by Keri Russell and Josh Hamilton’s parents, lead to a misplaced cameo from JK Simmons as an extra-terrestrial specialist. Unsettling jumps during memorable scenes, with genuinely spine-tingling portrayals of a factor that has been interpreted in films countless times before (if the picture doesn't give the game away, I refuse to here,) all assist in elevating Dark Skies to being one of those numerous entries into the horror genre you should actually check out.