Out of the Dark (2015)
Starring Julia Stiles, Scott Speedman, Stephen Rea, and Pixie Davies
Directed by Lluís Quilez
***This film is currently streaming on Netflix***
When Sarah and Paul Harriman (Stiles and Speedman) head to Colombia for a new job working at the manufacturing plant founded and headed by Sarah's father (Rea), they're expecting a refreshing change of pace from their everyday life. However, their daughter Hannah (Pixie Davis) begins to start acting odd and the Harrimans soon realize that their house may very well be haunted by ghosts of Colombian children.
Sounds generic enough, right? I could deal with generic. The problem here is that director Lluís Quilez has crafted a film that is so utterly dark that I found myself literally unable to see what was going on in the film's purported "horror" moments. That's a huge issue particularly in a horror film that gains its suspense from jump scares rather than a build-up of tension. It doesn't help matters that the screenplay attempts to shoehorn environmental awareness into the plot to levels of epic failure. With the actors left squandering in a listless and lifeless plot, Out of the Dark is truly one of the worst films of 2015.
The RyMickey Rating: D-