DARKNESS is the ultimate in low-budget Horror. It is one of the rare films that truly captures the look and feel of the Grindhouse era in the post-1980s. Leif Jonker is not only responsible for the conception and writing, but he also served as the film's cinematographer, editor, director, composer, and special effects coordinator. Though it looks like it was filmed on mom and dad's video recorder, Leif's creative camera work and superior sound FX help add a touch of professionalism to an otherwise amateur effort. The crude film stock only adds to the visual appeal and vintage appearance. While the acting is rough around the edges, it is much better than expected from what is likely a collection of the director's friends and family members. Jonker successfully creates a world overrun by vampires with an enormous scale on an impossible budget. What the film lacks in writing and character development, is more than makes up for in mood, atmosphere, and aesthetic. The greatest strength above all else lies in the incredible gore and special FX, which create a spectacularly bloody mess that offers some of the best gore make-up outside of the mainstream Horror industry in the early 90s. DARKNESS' biggest failing on the other hand is in the lack of linear structure, since much of the time is spent bouncing around between characters during the widespread vampire epidemic. What it comes down to is this: the film is fucking bad-ass. It is a prime example of zero-budget Horror done right, and is one of the greatest Indie Horror/Gore finds since THE CONVENT or PLAGA ZOMBIE. DARKNESS comes highly recommended to any splatter fans!
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