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Dark Reality (2006)

In a cold, bare and non-descript basement, a different kind of journey begins for her. One filled with drugs, physical torture and psychological terror. It's about what really goes on, behind those haunting photographs of "missing girls".

Director:

Christopher Hutson

Writers:

Christopher Hutson, Chris Kazmier (additional story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Alisha Seaton ... Carey Andrews
Laila Dagher Laila Dagher ... Kim
Arthur Bullock Arthur Bullock ... Newton
Jen Parker ... Susan / Dead Girl
Eva Derrek ... Leonie
Rachel Oliva Rachel Oliva ... Sandy
Carol Axler Turner ... Angela
Melanie Dupuy Melanie Dupuy ... Carey's Friend #1
Heidi Hutson Heidi Hutson ... Carey's Friend #2
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
David Blue ... Carey's Boyfriend (scenes deleted)
H. Lauren Hutson H. Lauren Hutson ... Carey's Sister
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Storyline

Carey was all set for the adventure of a lifetime, but soon after setting out across the wilderness of the European landscape, she awakes in a dark and cold basement; the captive of a tormentor whose blood lust knows no bounds. She isn't alone however, and to survive she must convince the other captives to fight for their lives.

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Taglines:

Five strangers, one thing in common, survival.

Genres:

Horror | Thriller

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 October 2006 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$8,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

FatKid Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Stereo

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Shot as an experimental feature. It was fully improvised and shot in 6 days. This feature was never expected to receive a release. In fact it was a bit of joke around the team that no one would ever see the movie. The director and producers were shocked when it was picked up, and when asked to do a commentary on the DVD, the played it up as if they were seriously loving the feature. When the director was recently asked about the negative reviews, he laughed and said he agreed with them. He hates it as well. See more »

Connections

References The Seven Year Itch (1955) See more »

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Poor Directing Choices
29 October 2006 | by MasterBrockSee all my reviews

I have to start out by saying that the actresses and actor did a fine job for what they worked with. The problem in Dark Reality is you had a poor director who tried so hard to be innovative and evocative he ended up trashing up the film. From start to finish you can tell the film reel quality itself is low, but the poor lightning and shaky camera only hurt it further by obscuring what is going on. The sound is muffled and often times not understandable. I'm sure Huston (the director) would argue this was to induce a state of panic in the audience, but he had more than ample material in which to do it. Having to result to camera and lighting the way he did was a sign of over the top syndrome.

The story is good. A basic sadistic female kidnapper story that avoids cliché by keeping the girl's in a state of despair the whole time for good reason. Billy Bob from Silence of the Lambs treated his victims better than Netwon. The biggest problem with the story is that dead people constantly harass the lead character in her mind, and by the second time they showed up I was fast forwarding as this was attempting to destroy the only decent part of the film.

In the end, the way the director pieced it together showing random blurry things and constant barely viewable scenes (not because of horror, because of the lighting, angles, and camera) ultimately destroyed this film. Huston was obviously trying too hard and if anything it resembled a bad film school project. If you want to see a decent story then it's all right, but be warned the film quality is enough for most to turn it off.


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