Mark and Sarah are travelling into the Irish countryside on holiday. When Mark’s overconfident navigation turns them down a muddy road, they become stranded. Inside the closest house, Mark finds a disoriented farmer alone in the darkness and promises to get help. After the farmer attacks Mark and jumps out the window of his own home, the two realise that the countryside isn’t exactly their cup of tea. However, this is just the beginning of their ordeal. As night approaches, they’re stuck in the unfamiliar house with an inexplicable lighting problem, and outside is a creature that revels in the dark.

From the Dark is the latest film from Irish director Conor McMahon. Here, he trades in the comedy of Stitches for an exercise in economic horror. Mark and Sarah are average people thrown into a relentlessly horrific situation, and they must struggle to survive. McMahon continuously surprises with his creative situations, constantly taking salvation away from Mark and Sarah just when they need it most.

Brian Kelley
Fantastic Fest


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