“Dark Skies – Sie sind unter uns” is from 2015, but offers a scenario that seems to have been borrowed straight from the films and especially series of the mystery wave in the 1990s. Experts from Blumhouse Productions made sure that the whole thing was neither story-wise nor visually dated. After all, the studio is known for such extremely successful horror franchises as the “Insidious”, “The Purge” and “Sinister” series. On top of that, it managed to bring an impressive number of well-known actors in front of the camera.
In good conscience, however, we cannot recommend the mix of sci-fi horror and mystery thriller to you. In his 2-star review, our author Robert Cherkowski attests the film some interesting approaches. In the end, “Dark Skies” was just a “personality-free, slick and fairly harmless horror quick shot”. However, if you then read through the collected user reviews on our dedicated page, you get the impression that a considerable part of our readership should still have fun with the ripper.
“Dark Skies – They are among us” will be broadcast on Tele 5 on June 11, 2022 at 10:30 p.m. If the date does not suit you or you would rather enjoy the work in the original English version or without commercial breaks, you can order the Blu-ray or the DVD from online retailers such as Amazon at currently pleasingly low prices. Alternatively, the FSK 16 title is also available for streaming as video-on-demand for a fee:
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The Barrett family live in harmony with their neighbors in what is considered a safe suburban neighborhood. But that doesn’t stop parents Lacey (Keri Russell) and Daniel (Josh Hamilton) from using modern surveillance technology to protect themselves and their offspring. Thanks to this, the couple has been discovering signs of unwanted intruders again and again lately. Shortly thereafter, the house is also hit by coordinated attacks by flocks of birds.
Since the summoned police proves to be of little help and her husband is busy with his professional problems and therefore has no head for it, Lacey tries to track down the spook single-handedly. What she finds out makes the concerned woman question her sanity and also calls the UFO researcher and conspiracy theorist Edwin Pollard (JK Simmons) into the plan…
The staging of with “Poltergeist” elements, but also alien paranoia à la “The X Files” playing thriller Scott Stewart took over. After the fantasy action film “Legion” and the sci-fi horror “Priest”, he was best known as a director of genre series such as “Defiance”, “Dominion” and “Mysterious Mermaids”.
Stewart cast as the lead in Dark Skies Keri Russell. The Californian was last seen as Zorri Bliss in “Star Wars 9: The Rise of Skywalker” and as a teacher in “Antlers” in our cinemas who is desperate for one of her students. However, she is likely to have achieved the greatest level of awareness on a global basis to date as the star of two TV series that have each been enormously successful over various seasons: “Felicity” and “The Americans”.
Alongside Russell are the Season 11 cast members of “The Walking Dead’ encountered Josh Hamilton and Oscar-winning JK Simmons for his sensational performance as the sadistic music teacher in ‘Whiplash’. The latter, however, should be known to Marvel fans mainly as journalist J. Jonah Jameson from a whole range of “Spider-Man” titles – starting with the 2002 film by Sam Raimi and most recently in “No Way Home”. Maybe these names already justify tuning in tonight for you?
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