Darkness (2002) Script

Now, I want you to try and tell us everything that happened Anything you can remember I can't, I can't remember

We need your help so we can find the other children

A house

What? They took us to a house

Who? I don't know... people

Do you think the other children are still there?

Do you think they've been hurt?


You're doing just fine We're going to find them

But We need you to tell us more You've got to try and remember

I can't, I can't remember anything


Drink it But...

No complaints. Drink

Did you get 'em? Get what?

The pencils Yeah Has he had breakfast?

We're on it. How did it go? I'm brushed...

I think it's going to take me a while to get used to it...

...and on top of that, night shifts Don't worry, you're just starting Anyhow I'm going to my father about getting your shift changed We'll see Do you know where the toaster is?

I have no idea We still have tons of boxes left to open Unless you give me a hand, I give up

Hey, big guy Hi

Today's your first day, isn't it? Yeah You nervous? A little You'll see that you'll like it You'll make lots of friends soon Come on, Paul You're gonna be late, come on Bye

It's about time I was just about to get you up We've got to do It's too early And I have swim practice That's not for two hours And travel This is the sticks, I have to take the bus everywhere I'm not waiting any longer for this to start looking like a real house We've been here almost three weeks, and with the notable exception of myself, one has unpacked one single box And don't forget, you promised you were going to paint your room

Mom, I don't I don't know if I'm staying

I thought we discussed this, Reggie You know how your father and I feel When have you ever listened to me?

I just want to finish school in the States with my friends Is that so abnormal?

Hi Hi

What are you doing here?

You're crazy I'm not doing anything wrong I'm just here to pick up my American friend Well, you got here too late 'cause I got to go Just tell me if you're gonna stay I'm not Come on, you got to go Why not?

Go, please They saw you We'll talk about it later Promise?

I promise

I'm warning you, it's not going to be easy for your family to live in another country Especially for the kids Oh, I know It's a big move I'm sure hoping they'll get used to it It's a great place Think so?

It needs work Yeah, That's true A hammer and nails and a bit of paint, you'll see Plus I got one month before semester starts Good luck

Did you meet?

No Hi How ya doing?

I was just saying, it's like a dream come true You know what? He's lying

You don't want to play anymore?

Oh, thanks Everybody seems to be having a good time, right?

Paul reminds me of Mark when he was that age Before he...

...left Now you'll have your grandchildren all to yourself and you're gonna get sick of them Yes It must be strange for them Poor Paul

He'll end up crazy about you... you'll see

I'm gonna get jealous

It's good to see you, dad

That's it, it's over Finally I thought it would never end Way to close a party

Not again

...experts suggest to be cautious. Never look directly at the sun...

...nor the optical device...

...so take care, but make sure not to miss it. Don't forget it's a unique event, ...a very special eclipse...

...that takes place only every 40 years and there are just 5 days to go...

You lived here with grandpa? Yeah, when I was your age That's when you left for the States?

Why did you have to?

Well, your grandparents decided to split up and I didn't have a choice, I had to go With your mom?

That's right

Are you and mom going To split up? No Only families that don't get along split up We get along, don't we?


It's the second day and I bet I'm the only one late Don't worry, you'll make it

"We're like the lonely wildebeest bleating his plaintive poetry to the infinite herd"

Hey dad, do you even know what a wildebeest is?

Sure it's It's like a cow And what's your cow saying?

"Get your ass out of my face"

"Get your ass out of my face"

Dad look, it worked


Hey, shithead, what are you doing? Move it!


Help me!

Help me!


When Was his last attack? More than ten years ago Haughtington is unpredictable, but it doesn't have to be serious As quickly as it has come, it can go I don't know I'm going to give him Haloperidol But if he does have an attack, you know about the risk of choking Just keep a close eye on him This couldn't come at a worse time Don't worry, everything will be fine Trust me

Dad I'm okay sweetie, nothing's happened Come on, let's go inside

We've still got a lot of work ahead of us This is going to be the best house in the whole world Mom?

What happened?

Your father had a small attack, but it's nothing, don't worry I've been talking to your grandfather He's got to go back on medication for a while and that's all Mom It's starting again Nothing is starting again This is an isolated incident Don't blow it out of proportion You remember what happened You know exactly what this is And just now Just now what?

We're completely isolated, what if something were to happen?

We're ten minutes away from downtown and I already told you, nothing's going to happen Mom What?

If you don't like this house or your family, then get your things and go Isn't that what you wanted, to go?

Well, go on then!

I think we'll survive

Since the beginning of time...

...people considered this phenomenon in different ways...

...but how do eclipses exactly work?...

Feeling better? No Come on, I fight with my Mom all the time It's normal No it's not She's never been this cruel before

I bet she didn't even notice Sometimes people say things that... I don't care I'm not comfortable I don't feel happy in that house

Hey there, Tiger Hi What are you doing?


You don't play with this anymore You used to like it Are you going to die?


Listen buddy, what happened is that your dad...

I got a little too tense this morning Forget about it You're not going to let that worry you, are you?

Come on...

...time for bed



Come on...

...lights out

You okay? Yeah

What are you doing up?

I couldn't sleep Dad said I couldn't leave a light on Since when are you afraid of the dark? I'm not So?

It's different here... the dark What do you mean?

It eats my pencils Come on, I'll tell you what, how' bout we make a deal? I'll lie down with you Until you fall asleep Promise?

Of course Just give me a minute Okay

I can't find anything wrong There's definitely something wrong Maybe you should check again I don't know what it could be Look, I'll check the sockets

Where's my drawing pad? I left it here last night These are kind of weird drawings They're not weird They're just drawings Yeah, but you keep on doing the same thing They're not the same, they're different They look the same to me That's because they're all children But they're different children


What's this? Did you hurt yourself?

I don't know Has mommy seen it?

Yeah, she says I probably did it in my sleep When it was dark

I'm going If you go outside, don't go near the road Okay?


What are you doing here?

I need to use up the last few frames on this roll and you will be my model I like you as a photographer, but I think I like you better as a painter Oh, Dad, this is Carlos Hi Hi Nice to meet you Do you know anything about electricity?

No Come on

It doesn't look like mold...

...it's more like rust I don't understand They painted the whole house before we moved in Trust me, baby...

...this is going to look great It better And I'm gonna go get some paint thinner, just in case If you want, phone the electric company The hell with that, there's something here that doesn't work We've been here for three weeks now, and every day the lights go out They flicker, like the voltage dropped Do you understand?

Look, if I were you, I'd talk to the neighbors If it's a supply thing, they'll have noticed something too What neighbors? We don't have neighbors This is a fucking nightmare Calm down, okay? I've done all I can In other words, fuck you, right?

In my own house, and in my face Fuck you!

Well, you're not getting a penny from me. Not a goddamn penny The insurance company will pay me either way. Tell it to them

Not now What's wrong?

I'm staying

I can't leave now I'm not going to ask you why

That's probably a good idea

What are you doing up? It's late I was waiting up for you

I'm bushed I hope you painted that room I need to talk to you Tomorrow I'm wrecked You can't imagine how busy it's been today Why can't we just talk?

There's something I need to tell you

You say not to worry but...

Dad is a bundle of nerves You should have seen the way he blew up at the electrician this morning Oh, he's just...

And like, Paul's not well. I mean... Paul's okay Look at the drawings I mean, does this look like the kind of thing normal kids do? I mean He's a kid You should have seen the ones you used to make. Come on

Don't touch it!

Sorry These old things can be pretty delicate What's that?

A room. Hidden behind the wall How did you know it was there?

Paul told me Hey, check it out

What about hanging it here?


It works That's the beauty of old things...

...no electricity required I'll stop it No

And you, little psychic. How did you know that room was there?

What are you talking about?

Dad said you told him it was there I didn't say anything. That's a lie You want to be a martyr, fine If you keep this up, I don't know what we'll do What's going on?

Nothing. Your brother's gone and bruised himself again. That's all Clumsy Who did this to you?

Oh, Reggie don't start Please, don't get paranoid Don't get paranoid? This has happened twice Are you trying to tell me there's nothing going on?

That's not what I'm saying. All I'm saying is these things happen He's got to be more careful, that's all Mom, why do you refuse to see what is staring you clearly in the face?

This is not normal We'll talk to your grandpa. Maybe he can talk to Paul, I don't know What more do you want me to do?

I need to get the rust off the floor Where did you guys put the matt knife?

I was opening boxes yesterday It's gotta be in there somewhere I don't understand you Honestly, I don't What's going on here?

Everything's fine. Great Couldn't be better, right mom? Fantastic!

Maybe I'll go unpack something

What's up?

You said you weren't going to ask me why What?

Why I'm staying And?

I wanted you to ask me

My dad's kind of sick He has this disease It's called "Haughtington's Syndrome"

Just before Paul was born it got really bad He was having attacks But you can't imagine...

...what it must be like to be afraid of your own father

But he's okay now The treatment took He's been fine for years until now Until now?

He's not doing so good And there's definitely something wrong with Paul He's woken up with bruises twice now Hold on You don't think? I don't think anything He's acting weird and he barely speaks

Sometimes I think it's that house

You know, this thing is much more complicated than it looks Where's Paul?

Grandfather came to talk to him They're upstairs

I'm a Mothers worry Don't worry Regina I was beginning to think I wouldn't get to see you Hi, grandpa You're going to catch a cold Dry off, hon Try and get him to stay for dinner Thanks again

How are you?

I'm good. And Paul?

He's fine I'm sure this is no big deal The change of houses, habits, environment But he's never been afraid of the dark before I don't think that Paul's fear of darkness is your biggest concern Why would he hurt himself?

He's just trying to call attention But Dad's been strange too He's worse He's aggressive Like he used to be That's nonsense, Regina I know what you all went through And I know it wasn't easy But your father is under control now You need to stop worrying Nothing is going to happen All right, dear? Thanks, grandpa And now, I'm off

He says we shouldn't worry Kids do strange things sometimes We have to find a place to hang that picture I don't know Mark, please... we're talking about our children

They're going through a rough time Reggie...

...she's at a difficult age Maybe we're not being understanding enough with her And what about me?

Who's being understanding with me?

What are you talking about? Come on, please

You don't think I hear the little secret conversations that go on behind my back?

You're losing it Right! Exactly! That's exactly the attitude I'm talking about Thank you I know where they get it from now

Mark, please, calm down

Did you take your medication?






Reggie, quickly!

Come over here I'm feeling kinda woozy Slow breaths, okay?

Hold it I have to get the alcohol

Not now!




Where's the fuse box?

In the laundry room



Paul, what's the matter? Let me in

They won't let me There's someone here Paul, let me in I can't Paul! Dad!

Shut up!

You're scaring him!

I said, stop it! Dad!

Open this door right now!


Stop it! Shut up!

Let me go!


Paul, honey, come here. It's okay It's okay It's okay

I don't know I got scared We couldn't open the door

Baby, Are you all right? What's wrong with you?

I'm here now. It's okay. It's all over It's not all over They never go away. They only hide Who? What are you talking about?

The kids...

What kids?

The ones in my room They wouldn't let me out They hate me. They say I'm an impostor Paul...

...there's no one else here Just you and me...

...and mom and dad Those kids don't exist You're imagining them Yes they do. They come out when it's dark They live in the dark Didn't you hear them?

Didn't you?

Hello Carlos?

Reggie, is it late? I know, I know. I'm sorry I need your help What's wrong?

It's this house

Nobody has ever lived in your house before The guy who sold the house to your father...

...doesn't even exist Neither does the real estate agent, or the lawyer And the phone number that's on the contract, has never been in service So there's nothing We can check?

Maybe... I found some information about the architect

Excellent Wanna help me?

Where's Regina?

She left at the crack of dawn I don't know

There's no one here

Hey, I've seen that guy before

He was standing outside my house...

...the other night, when it was raining I'm sure it's him

Come on

You shouldn't have come

You designed the house, right? I just drew the plans according...

...to the measurements they gave me They?

They who?

I never saw anyone Everything was taken care of through an intermediary All I had to do was draw...

...and keep quiet That was the one thing they insisted on But that wasn't the strange part

We've got to talk Oh, yes. We've got to talk, about that thing you hung up there It's hideous What are you talking about? You told me to hang it there What?

Last night Right here Honey, That is not the problem Oh, no?

Then what is the problem?

The larvae...

The what?

The larvae They're everywhere In the walls

I hear them whisper They talk about us

We've got to do something

It was the design The shape of the house In some parts of the world, a similar form is used in the design and construction of the temples, or other types of occult architecture Something about giving birth to spiritual energy, or entities It's been so many years But I didn't like it Reggie, I think we'd better get going No, just wait And then...

...the thing with the kids happened

What are you planning to do?

Find them They must have their nest underneath this house somewhere And I'm going to find it

Seven children

They never found them

Except one

When the police questioned him, what he told them didn't make any sense...

...it was some crazy story about a round house Just dark So dark I've spent years obsessed with this story Prowling around the house It's always been empty And then suddenly, one day, I find that a family's living there With a kid. For the first time in 40 years Why now?

So why haven't you called the police?

And tell them what?

You think they'll listen to the crazy ramblings of some old fart with one foot in the grave?

You could have told somebody Oh, yes...

I could have But I didn't...

...you want to know why?

Because I was scared What are you talking about?

Please go That's all I know Thank you for sharing your theories...

...Mr. Villalobos My phone number In case you remember something Get your brother Out of the house Why?

Get him out


It's okay

It's okay He had another fit, but it's okay now Let's go No You're not driving like this Carlos, can you take them to the hospital, please?

Well, what about you?

I'm staying. There's something I have to do here Reggie Carlos, please Just go



We're watching you, bitch

What the fuck do you want?

Well, I just wanted to tell you your father will be fine...

...if that's all right with you Mom...

I'm sorry I thought you were someone else Well, I guess we've all been through a lot Seems the problem was the tranquilizer I gave him after he cut himself It reacted badly with the Haloperidol I'm a nurse... I should have known...

I don't think that's the problem We need to talk They're keeping him under observation for a couple of days...




It's an old occult symbol It means darkness...

...the return to the beginning...

...chaos What's going on in my house?

What the hell is this?

It's a ritual

"Take the breath and the love out of seven children And close the circle with their blood when morning turns to night"

The old man was right

Seven children's throats cut by someone who loves them

When morning turns to night

The eclipse It's tomorrow It only happens every 40 years

The last time they tried it, something went wrong One of the kids escaped They had to be seven, but they only got six It's going to happen again

With Paul Reggie, no one's going to do anything to Paul My dad is sick Sometimes he doesn't even know what he's doing

Reggie, you should hear yourself? Mom, It's the house You're not!

Dad would never hurt us What you're saying is terrible... it's obscene Is that too hard for you to accept that your father and I?

Mom! Please!

Dad is sick!

And the stuff that's been going on, it all fits The eclipse is tomorrow Just don't go back to that house, please We'll do whatever your grandfather says, since he's your father's doctor, not you

Hello Grandpa, It's Regina Regina, come up

It's Villalobos Listen, I've found one of the papers the guy sent me, you know...

...the intermediary There was a letterhead...

...an address And I'm going over there and you should too

Here, this will make you feel better You have to believe me I don't know what to do I believe you, Regina It's just that this is all too strange I don't know I don't understand a lot of what you've been telling me You have to help me You're a doctor, they'll listen to you.


I don't want you to worry I'm going to call the hospital Please!

Don't let them go back to the house They won't go back, trust me

- Reggie, listen... it's the old man, Villalobos He found the address of the guy who was sending him instructions He said he was going over there Wait I want to come with you It's one of those buildings behind the park... number 17

- What? Reggie...

...number 17...

Number 17?

I'll wait for you out in front...

- But I'm here Reggie, wait...


Regina You should have been in your house With your family because they are in the house

What are you doing in the dark?

Where's Reggie?

I don't know She hasn't called I expected her to call Let her be You know how she's been lately

In the beginning it was just science You begin studying minds of children How their fears work A fear shared by all children In all times and in all cultures An irrational fear:

The fear of the dark

I think I might take a nap I'm exhausted Sounds like a good idea

And now, we are almost ready

After so many years What are you talking about?

About darkness, my dear, the true darkness A kind of evil in its greatest form Pure...

...and alive

And now, the moment has arrived


...it will be born


...and perverted

Don't try so hard, Regina The game has already begun

The countdown has already begun We're getting closer to the moment When the sun and the moon aligned submerges for a few moments in darkness Why?


Because it's a question of faith We are our origin And our origin is that Evil, disorder We discovered the spell to get it back The egg temple

and seven children's throats cut by loving hands

And the eclipse of course

It's just an experiment I'm a doctor Do you know what the ancients called it?

"The great liar"

Where's Regina? She's here. Come in

Thank goodness you came I didn't know what to do

Hey what's going on here?

Do you know what's going on here?

What's going on is that you have fucked up

I don't know why everyone is trying to ruin this moment for me

Once begun no one can stop it There is no way back

Everything was perfect

We were seven We had built the temple And waited for the eclipse

Each one with his child

But at the last minute it fell apart I'm the only one left The only one who has survived all these years Ironic, isn't it?

Because it was my fault

I had to let my son escape

I couldn't do it


Yes, Paul Can I have a glass of water?


Please, just go away

You loved him

Let me go We can still stop it The rules of the game are very clear Seven children's throats cut by hands which love them Go away?

You want me to go away What the hell are you talking about?

This is my house

Open the fucking door!


The last minute I realized it wouldn't work, because, honestly, I didn't love him


Please, just go away

Paul doesn't have anything to do with this

You haven't understood anything, have you?

It's not Paul, you idiot It's your father What?

It has to be the same child Mark, just leave us alone Open this fucking door!


Mark, you're sick You're not taking your medicine, that's why you're sick No!

Liar! That's a lie!

Please, Mark, go Can't you see you're sick? Mom It wasn't Dad He didn't hit me It's impossible It'll never happen

Darkness is very wise Knows very well what a mother...

...is capable of doing to protect her young

Mark, enough!

This is my toy A snake, and something about to be born It sounds familiar, doesn't it?

It'll never happen I saw it in the book The throat has to be cut and my mother wouldn't do that. It's impossible Have faith, Regina Darkness knows a great deal

Okay Here's my medication Mark What are you doing?

Here are the goddamn pills Daddy I'm so sorry

I love you I love you So much

Run You don't have much time Run!

It's your turn

Answer me!

Pills! Freak pills You want me to take pills

What's going on?

Paul, go get a pen I've got to open him up or he's going to die Go!

Paul, hurry!

Paul, you should just go up to your room and don't look Just go, now!

Mom, no!

What are you doing?

He needs air I gotta open his throat Get out of my way! Don't you understand that's what it wants?

Your father is dying!

I gotta open his throat, let him breathe

I can't do it I can't do it

Give it to me I'll do it Just tell me what to do

A clean cut just under the Adam's apple



Now get the tube Put it in his throat What tube? What tube?

It's here Mom!

Where is it?




It's too late Mom!

It's over The seventh child...

...is dead

Where's Regina?

In her house

In hell

Where's the flashlight?

Where is it?

Mom, we have to get out of here. Where's Paul?

Where is he? Where is he? Upstairs

Regina! Paul!

I'm scared!

Paul, I'm coming


Come with me

It's tricking us It's trying to fool us It's a liar We're gonna get out of here right now


Don't be afraid We can end this It's just a question of not being afraid

He's dead No, he's not I want Daddy back, Mommy We can save him You just have to turn off the burners It's the only way to fight the darkness We don't have much time left You have to trust me, Regina What are you saying?

For once in your life, you'll just have to trust me No Turn the light off Turn them off You can save him Please, Mom I don't understand You're a liar Turn it off You're not my mother

Turn them off Do it for Dad



Where is Mom?

She's not here Don't look. We gotta get out of here

Come on. We gotta get out of here Try the window We'll try the window

Come on!

Stand back

Come on, we have to get out right now! Come on, jump!

Come on!

Come on Get in the car right now, honey It's gonna be okay

Are we going back to the States?


Come on up. I want you to see something You're gonna love it

It's tricking us It's a liar It's over, Paul No