Alone in the Dark (2005 film)

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Alone in the Dark
Alone in the Dark 2005.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byUwe Boll
Produced byUwe Boll
Wolfgang Herold
Shawn Williamson
Written byElan Mastai
Michael Roesch
Peter Scheerer
Based onAlone in the Dark 
by Infogrames
StarringChristian Slater
Tara Reid
Stephen Dorff
Music byReinhard Besser
Oliver Lieb
Bernd Wendlandt
Peter Zweier
CinematographyMathias Neumann
Editing byRichard Schwadel
StudioBoll KG Entertainment
Herold Productions
Brightlight Pictures
Infogrames Entertainment
Distributed byConcorde Filmverleih (Germany)
Lions Gate Films (US)
Release dates
  • 28 January 2005 (2005-01-28) (United States)
  • 24 February 2005 (2005-02-24) (Germany)
Running time96 minutes
99 minutes (Unrated cut)
CountryGermany
Canada
United States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$20 million[1]
Box office$10,442,808[1]
 
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Alone in the Dark
Alone in the Dark 2005.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byUwe Boll
Produced byUwe Boll
Wolfgang Herold
Shawn Williamson
Written byElan Mastai
Michael Roesch
Peter Scheerer
Based onAlone in the Dark 
by Infogrames
StarringChristian Slater
Tara Reid
Stephen Dorff
Music byReinhard Besser
Oliver Lieb
Bernd Wendlandt
Peter Zweier
CinematographyMathias Neumann
Editing byRichard Schwadel
StudioBoll KG Entertainment
Herold Productions
Brightlight Pictures
Infogrames Entertainment
Distributed byConcorde Filmverleih (Germany)
Lions Gate Films (US)
Release dates
  • 28 January 2005 (2005-01-28) (United States)
  • 24 February 2005 (2005-02-24) (Germany)
Running time96 minutes
99 minutes (Unrated cut)
CountryGermany
Canada
United States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$20 million[1]
Box office$10,442,808[1]

Alone in the Dark is a 2005 German-Canadian-American science fiction action horror film, very loosely based on Infogrames' popular video game series of the same name. Directed by Uwe Boll, the film stars Christian Slater as supernatural detective Edward Carnby and Tara Reid as the scientist assisting him. The film's tagline is Evil Awakens. The film was panned by critics, and was a box office failure. It is often regarded as one of the worst films ever made.

Despite the film's near universal criticism, it spawned a sequel in 2009 directed by Michael Roesch and Peter Scheerer.[2]

Cast[edit]

Game references and similarities[edit]

Alternative versions[edit]

An early script[edit]

Blair Erickson came up with the first drafts of the script for Alone in the Dark. According to Erickson, Uwe Boll changed the script to be more action packed than a thriller. Erickson stated his disgust and his working relationship towards Boll on Somethingawful.com.

The original script took the Alone In the Dark premise and depicted it as if it were actually based on a true story of a private investigator in the northeastern U.S. whose missing persons cases begin to uncover a disturbing paranormal secret. It was told through the eyes of a writer following Edward Carnby and his co-worker for a novel, and depicted them as real-life blue-collar folks who never expected to find hideous beings waiting for them in the dark. We tried to stick close to the H. P. Lovecraft style and the low-tech nature of the original game, always keeping the horror in the shadows so you never saw what was coming for them.

Thankfully Dr. Boll was able to hire his loyal team of hacks to crank out something much better than our crappy story and add in all sorts of terrifying horror movie essentials like opening gateways to alternate dimensions, bimbo blonde archaeologists, sex scenes, mad scientists, slimy dog monsters, special army forces designed to battle slimy CG dog monsters, Tara Reid, "Matrix" slow-motion gun battles, and car chases. Oh yeah, and a ten-minute opening back story scroll read aloud to the illiterate audience, the only people able to successfully miss all the negative reviews. I mean hell, Boll knows that's where the real scares lie.[3]

Unrated Director's Cut version[edit]

An Unrated Director's Cut was released in Germany, France, and Australia and was #1 on the German DVD market for three weeks.[4] It was released on DVD in North America on 25 September 2007.[5] In the newest version of the film, virtually all of the scenes with Tara Reid in them have been removed by Boll himself.[6]

Original film and game tie-in concept[edit]

Originally, the film version of Alone in the Dark was to be released with Alone in the Dark 5, the fifth title in the series; however, the creators of Alone in the Dark, Eden Games, delayed the game and reworked it entirely from scratch. This appears to be one of the causes for the public backlash from gamers on how the film version of Alone in the Dark appeared to deviate from the Alone in the Dark game franchise save for the fact that the film was in some ways a sequel to Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare. Uwe Boll stated his disappointment on the region 1 DVD commentary but also said that Atari had face shots of Christian Slater for the newest game - Alone in the Dark 5, which was released on June 26, 2008.

Reception[edit]

Box office[edit]

Alone in the Dark grossed $2,834,421 in its opening weekend, ranking at #12; by the end of its run, the film had grossed $10,442,808 and was a box office bomb, considering its $20 million budget.[1]

Critical response[edit]

Alone in the Dark was panned by nearly every film critic. Rotten Tomatoes ranked the film 15th of the 100 worst reviewed films of the 2000s with a rating of 1% based on 116 reviews. At Metacritic, it was a score of 9/100. It is widely considered one of the worst films ever made. Reviews frequently singled out the film's blatant plotholes, bad acting, poor visual effects and lack of any relation to the video game series.[7] Scott Brown of Entertainment Weekly gave the film a very rare F grade, commenting that the film was "so bad it's postmodern."[8]

Game Trailers ranked the film as the third worst video game movie of all time; among other things, it was emphasized that "the inadvertently hilarious action-horror flick had little to do with the series and even less to do with common decency!"[citation needed]

In one of the film's only positive reviews, Michelle Alexandria of Eclipse Magazine wrote "Alone in the Dark isn't going to set the world on fire, but it largely succeeds with what it has to work with. Just don't take it seriously and you'll have a fun time."[9]

Awards and nominations[edit]

AwardSubjectNomineeResult
Stinkers Bad Movie AwardsWorst PictureAlone in the DarkWon
Worst ActressTara ReidWon
Worst Special EffectsWon
Worst Song"Wish I Had an Angel" (Nightwish)Nominated
Worst DirectorUwe BollWon
Golden Raspberry AwardsNominated
Worst ActressTara ReidNominated

Soundtrack[edit]

Alone in the Dark: Music from and Inspired by Alone in the Dark
Soundtrack album by Various artists
ReleasedJanuary 25, 2005 (2005-01-25)[10]
Length151:47[10]
LabelNuclear Blast
ProducerAll Shall Perish, Matt Bayles, Rob Caggiano, Steve Carr, Andy Classen, Jean-Francois Dagenais, Brian Joseph Dobbs, Dying Fetus, Patrick W. Engel, Steve Evetts, Fear Factory, Robert Flynn, Jacob Hansen, Tuomas Holopainen, TeeCee Kinnunen, Meshuggah, Misery Index, Fredrik Nordström, Zack Ohren, Eric Rachel, Nick Raskulinecz, Samael, Ben Schigel, Andy Sneap, Waldemar Sorychta, Patrik J. Sten, Peter Tägtgren, Devin Townsend, Paul Trust, Zeuss[10]

The 2-disc soundtrack was released by Nuclear Blast, with Wolfgang Herold as executive producer. The German band Solution Coma's contribution was the title song. Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish had a music video of "Wish I Had an Angel" directed by Uwe Boll, with clips from the film.

Disc 1
  1. Nightwish - Wish I Had An Angel
  2. Dimmu Borgir - Progenies of the Great Apocalypse
  3. Lacuna Coil - Daylight Dancer
  4. Deathstars - Synthetic Generation
  5. Soilwork - Stabbing the Drama
  6. The Haunted - All Against All
  7. In Flames - The Quiet Place
  8. Strapping Young Lad - Devour
  9. Agnostic Front feat. Jamie Jasta - Peace
  10. Chimaira - Down Again
  11. Shadows Fall - What Drives the Weak
  12. Exodus - Blacklist
  13. Machine Head - Imperium
  14. Death Angel - The Devil Incarnate
  15. Apocalyptica - Cohkka
  16. Cradle of Filth - Mother of Abominations
  17. Hypocrisy - Deathrow (No Regrets)
Disc 2
  1. Mnemic - Ghost
  2. Agathodaimon - Alone in the Dark
  3. Anthrax - What Doesn't Die
  4. Nevermore - Enemies of Reality
  5. Disbelief - Floating on Hight
  6. Arch Enemy - Dead Eyes See No Future
  7. Dark Tranquillity - Lost to Apathy
  8. Meshuggah - Rational Gaze
  9. Napalm Death - Troops of Doom
  10. Misery Index - The Great Depression
  11. Heaven Shall Burn - The Weapon They Fear
  12. God Forbid - Gone Forever
  13. Bleed the Sky - Killtank
  14. Diecast - Medieval
  15. All Shall Perish - Deconstruction
  16. Into Eternity - Spiraling into Depression
  17. Bloodbath - Outnumbering the Day
  18. Kataklysm - As I Slither
  19. Dew-Scented - Cities of the Dead
  20. Angelzoom - Peace of Mind

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Alone in the Dark at Box Office Mojo
  2. ^ "Alone in the Dark II". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2012-10-15. 
  3. ^ Erikson, Blair. "Behind the Scenes: Uwe Boll and Uwe Boll's Alone in the Dark". Archived from the original on 14 October 2007. Retrieved 2007-09-22. 
  4. ^ Alternate versions for Alone in the Dark (2005)
  5. ^ "Lionsgate Double-Dips Uwe Boll's Alone in the Dark?!". 
  6. ^ "Exclusive Interview: UWE BOLL PUTS AWAY THE GAME CONTROLLER". iFMagazine.com. 
  7. ^ Thomson, Desson (2005-01-28). "'Alone in the Dark': Sorry Atari". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2010-04-23. 
  8. ^ Reviewed by Scott Brown (2005-02-02). "Alone in the Dark Review | Movie Reviews and News". EW.com. Retrieved 2012-10-15. 
  9. ^ "Alone in the Dark - Movie Reviews". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2012-10-15. 
  10. ^ a b c Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Alone in the Dark: Music from and Inspired by Alone in the Dark". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2012-12-08. 

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