Alone in the Dark


Alone in the Dark (2005)


Critic Consensus: 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.


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Edward Carnby is a private investigator specializing in unexplainable supernatural phenomena. His cases delve into the dark corners of the world, searching for truth in the occult remnants of ancient civilizations. Now, the greatest mystery of his past is about to become the most dangerous case he has ever faced. With the help of his ex-flame, archeologist Aline Cedrac, and his bitter rival, government agent Richard Burke, Edward Carnby is about to learn that just because you don't believe in something, that doesn't mean it can't kill you.

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Christian Slater
as Edward Carnby
Tara Reid
as Aline Cedrac
Stephen Dorff
as Commander Richards
Mathew Walker
as Professor Hudgens
Matthew Walker
as Professor Hudgens
Will Sanderson
as Agent Miles
Mark Acheson
as Captain Chernick
Karin Konoval
as Sister Clara
Craig Brunanski
as '80s Sheriff
Craig Bruhnanski
as '80s Sheriff
Kwesi Ameyaw
as Deputy Adams
Dustyn Arthurs
as Young Edward
John Fallon
as Agent Yoneck
Ed Anders
as Pinkerton
Robert Bruce
as Crewman Barnes
Brad Turner
as Beat Cop
Daniel Cudmore
as Agent Barr
Mike Dopud
as Agent Turner
Ho Sung Pak
as Agent Marko
Malcom Scott
as Delivery Guy
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Critic Reviews for Alone in the Dark

All Critics (120) | Top Critics (28)

Christian Slater and Stephen Dorff, the reigning princes of Hollywood schlock, join forces in this brain-dead adaptation of a popular video game.

Jan 5, 2007 | Full Review…

Any chance for suspense is thwarted by gratuitous violence, heavy-metal-propelled action sequences and laughably flat dialogue between characters who are barely more developed than in the Atari version.

Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…
Time Out
Top Critic

A violent and incomprehensible piece of gibberish.

Feb 3, 2005
Top Critic

Maybe the only people who can explain this flick's nonsensical plotline are those who squandered their youth mastering the Atari video game on which it's based.

Feb 3, 2005 | Full Review…

The garish editing and stilted, exposition-only dialogue induce the frisson of an America's Most Wanted re-enactment that pays unexpected, sidesplitting returns.

Feb 2, 2005 | Full Review…

When the giant, intelligent bees of the future sift through the ashes of our civilization, they will find Alone in the Dark, and they will understand. It's so bad it's postmodern.

Feb 2, 2005 | Rating: F | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Alone in the Dark

A godawful, incomprehensible schlock that can't make itself understood even with that endless, gigantic text crawl that opens it, and I don't believe no one realized that Tara Reid can't convince as someone who would open the door of a museum, let alone be an archaeologist.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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Directors Cat

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Alone in the Dark is Uwe Boll's worst, if that's even possible. Alone in the Dark is very bad, with bad acting, story and directing. The film stumbles around trying to find a purpose, but it never elevates to anything remotely good or creative. Action scenes are sloppy, too noisy and not well done. Equally bad is Tara Reid. This is a film that fails to hit the mark on so many levels, it's not even possible to salvage even if you'd remove all the crap scenes with Tara Reid. Alone in the Dark is a misguided attempt at creating an action Horror film, and it fails. This is one film that just doesn't deliver. You end up wondering why this film wasf8inanced in the first place and you're astounded at how Boll could pull something like this off. Alone in the Dark is the prime example as to why Video game to screen adaptations are horrible ideas for films, and they rarely work. Alone in the Dark is a poorly made film and you realize that Uwe Boll doesn't care about directing a good film that he's only in the business for the money. His films sell, so there's no reason for him to direct a good film, although he's managed to make three good flick s out of the fifteen or so he's made. This might have been an interesting idea for a film if it would have been handled properly. There were signs of potential, but it quickly became apparent that it was a pure joke fest. Everything that might have been interesting is wasted from the poorly conceived script, which feels rushed, with no heart put into its story to the washed up actors; this film was set to fail right before the cameras were set to roll. Avoid this horror flick, as it a mess from start to finish, and there's nothing good to come out of it aside from the heavy metal soundtrack.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

This is really bad, nothing like the games at all. Has some well known faces and the opening 10mins are pretty good with some cool SFX. After that though it becomes an Aliens rip off that is no where near as good!

Dean King
Dean King

Super Reviewer

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