Between The Darkness
Movie Review by Siobahn Harris
To be honest, when I first watched the trailer for Between the Darkness, I was concerned. I thought it would end up being a horror movie whose fear based solely on the idea of a antagonist. You know what I’m talking about, right? The kind of film that ends with there being no villain, just the protagonist’s inner demons. Thankfully, I was so incredibly wrong. Between the Darkness was such a beautifully dark and mysteriously creepy coming-of-age story.
Here you have a single dad, Roy (played by Lew Temple) who takes his two children, Sprout (played by Nicole Moorea Sherman) and Percy (played by Tate Birchmore) out to a home he calls “Sanctuary”, which I find amusing as he was in The Walking Dead and shortly after he was killed off, the group found a new home in Sanctuary. Anyway! Roy’s main focus is keeping his children safe from the outside world and all they can learn from it. Most importantly, different religious beliefs.
Soon after getting to Sanctuary, Sprout becomes consumed with the idea that there is a monster roaming around the woods outside of their home. She tells her father, but focuses more on how she was dressed, as opposed to what she was saying. Roy is a strict father and seems to work hard at keeping Sprout, on the right path. This is due to his experience with his oldest daughter, Magda (played by Daniela Leon), who passed away.
There are flashes of Magda from time to time, just being a normal girl. Obviously something that’s highly against the family’s beliefs because Roy does everything in his power to stop Sprout from behaving like Magda. You know, dancing, liking boys, showing her belly button, using tampons… yeah, apparently tampons are a no-no in that household! Maybe it’s their phallic shape or maybe it’s because they’re so damn expensive, who knows? Roy is a loon.
The ranger in the area, Stella (played by Danielle Harris) and her son Max (played by Max Page) often visit the family. Roy tells Sprout that Max is there for her brother Percy and she shouldn’t be around him. But let’s face it, she’s a strong-willed woman and he can’t tell her what to do! She and Max go hunting for the monster she has been seeing around the property. Unfortunately, what she finds is much darker than she could have ever imagined.
I really thought I was going to hate this movie, but I didn’t, which. I was excited to see Lew Temple and Danielle Harris, but I really didn’t expect it to be this good.
The dialog was beautifully written, it was so very natural. Stella was so realistic in the way she spoke to the Sprout and how she reacted to Roy. It was beautifully done and something I always strive for in my writing.
Something that disappointed me was Sprout’s real name. Sprout is only a nickname, and Roy has an adorable backstory to how she got it, but we don’t hear her real name until the very end. We know that Roy doesn’t like her real name and prefers to call her by her nickname and we know that Sprout wishes he would use her real name. With all that build up, I was expecting a big reveal, a name that would be relevant to the story or to the family, but nope.
I’m sure you’re probably like, what’s the name? But you’ll have to watch it to find out. I think I have an idea of the meaning, but it just seems like such a vague meaning that I’m second guessing myself. Maybe you will watch it and see a connection that I missed, and if so, please feel free to send me a message or comment telling me what I missed.
You’ll be able to watch Between the Darkness on August 20th on multiple streaming platforms:
Vimeo on Demand
The question on everyone’s minds is, was there True Fear? I can safely say, yes. Between the Darkness was weirdly creepy and kept me guessing about what was going to happen next. Lew Temple was able to pull off creepy so well, which I just loved! Watching him on The Walking Dead, I knew him as a sweetheart. However, seeing him here being oh so creepilicous just shows me how diverse of an actor he really is. He nailed it. This is definitely a movie that any horror fan could fall in love with. Also, this film has minimal blood and zero gore! Therefore, everyone can enjoy it! So it be said.