Alone in the Dark
Alone in the Dark is a 2005 German-Canadian-American science fiction action horror film, very loosely based on Infogrames' popular video game series of the same name (the fourth game to be precise). Directed by Uwe Boll, the film stars Christian Slater as supernatural detective Edward Carnby and Tara Reid as the scientist assisting him. The film was universally panned by both critics and audiences, and was a box office failure. It is often regarded as one of the worst films ever made. Despite the film's critical and commercial failure, a 2008 sequel was produced, Alone in the Dark II, directed by Michael Roesch and Peter Scheerer.
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 worshipped 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. 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. It's up to him to stop an invasion of the Alien-like demonic creatures who are pouring through a portal opened by the Abkani artifacts.
Why It Sucks
- Overly long introduction; this was mandated by the executives who felt that the movie's plot was too confusing.
- Overuse of narration.
- Extremely poor grasp of the source material. So much so, that the movie is said to have almost nothing to do with the games.
- The film is action-packed even though the game is mainly mystery and suspense.
- Awful, excruciatingly painful acting.
- Numerous plotholes.
- Pointless scenes that add absolutely nothing to the plot or character development or anything worthwhile. They’re painful, poorly acted, and stupid.
- The monsters in the movie are blatant Alien ripoffs. Boll himself flat-out called the monsters "xenomorphs" in the commentary.
- Really bad CGI effects on the monsters and other things, such as bullet tracers.
- Lots of editing mistakes. (e.g. When a female soldier is killed by a creature, she moves her head after the crew moves away; and a woman who is being mind controlled is hit by a bullet from Slater's gun, the bullet doesn't even hit her and she acts like she got shot)
- Some of the action scenes are lit and edited so poorly, you can't even see anything.
- Like any other Uwe Boll movie, this also has an awfully-made sex scene, which in this movie's case, uses an inappropriate song about racism.
- It doesn't make sense how the city in the movie was evacuated in one night even though the city has a huge population which would have not taken only one night.
- Laughable special effects.
- In one scene, Edward Carnby says that he protects us from the supernatural; yet he doesn't save the taxi driver who dies while Carnby is fighting a brainwashed person in the beginning of the movie.
- The movie's failure pretty much tarnished Christian Slater's film career.
- The ending is a rip-off of the ending to The Evil Dead.
- Tara Reid is completely miscast as a scientist.
The Only Redeeming Quality
- The poster is actually creepy.
The film was heavily panned by critics, audiences and fans of the series alike. The film currently holds a 1% "rotten" rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 120 reviews and a critical consensus that reads, "Inept on almost every level, Alone in the Dark may not work as a thriller, but it's good for some head-slapping, incredulous laughter." On Metacritic, it has a 9/100 indicating "Overwhelming dislike" and holds a 2.4/10 on IMDb.