It’s day twenty-nine of my HALLOWEEN CHALLENGE where I have to see a horror movie a day during the month of October and write a short review for each one.
In THE DARK STRANGER a comic book artist is fighting depression and the grief of her mother's suicide, while the visions of The Dark Man, a mysterious figure from the Comic book she is creating starts haunting her and becomes a threat to all. Partially animation, partially a coming of age story, THE DARK STRANGER has a few interesting twists and turns, but drives a familiar route of a family in distress and a young and pretty protagonist fighting evil.
The character of THE DARK STRANGER symbolises depression, and this message and it is not obscure enough to be effective. It is hard to define the target audience for this little movie: it is definitely not for grown ups and teenagers will find it dull. THE DARK STRANGER has a few original ideas up its sleeve, but it's not enough to pull it through.
SCORE OUT OF 5:
SCARY SCORE: 👻
GORE SCORE: 🗡🗡
FUN SCORE: 🎃🎃