Mini-Review: Dark Nature (2009)

Dark Nature (2009)

Starring Imogen Toner, Niall Greig Fulton, James Bryce, Vanya Eadie, Joanna Miller, Jane Stabler, Tom Carter

Directed by Marc de Launay

Expectations: Low.


I should have listened. Before watching Dark Nature, I read numerous impressions of the film, trying to see if I should bother with it. Every single one I found was negative. I decided to watch it anyway simply on the basis that it was distributed in America by site-favorite Troma Entertainment. If they’re endorsing it, it has to have some redeeming value for their fans, right? Not the case actually, as the film is almost completely devoid of anything that would set it apart as a film that Troma should release.

The film opens with a lot of promise. A quick prologue shows a man murder his wife, then after showering, he is murdered himself by an unseen assailant. This leads to a very well-shot credits sequence featuring time-lapse and beautifully composed shots of windmills and countryside. It’s a bit slow, but it’s done so well that it gives the impression that the rest of the film will pay off for a patient viewer. Unfortunately, it never does. None of the characters demand attention, as they are all boring and too standard to be worth caring about. As you would expect they are slowly killed off, but even these scenes are boring as there’s very little gore or suspense to get excited about. Overall, the film is just so boring, even at only seventy-two minutes. I can’t imagine too many people extracting much enjoyment from this film. Definitely one to avoid. It is an unfortunate blemish on Troma’s otherwise pleasing track record.

3 comments to Mini-Review: Dark Nature (2009)

  • I think the only Troma film I’ve seen is Surf Nazis Must Die — haha — for bad movie night when I was an undergrad.

    • I actually haven’t seen that one, despite laughing about its title a number of times.

      The Lloyd Kaufman-directed stuff is the best and the “real” Troma movies. Toxic Avenger is a must see as far as I’m concerned, as well as Tromeo and Juliet. Poultrygiest also if you really love gore. They’re really fun.

  • Uncle Jasper

    Man, I was interested in checking this out, but now I think I’ll pass. Although a lot of the Troma produced stuff can be good… great even (I’m looking at you Combat Shock), there is always the chance you will get something like this. I saw Tales From the Crapper recently and wasn’t too impressed either, although it had a few choice moments. And by choice moments I mean gratuitous penis severings of course.

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