The Dark (2018)

Striking adolescent horror film which comes at a tired narrative from a curious new angle. It engages with plenty of upsetting ideas and the visual of an undead girl paired with an abused boy is the stuff of dark, twisted fairy tales. The film doesn’t skimp on its violence either. It’s tough and bracing, only hampered by some un-convincing make-up effects and just-about-good-enough performances of the young leads. Another sad melancholic horror about the ripples of past trauma, clearly echoes of early del Toro but never quite reaches that level.

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