Greg McLean in “The Darkness” on Supernatural Horror

Greg McLean’s “The Darkness” Greg McLean's "The Darkness"

Director: Greg  McLean


Shayne Armstrong

Shane Krause

Greg McLean

Release Date: 13th of May 2016

Release Format: Theaters 

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Genre:  Horror, Thriller


A family returns from a Grand Canyon vacation, haunted by an ancient supernatural entity they unknowingly awakened and engages them in a fight for their survival.

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“The Darkness” in itself is a template based on the supernatural construct. Presented are elements shown countless times over in Horror cinema. This is not an original production in any way. In fact, the textbook approach includes the following attributes. The characters are a typical upper-class caucasian family living in suburban America. Stephanie Taylor (portrayed by Lucy Fry) is the common rebellious teen daughter. The slight alteration to this character backstory is her battle with bulimia. Michael Taylor (portrayed by David Mazouz) is autistic and the center of paranormal events.

The mother and father are Jennifer Morrison and Kevin Bacon respectively. Take an educated guess on the relationship between the two parents? If strained is the reply that assumption is correct. There’s an added ingredient to their conflict. This comes in the form of the father’s skepticism and the mother’s open-mindedness on the paranormal. The inclusion is nothing but a generic ingredient to this age-old recipe.

A supernatural element is presented and based on Native American folklore. Really Hollywood? How many times must Horror Enthusiasts endure this stereotypical absurdity?


Kevin Bacon is a veteran in his craft. Bacon’s many portrayals within the Horror, Thriller genres is legendary. Lucy Fry is an upcoming actress in the genre. Fry’s exceptional talent is something to look out for. They are the only attraction to Greg McLean’s “The Darkness” and that is only to a certain extent.


The performances were dull and one dimensional. Kevin Bacon and Lucy Fry were fair in their performances. Bacon and Fry offered the best attempt to strengthen the film. In regards to the rest of the cast. It was only so much they could achieve with the nonsensical script provided.

The central theme mirrors countless supernatural films. The frightening part of this film are the three credited screenwriters. Three creative minds and this is the best offered for Horror cinema? Where is the credit for the referenced material used within this film? “The Darkness” also lifts the “portal in the kid’s room” treatment. This idea is also present in Gil Kenan’s 2015 remake and Gregory Plotkin’s 2015 entry to a dead franchise.

“The Darkness” in its entirety is a disaster of a Horror film. This ninety-minute presentation offers little  genre redefining qualities. If this a form of entertainment suits your palate by all means offer acclaim. If you savor originality in concept Greg McLean’s “The Darkness” is something to avoid.

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