Verdict: 1 / 5
I often wonder if aliens are as bored with the sci-fi horror genre as we are. Think about it. All these B-grade horrors are depicting them as beings with nothing better to do than to haunt families, sneak into kids’ bedrooms late at night, tease the dog, mess with nature and play creepy games of hide-and-seek. How the mighty have fallen. Perhaps writer-director Scott Stewart should learn that extraterrestrials deserve better credit than this. Inspired by the “How To Make A Paranormal Horror Movie For Dummies” book, Dark Skies is a paint-by-numbers affair. Everything you predict will happen does, exactly how you thought it would.
Daniel (Josh Hamilton) and Lacy (Keri Russell) Barrett caught a raw deal. Not only are they struggling with the bad economy, with mounting bills to pay and Daniel losing his job, but now they have to deal with the inconvenience of pestering alien beings harassing them too. Late at night the evil critters are rearranging their fridge and cupboard contents, removing family photos from their frames and constantly setting off their home-security alarm. What’s worse, the aliens have visited their kids late at night under the nickname the “Sandman” (See what they did there?).Despite their financial strains, the Barrett family find the time and money to install security cameras around the home. This all leads to a shocking discovery. Wait for it… doom doom doom… supernatural beings. When they’re not bothering this poor family, they are also causing the mass suicide of dozens of birds (shame on you aliens). Despite all the loses and all the horrors the Barrett family refuse to move (shame on you Barrett family).
Dark Skies should be a made for television film. It would be easier to digest as an episode of The Outer Limits or The Twilight Zone. The film opens with a scary quote by Arthur C. Clarke: “Two possibilities exist: either we are alone in the Universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying.” It’s all downhill after that.