Dark Touch review by George Hooper - Cinema Paradiso
Dark Touch unlike many of the horror films today is about a real life horror, something we choose to ignore or only talk about when we are presented with it or find out in some happenstance way. That is what makes Dark Touch so impressive, it uses our own fears about the subject and weaves them into a dark and scary tale that has more than a few genuine scares.
The film follows Neve (Missy Keating), a young girl who finds herself being haunted by something or someone. When she survives a horrific attack on her and her family by an unknown force she is left alone with only the kindness of strangers to help her. However when she thinks she has escaped to a kind of safety she is presented with more darkness, this time seeking her.
Director Marina De Van understands the dark soul of the film and also how to elicit scares from minor and major moments. She creates a sense of tension while discussing the darkness of child abuse in a new and totally unexpected fashion. The scares may be what you watch for but by the end you will be thinking about a different kind of darkness.
Keating makes Neve an interesting and complicated character to follow as you try to decipher why this is happening but the film is really about the little things, the well thought out direction, the detailed and grounded story and the over the top gore all add to this sense of impending doom and the chaos that has been caused by the mistrust from Neve’s life.
Ultimately this is top notch horror from a director that understands how to make us relate to it, if even by understanding. Dark Touch is a depressing yet captivating watch into the mind of the young and the disastrous effects that manipulating the young can have on those people they encounter in the future