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[Review] Dread Comes A-Knocking in Indie Home Invasion Chiller DARK WINDOWS

To the horror enthusiasts eager for a fresh cinematic experience, may I introduce: Dark Windows. Alex Herron (Leave) returns to the director’s chair for his second feature film, crafting a narrative that promises both depth and dread. Fans will recognize the up-and-coming Annie Hamilton, celebrated for her roles in The Wolf of Snow Hollow (2020) and Inventing Anna (2022).

The film’s narrative delves into the lives of four teenagersTilly (Anna Bullard), Monica (Annie Hamilton), Peter (Rory Alexander), and Allison (Grace Binford Sheene). Their youthful journey takes a tragic turn when a car crash claims Allison’s life. The tragedy casts a shadow over Allison’s memorial, where her grieving uncle bitterly confronts the trio, placing the weight of her demise squarely on their shoulders. Seeking refuge from the blame and the engulfing grief, Monica proposes an escape to her grandparents’ summerhouse, nestled in the tranquil countryside. It’s a place where they hope to process the loss and remain secluded until emotions in town settle.

“a narrative that promises both depth and dread”

Visually, Dark Windows captures the haunting contrast between the tranquil landscapes of the Norwegian countryside and the tension-filled, dread-inducing encounters with the mysterious antagonist. Hamilton’s portrayal of Monica shines bright, making fans oscillate between empathy and trepidation. Her performance captures the essence of a character who attracts and unnerves, drawing viewers into an intense emotional dance.

However, what was meant to be a peaceful hiatus quickly spirals into a chilling ordeal. The once serene summerhouse becomes the backdrop of a horrifying game of cat and mouse, orchestrated by a masked menace intent on meting out brutal punishments.

“tension-filled, dread-inducing encounters with the mysterious”

It’s notable that while Herron’s direction seamlessly blends timeless horror motifs with innovative themes, the screenplay emanates from the fresh voice of Wolf Kraft. His inaugural venture may occasionally falter in pacing, yet it showcases potential and a raw passion for the genre.

Dark Windows resonates with the atmospheric unease found in cabin-in-the-woods stalwarts like The Strangers and High Tension. Beyond the surface scares, the film probes deeper, exploring grief’s overwhelming weight and the haunting remnants of toxic relationships.

“Beyond the surface scares, the film probes deeper, exploring grief’s overwhelming weight…”

For those ready to dive into this chilling narrative, it’s essential to embrace the Nordic storytelling approach. Those accustomed to the brisk rhythms of Western horror might need a moment to adjust to its contemplative pace. But it’s this deliberate tempo that amplifies the film’s depth, setting it apart. As you prepare for this haunting journey, remember: the finest horror tales often build gradually, escalating to their terrifying zenith.

Alex Herron’s Dark Windows is in select theatres and On Demand now! Let us know what you thought of this haunting home invasion over on TwitterThreads, or in the Nightmare on Film Street Discord! Not a social media fan? Get more horror delivered straight to your inbox by joining the Neighbourhood Watch Newsletter.



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Dark Windows (2023) Villain Mask
[Review] Dread Comes A-Knocking in Indie Home Invasion Chiller DARK WINDOWS
TL;DR
Dark Windows resonates with the atmospheric unease found in cabin-in-the-woods stalwarts like The Strangers and High Tension. Beyond the surface scares, the film probes deeper, exploring grief's overwhelming weight and the haunting remnants of toxic relationships.
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