The Horror Honeys: We All Carry Our Ghosts With Us

We All Carry Our Ghosts With Us

A Revenge Honey Review

The Dark Hours (2005)

The Dark Hours, directed by Paul Fox, is one of those movies that I put on with absolutely no expectations, and perhaps that is why I was more than a little surprised at how much I enjoyed it. Basic plot is as follows: A psychiatrist (Kate Greenhouse) with a brain tumor decides to get away for the weekend with her husband (Gordon Currie) and her sister (Iris Graham), with the intention of informing them that her tumor is growing. While there, a patient of hers' who just happens to be a violent sexual offender (Aidan Devine) shows up at the cabin getaway with his protege (Dov Tiefenbach) with the intention of getting some revenge on the doc for shit she pulled on him while he was in the nuthatch. An evening of sadistic games are played with the doctor and her family at the mercy of the two wackos: secrets are revealed, clothing is removed, and fingers are severed in excruciatingly realistic detail.

Revenge Honey Bone of Contention: Listen, I understand that killing pets is quick way to get a visceral reaction out of people. I may not like it, but I get it. However, if you are going to make me suffer through it once, DO NOT make me suffer through it twice in the same goddamned movie. Even better, don't make it happen to the same pet, and don't make it look realistic. Even if I like the rest of your movie, I will never forgive you for that shit. Thank you.

Anywhoozles, so much of The Dark Hours felt like it SHOULD be clich√© and yet... it absolutely works. How many times have we seen the "family held hostage in the middle of nowhere at the mercy of a madman" story? How many times have we seen it this year? Go ahead and count. I'll wait...

Exactly. It's been done. But there is still something so utterly unique and strange about this little Canadian gem that you find yourself totally sucked in, despite the knowledge that you've seen this movie before. From my seat, one of the reasons it's an interesting film is that the acting is surprisingly solid given a cast of, "I think I may have seen her somewhere" types. Especially riveting is Aidan Devine as murderer and sexual predator Harlan Pyne. He's terrifying and repellant and yet there is something so intriguing about his character that you know this won't be a run-of-the-mill cat and mouse game.

The Twist: While generally I am loathe to give away an ending, I am also seriously annoyed by spoiler snobs. But, in the interest of harmony and not pissing anyone off, I'm not going to ruin the conclusion. What I WILL say is that, under most circumstances, the twist in this film is one that drives me abso-fucking-lutely insane. However, in this case, it totally works. It's not perfect, and it may not completely line up, but it's brutal and satisfying and genuinely creepy as shit. If you're not squirming during the last ten minutes, you're not human.

The Dark Hours is an odd film, but one that is definitely worth a watch. The acting is good, the story is interesting, and it will invariably hold your attention down to the very last frame. It even earns some extra Revenge Honey respect for not shying away from a seriously vivid scene of mutilation, especially when the rest of the film wasn't exceptionally gory. Kudos, Paul Fox. Kudos.

Stabby Points: 3 1/2 out of 5