In the Dark Half

In the Dark Half

Alastair Siddons (2012)

15 Certificate


Our Score
Fifteen-year-old Marie (Jessica Barden) lives on a bland housing estate with her DIY-obsessed mother (Lyndsey Marshal) but is haunted by a gnawing sense of loss. She seeks solace in a woodland hideaway. However, after a six-year-old boy dies in her care, Marie struggles to convince his grieving father (Tony Curran) that the child is trying to communicate from beyond the grave. Director Alastair Siddons started out making documentaries like 2009 break-dancing study Turn It Loose, but for his fiction-film debut (made for just £300,000), he boldly attempts to blend social realism with the myth and mysticism that is deeply rooted in English folklore and pagan rituals like the ancient Samhain fire festival. With impressive back-up from production designer Max Bellhouse and Spanish cinematographer Neus Ollé, Siddons generates a seething air of unease from his West Country locations. But Lucy Catherine's screenplay resorts to the kind of last-reel drama that could leave audiences feeling manipulated.


A teenager babysits a six-year-old neighbour, but is distraught when he unexpectedly dies in her care. While the dead child's father looks for someone to blame, she is tormented by the belief that his spirit is haunting the abandoned bunker she has made her refuge from her troubles. Horror, starring Jessica Barden, Tony Curran and Lyndsey Marshal.

Cast & Crew

Marie Jessica Barden
"Filthy" Tony Curran
Sean Alfie Hepper
Kathy Lyndsey Marshal
Michelle Georgia Henshaw
Director Alastair Siddons
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: VerveGuidance: Swearing.Available on: DVDReleased on: 10 Aug 2012