The Darkness

2016 PG-13 1h 32m Blu-ray / DVD

The Darkness

2016 PG-13 1h 32m Blu-ray / DVD
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In this eerie tale of horror based on real-life events, the unsuspecting Taylor family returns from a Grand Canyon holiday, only to discover that they've brought along a malignant spirit that feeds on their fears.
Blu-ray DVD Streaming
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.40:1
English SDH, Spanish (Neutral), French
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, English: DVS - Descriptive Video Service, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 5.1
Widescreen 2.40:1
English SDH, Spanish (Neutral), French
English: DTS-HD Master Audio, English: DVS - Descriptive Video Service, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 5.1
PG-13 - Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Parents are urged to be cautious. Some material may be inappropriate for pre-teenagers.
age 14+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 14+
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age 14+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that The Darkness is a horror movie about Native American ghosts that haunt a Caucasian autistic boy and his family, a cultural dynamic that may not sit well with all viewers. There are plenty of jump scares, as well as some blood. A room is covered with red-smeared designs on the walls and ceiling (presumably blood, but that's not certain). Family members argue, and a wall catches on fire. A married couple kisses in bed, a teen girl is shown taking a shower (no sensitive nudity), and there's flirting and talk of a husband's past infidelity. A woman's alcoholism is discussed; she buys vodka, and the bottles are shown half empty, but viewers never see her (or anyone else) actually drinking. Language includes a use of "f--k" and a couple of uses of "s--t."

Sexual Content

Teen girl in the shower (nothing sensitive shown). A shirtless man repeatedly kisses his wife in bed, presumably trying to initiate sex, but they're interrupted. Married man flirts with other women (a past affair is discussed).


Creepy scenes and jump scares. A room with (presumably) blood smeared in patterns all over the walls and ceiling. A dog attacks a teen girl, leaving bloody marks on her arm. Small cuts from flying glass shards. Siblings fight. Mom and daughter figh. Fire in a house.


One use of "f--k," plus a few uses of "s--t," "piss," "hell," and "damn."

Social Behavior

The movie briefly addresses (but doesn't dig very deep into) topics including bulimia, autism, alcoholism, and infidelity. It also acknowledges the existence of non-white cultures, but in a fairly surface (and arguably stereotypical) way.


Apple iPhone used as flashlight. Absolut vodka.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

A main character is described as an alcoholic. She buys two bottles of vodka; later the bottle is shown half empty. Characters head to the bar while in a restaurant. Characters prepare to drink alcohol while camping.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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