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Feb. 26, 2013

"Dark Skies" for the horror genre

by Melissa Arias, Online Entertainment Editor and Caroline Gabriel, Online News Editor
The creators of "Dark Skies" were most likely in the dark when directing this movie. The storyline was predictably unoriginal, the villainous creatures were underdeveloped and the actors were not believable. Overall, what could be taken from this "horror"ible excuse of a movie is that if you're experiencing random breaks in, being possessed, and getting random nosebleeds… it's probably aliens.

Dark Skies

(released February 22, 2013)
Keri Russell played Lacy Barrett in "Dark Skies," the skeptical mother. Courtesy of Indiewire
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Keri Russell played Lacy Barrett in "Dark Skies," the skeptical mother.
The movie begins with a normal suburban family: two parents, two kids and average family issues. All goes wrong when after a series of household break-ins and rearranged household items, the youngest child, Sam Barrett (Kadan Rockett), claims to be contacted by an unwanted visitor in his dreams, the "Sandman." But mother knows best: it must be aliens! Soon after, the mother, Lacy Barrett (Keri Russel), connects the abnormal events to aliens, but her husband, Daniel Barrett (Josh Hamilton), is skeptical about his wife's neurotic conclusions and does not trust her. After he sees the aliens himself, he's "ready to believe!" and they go to Edwin Pollard (J.K. Simmons), the alien expert. In the end, everything the expert proves to be true – surprise, surprise - and the family in shambles.

Although the previews portray it as a horror movie, it's actually quite funny because of how horribly it fails to scare anyone. Kevin Ratner (L.J. Benet), who played Jesse Barrett's (Dakota Goyo) rebellious friend, was the main source of comic relief for the movie. Ratner acted on a whim and did impulsive, stupid things that made the movie even funnier.

Lacy and Daniel Barrett went to see an expert to find out what was happening to them. Courtesy of ctvnews
Lacy and Daniel Barrett went to see an expert to find out what was happening to them.
Not only was the movie unintentionally amusing, but it also copied elements from other well-known horror movies such as "Paranormal Activity," "Insidious" and "The Devil Inside." In stereotypical "Found-Footage" fashion, there are surveillance cameras monitoring the house, children being possessed by demonic creatures and paranormal experts being brought in halfway through the film. However, even with all of this cliched material, it fails to conjure anything memorable. However, there was some realism in the emotional development of the family, as they united in times of despair.

The movie was not as good as other horror movies, but it wasn’t all bad. One of the highlights of the movie came from a small part-- the cop. The cop did not believe the family when they reported these events and he added intentional comedic relief. The soundtrack for the movie fit perfectly with the plot, the only downside was that it was very predictable.

Overall, this is a great movie to take easily-scared tweens to, or if you’re like us--a great movie to watch and laugh and criticize.

"Dark Skies" is rated PG-13 for violence, terror throughout, sexual material, drug content and language - all involving teens. Now playing at theaters everywhere.

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  • tru. on February 28, 2013 at 12:45 PM
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