- 1 hr 33 min
Based loosely on the 1994 novel Sheep by Simon Maginn, The Dark is a horror film released in 2005. It focuses on the story of a woman named Adele (played by Maria Bello) as she tries desperately to save her daughter from a supernatural event involving Annwyn - a land of the dead from traditional Welsh mythology. This movie runs for 93 minutes and is rated R for some violence, disturbing or strange themes, and potentially offensive religious visuals. There is also some language that might be considered unfriendly. The novel Sheep focuses on a young family moving to rural Wales and renovating a farmhouse there as they try to forget about the drowning death of their daughter Ruthie. During that time they experience the results of a series of terrible mutilations inflicted on the sheep by an unknown perpetrator. The only tie between this summary and the movie is the setting of Wales, the drowning of a daughter, and a farmhouse in the middle of no where. In the film Adele is visiting Wales to see her husband James who is played by Sean Bean. Hoping to fix her relationship with daughter Sarah she invites her to look around the area. They approach a strange memorial on the side of the cliff which appears to be missing a plate and has the name Annwyn marked upon it. Annwyn is revealed to be a sort of afterlife in the Welsh tradition by the groundskeeper. Shortly thereafter Sarah vanishes on the beach and in her place is Ebrill or April a little girl who appears to have died over 60 years ago. Her father was a local fanatic who convinced his followers to commit mass suicide in this same location. Adele feels a strange darkness from the child and as she learns more becomes to determined to fixed what has gone wrong and save her daughter.