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Alone in the Dark (2005)

A detective of the paranormal slowly unravels mysterious events with deadly results.


Alone in the Dark is widely regarded as one of the worst horror movies ever made, and while it's not exactly good, it really isn't that bad. It really is the poster-child of the trend to say that something is the worst thing ever. At the time of writing, a number of people are listing off good and bad releases from 2019, and the amount of people saying that Hereditary is one of the worst horror films they had ever seen is astounding. Now, if that's true, then you really haven't seen a lot of films, and perhaps shouldn't be making such sweeping statements. I mean, go and watch 2006's The Raven, and then tell me that Hereditary is a bad film.

I feel like I'm ranting.

What was I talking about? Ah, yes. Okay, the plot of Alone in the Dark is so-so. It's a fine idea but probably too convoluted. The writers don't have much of a track record, and it's legendary director probably paid a couple of his chums to write it. It's not directed particularly well by Uwe Boll, but, honestly, it's not that bad either. Star, Christian Slater was riding a dying wave at this point in his career, but is his usual watchable self, and Stephen Dorff is as good as he has ever been here. Which is about all you can say for Tara Reid as well. By far the worse aspect of the film, and a weighty drag on it too. Not that her character is well rounded.

All in, it's not an unwatchable action, horror. It may have bastardized the source material, but I didn't play it. There's better, sure, but there's also worse.

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