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Charlie (Dominique Pinon) starts off his day in a normal way. Getting up out of bed and heading off for work. Once he gets there, he runs into a group of people. Charlie gets knocked down by them and stepped on. He sees them just fine, but everyone else doesn't seem to take notice of him at all. Rushing back home, he finds a lot of cats waiting for him. He wakes up his wife or girlfriend (didn't notice if it was said which she was), she freaks out because he is barely there. Eventually we learn that Charlie has died and he is an unclaimed soul. Demons from Hell are after him before this mistake can be figured out. We meet Carol (Susan Paterno) who can see these lost souls, so the demons force her to work with them so they can find Charlie. Will he get away and go on to Heaven?
Darkhunters is a film from the UK and was written/directed by Johannes Roberts. It has a low budget feel to it, but some of the scenes are done fairly well because of this. One of the odd things about the film are the demons. I had read that when the demons speak, we get to see what they say thanks to subtitles. They speak in a way that can't be understood, so the subtitles are handy. I read on IMDb that they are there mostly because that the mask used didn't work the way it was supposed to. You can't see the demons mouth move when they talk, so it was felt that subtitles was the way to go. The other characters can understand the demons for some reason, so I just don't see why they had the demons speak English. While on the subject of talking, Darkhunters is very dialogue heavy. That is why I made the comment about feeling more awake while watching this film.
In truth, what I said about the film's plot up above is actually a long flashback. We meet Carol first who is hunting down some woman. After she has done this, she decides to confess to a priest, which is when we start the flashback, to when she first discovered her true calling so to speak. Darkhunters main problem is that Roberts tends to drag scenes out for way too long. While the story itself is an interesting concept, long dragged out scenes make the film a tad boring. There is a long talk before the flashback. There is a very long scene in a dog kennel while searching for Charlie. Roberts also seems to love circling actors with his camera. I'm not sure how many times that happened. I was never sure if the demons were transforming into cats, since sometimes their eyes would look rather weird. It is eventually explained that cats are able to see the dead, but I thought this could have been explained much sooner than it was. Darkhunters wasn't really a bad film, but there was things about it that could have helped it a lot to make it better. I can't say that I was bored watching it, but at the same time, the dragged out scenes was making it a challenge to stay interested. I don't mind a slow paced film, but films like Darkhunters come close to changing my mind at times.
There wasn't a lot of gory effects to be found. Some blood when someone gets shot, but nothing major. Instead, the effects lean more to visual effects. Like the demons have this weird light show going on about them. There is one that is a private detective who looks a bit more normal, but there is some makeup going on there. There is also a scene in space. I won't got into detail about that one though. For the most part the effects looked good. The acting was alright. As many have said, Dominique Pinon was somewhat wasted here. While he does get some good screen time, the main character falls to Susan Paterno. I didn't think her acting, for the most part, was bad. There are scenes though where she doesn't act all that surprised by what is going on when I would think it would have freaked her out some. I mean, how often does stuff like this happen to a person, you know?
I was a little disappointed with Darkhunters. It wasn't all bad though. I enjoyed the back story for the most part. I really enjoyed the story of how Carol thinks she came about being able to see the dead. Hint: it involves a cat. It didn't make a lot of sense to me how the demons were supposed to find the soul that they are on the hunt for. I'm assuming since animals, especially cats, are always around, that helps them. However, what is the point of trying to hunt down a soul if you can't even see it? I guess since I don't give low budget movies as low a score as most people, Netflix tagged this one as a three star for me. They are usually pretty close on their guess, but a little off with this one. I hardly hated Darkhunters, but it could also have been so much better than it was. Not one I would tell anyone to check out, but maybe worth a watch if it does sound interesting to you.
2 out of 5 Since I have always had cats, does that make me a lost soul?
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