Dark Skies (2013) Film Review

Posted: January 5, 2015 in Horrendous Horror Movies
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“Two possibilities exist…

Either we are alone in the universe or we are not.

Both are equally terrifying.”

-Arthur C. Clarke

Dark Skies, directed by Scott Stewart, can be described as “walking through a full-blown nightmare.” This film made me fear the creatures that might be lurking above in the nighttime sky; the extraterrestrial beings that might be stalking mankind even now.

Unusual things begin happening to the Barret family, which prompts Lacy (Keri Russell) to conduct numerous Google searches and visit Edwin (J.K. Simmons), an alien expert. This research informs Lacy that her family is being targeted by extraterrestrial beings. Can the Barret family ward off the aliens, or will one of them be dragged off into the sky?

The three aliens, known as Greys, terrified me. These horrifying creatures, with their elongated bodies and malicious attitudes, implanted themselves, like a microchip, into my worst nightmares. After watching Dark Skies, I was afraid that I would wake up in the middle of the night and see them hovering over me.

And it freaked me out when Edwin said, “The presence of the Greys is now a fact of life…like death and taxes.” Once I heard that, chills ran up and down my spine as I thought about life outside of Earth, and how other beings might be creeping around, studying us.

Let’s move onto the Barret family: simply put, I adored this family. Sure, they may have had their flaws, yet they still managed to hold themselves together with inspiring amounts of love and strength. Dark Skies manages to teach an important message: always cherish and protect your family.

And I want to thank Mr. Stewart for creating a realistic family in Dark Skies that other families can relate to. Instead of being millionaires, the Barret’s, like countless others, were struggling to make ends meet; they had a never-ending stack of bills to pay and were attempting to land decent jobs. It was very refreshing to see a down-to-earth family in a horror film.

I do, however, want to bring up one glaring issue: if the Barrett family was so broke, how could they afford numerous security cameras for their house? (Just something to ponder…)

Overall, Dark Skies was an incredibly eerie alien movie that will have you double-checking your windows and doors at night; you don’t want the Greys to take an interest in you.

To watch the trailer, click here

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