A tent in the mountains, in the middle of nowhere. It was supposed to be a romantic weekend in the wild. But when darkness fell, it became a nightmare. They were not alone
The Darkest is a film about relationships, one which takes the subject to a pretty dark place (puns are fun). The element of darkness itself is used very well, with some parts being so creepy that I had to watch through my fingers - yes, I am a chickenshit. The fantastic sound design and score didn't help either, with crisp effects coming through, along with very clean dialogue audio; this for me, was the highlight of this film.
Claire Suchet who played Celine did a fantastic job with her acting - down to her body and facial language. On the contrary, I do feel that Valentin Bonhomme could’ve done a better job. His character was very flat and somewhat annoying, and was generally a hard character to like, even though it felt like they wanted him to be the opposite in the film. Having that said, overall this film was very enjoyable and I appreciated the little twists and turns sprinkled throughout. Let’s just say I’ll be keeping an eye out on Robin Entreinger’s & Guillaume Levil’s future films.
The best way to describe Robin Entreinger and Guillaume Levil's tightly wound horror film is - less is more. GIven the low budget, the decision was wisely made to leave a lot of the scares to the imagination of the audience (and what better manufacturer of visual nightmare, than the human mind). The story is fairly thin, but does touch on some pseudo-science existentialism stuff about alternate realities and dimensions, all of which do get threaded into the film's narrative (even being responsible for some of the few showy horror moments towards the end), but ultimately it's the atmosphere and tension that do the trick. The former coming by way of the degrading relationship between the film's leads which, kinda-sorta takes away some of the logic of the trip in the first place. I mean, if I'm in as shitty a place with my wife as Christophe is with his, I'm not sure I'd want to jump straight into "lets go on a secluded getaway" from the point of "at least she doesn't call me stupid". A minor nitpick that mostly fades away once the creepy ass noises and crying babies begin to show up. Make sure you watch this one with the lights off.
The build up of the characters is probably what makes the story and script so strong. The idea behind the story was also very good, and rather unexpected. The two main characters did a good job because they seemed like real human beings with genuine emotions, so that when things started to happen, everything got intensified because I cared about them. My only complaint would be that it was sometimes a bit too dark, making it hard to see what was going on. But other than that, a solid film with a strong story, good acting, and an intriguing approach to the horror genre.