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October of Horror #11: The Darkest Hour (2011)

Posted by Trixter on October 11, 2018

(For an explanation of what these posts in October are, see the parent post.)

Synopsis

Young adults vacationing in Moscow are attacked by invisible alien beings who attack via violent storms of electricity.  They can be also be detected using electricity, but is it enough to stop them?

Opinion

One of the better lower-budget ($30 million) international offerings from the last decade, with astonishingly good digital effects.  There is a reasonable amount of tension, and the deaths at the hands of the beings is well-animated and always stays shocking (pun intended).  While none of the actors particularly stand out (sorry Emile Hirsch), they deliver a good performance.

The film has a few sections that flesh out the story and relationships, but they feel like padding to stretch out the length.

Recommendation

I liked it.  If you can view this in 1080p, do so, since the digital effects are great for 2011.  And if you get bored, just skip forward 30 seconds and that should get things back on track.

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