Mythology and folklore are often the basis of horror movies. I’m fascinated by urban legends and ancient monster tales. Sometimes the source material is even more interesting than the horror movie itself. A while ago, I watched The Darkness, which deals with Native American folklore in a fascinating way. My expectations weren’t very high, but this one really stuck with me afterwards, which is why I’ve picked it for Day 5 of 31 Days of Halloween.
IMDB’s Description: “A family unknowingly awakens an ancient supernatural entity on a Grand Canyon vacation, and must fight for survival when it follows them home.”
On it’s surface, it seemed like this was going to be just another ghost/demon story rife with jump scares, but I was so pleasantly surprised. While this wasn’t the perfect horror movie by any means, I really appreciated the fresh take on Native American folklore and mythology. This movie has been skewered by critics and other reviewers, but I honestly enjoyed it just for the explanation of the backstory and origin of the supernatural events.