"This places takes things from our minds and uses it against us!" That's one of the many surreal lines from IFC/Scream Factory's newest release, Darkness Rising.
Darkness Rising is the story of Madison, a young woman, who as a child watched as her mom brutally murdered her sister, then tried to kill her as well in there old house. Maddie is all grown up now and learns that the old house is about to be demolished. For some reason she wants to go back and see it one last time for a sense of closure. She takes along her fiancee Jake, and his sister Izzy.
Once there they begin to experience the evil inside the house as demonic forces trap them inside. Are these the same evil entity's that possessed Maddie's mom? Of course they are. When one of the spirits reveals itself to be a creepy child things get worse in a hurry. Unable to escape they must confront the evil head on.
Blending Evil Dead, Amityville, Cujo, and more the film moves along at a fast pace dropping jump scares at a rapid rate. The addition of the killer dogs keeping Maddie and her friends inside is a nice touch to say the least.
Enough blood for the gorehounds out there, picture the drinking and dowsing of bleach, and more than enough jump scares for the paranormal crowd, Darkness Rising is a crowd pleaser to say the least.
Presented on a fantastic transfer that the folks at Scream Factory are known for, the terror seems to jump out of the screen. And as Darkness Rising manages to incorporate a few new elements into the haunted house genre this is a good film to add to your collection
Overall 2.5 out of 5 Stars