Alone in the Dark

January 28th, 2005


Alone in the Dark

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Based on the video game, Alone in the Dark focuses on Edward Carnby, a detective of the paranormal, who slowly unravels a mysterious events with deadly results.

Release Year: 2005

Rating: 2.3/10 (29,845 voted)

Critic's Score: 9/100

Director: Uwe Boll

Stars: Christian Slater, Tara Reid, Stephen Dorff

Edward Carnby, detective of the paranormal, unexplained and supernatural, investigates a mystery (the recent death of a friend) with clues leading to "Shadow Island" that brings him face to face with bizarre horrors that prove both psychologically disturbing and lethal, as he discovers that evil demons worshiped by an ancient culture called the Abskani are planning on coming back to life in the 21st century to once again take over the world... and only he and a young genius anthropologist with an incredible memory (and his ex-girlfriend), Aline Cedrac, stand in their way, at a gateway to hell. Standing in Carnby's way, however, is the impact that a brief encounter with an evil spirit called the Queen had upon his mind, as he slowly finds himself overpowered by the forces of darkness as they eat away at his very sanity...

Writers: Elan Mastai, Michael Roesch

Christian Slater - Edward Carnby
Tara Reid - Aline Cedrac
Stephen Dorff - Cmdr. Richard Burke
Frank C. Turner - Sam Fischer
Matthew Walker - Prof. Lionel Hudgens
Will Sanderson - Agent Miles
Mark Acheson - Captain Chernick (as Mark Atcheson)
Darren Shahlavi - John Dillon
Karin Konoval - Sister Clara
Craig Bruhnanski - 80's Sheriff (as Craig Brunanski)
Kwesi Ameyaw - Deputy Adams
Dustyn Arthurs - Young Edward
Catherine Lough Haggquist - Krash
Ed Anders - James Pinkerton
Brad Turner - Beat Cop

Taglines: Can mankind defeat the army of darkness unleashed by an ancient evil cult?


Official Website: Lions Gate Entertainment [United States] |

Release Date: 28 January 2005

Filming Locations: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Box Office Details

Budget: $20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $2,834,421 (USA) (30 January 2005) (2124 Screens)

Gross: $5,178,569 (USA)

Technical Specs

Runtime: USA:  | Argentina:

Did You Know?

Based on the video game series.

Continuity: When Carnby yells to Burke and then fires a shot to shoot a "zombie" coming behind Burke, all bullets are made visible with light. You clearly see the shot firing off way past Burke's head at high on the wall behind him, even leaving a puff of smoke.

[first lines]
Prof. Lionel Hudgens: [narrating] In 1967, mine workers discovered the first remnants of a long lost Native American civilization - The Abkani. The Abkani believed that there are two worlds on this planet, a world of light and a world of darkness. 10,000 years ago the Abkani opened a gate between these worlds...

User Review

shockingly bad

Rating: 2/10

I was honestly surprised by Alone in the Dark. It was so bad, I could hardly believe what I was seeing. There are no characters, just a few stereotypes wandering around and getting killed. The extent of the character development was giving each character a name and an occupation, and that's about it. There was no real plot, and none of the characters seemed to have any motivation. In fact, many action scenes just began on their own, coming from nowhere with a pounding techno track. While I was watching this movie I kept asking "Where is this happening? What's going on?" The acting was high school drama quality, with stiff wooden delivery, as though the actors were reading from cue cards without comprehending their lines. Their trouble delivering lines was made even more obvious by horrible sound design. ADR sounded like it was recorded in an open room. The actors were constantly taking obvious care to hit their marks, looking almost robotic in their movements. So, these listless automatons are whisked through a series of implausible and confusing scenarios, often without even the benefit of transition scenes. They were here, now they're there. This was happening, now that's happening. Random scenes with little rhyme or reason. I had a lot of fun watching it. Definitely not worth nine bucks though.


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