Alone in the Dark (2005)

1 Overall Score
Story: 1/10
Acting: 1/10
Visuals: 1/10

Not much

Not even so-bad-it-is-good

Movie Info

Movie Name:  Alone in the Dark

Studio:  Boll KG Entertainment

Genre(s):  Horror/Action/Adventure

Release Date(s):  January 28, 2005

MPAA Rating:  R


Guys…acting is hard!

An ancient race is continuing to fight to regain control of the planet.  Living in the darkness, few know of the creatures worshipped by the Abkani or their power, but their existence is known to an agency known to an agency called Bureau 713.  When a casket holding the secrets of the Abkani is discovered by Professor Lionel Hudgens (Matthew Walker), the war steps up to the next level.  A former Bureau 713 member turned paranormal investigator named Edward Carnby (Christian Slater) and his scientist girlfriend Aline Cedrac (Tara Reid) must team with Commander Richard Burke (Stephen Dorff) of the Bureau 713 to stop the evil from escaping once and for all.

Directed by Uwe Boll, Alone in the Dark is an adaptation of the horror video game first released in 1992.  The movie was universally panned and is widely considered one of the worst films ever made.  Bombing at the box office as well, Alone in the Dark was nominated for Razzies for Worst Actress (Tara Reid) and Worst Director.


Destroying the world…one CGI character at a time!

Video game movies always have a bad rep and they generally deserve it…Alone in the Dark is part of the reason that a video game movie will have a hard, hard sell to the public.  Movies like this ruin the chances of any reasonably good video game movie from gaining much ground.

Alone in the Dark is just very, very generic.  The movie’s plot is so garbled and overly complex that the filmmakers were forced to put a long, long monologue at the beginning of the film to try to explain what is going on.  Despite this opening monologue, the movie continues to be hard to follow.

The movie is not aided at all by the cast.  Christian Slater has never really grown as an actor.  He showed a lot of promise when he was young, but he never got any better.  Tara Reid never showed any promise and continues to sleepwalk her way through this movie as well.  I’ve never been a Brad Dourff fan (ok he was fine in The Gate) and he might want to stick to selling eCigarettes.


Nothing says action like an old man with a machine gun!

The movie also looks cheap.  Smartly, the movie is based in darkness (the monsters don’t show up in the light), so the movie allows for the creatures not to be seen much.  When the creatures are seen, the special effects are rather weak and not very scary.

Alone in the Dark is a bad film and not even so-bad-it-is-good.  The movie is dull and lifeless and neither horrific or action packed.  Despite the movie’s massive failing, Alone in the Dark did find a sequel and Alone in the Dark II was released in 2008.

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Author: JPRoscoe View all posts by
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