There’s nothing better than a good old fashioned practical effect in a horror movie. CGI can never match the other-worldly look of a hand-sculpted face or the creepy, jerky, imperfect walk of something that can’t walk on its own. And in this clip from the new horror film Darkness Rising, we get a great look at a spectacularly creepy practical effect.
Bloody Disgusting unveiled the clip first, and it features a seriously scary creature, especially if you’re the type who’s nervous about what might be hiding under your bed. Resembling a demonic child dripping in black goo, the creature first makes an appearance in a bathtub, where its face will give you nightmares. It then starts crawling in that other-worldly way that can only be achieved through practical effects, solidifying its rank as one of the best horror movie creatures we’ve seen in some time. Check it out.
The movie certainly isn’t reinventing the wheel, but it looks like a fun ’80s horror throwback, and we’re totally cool with that. Here’s the official synopsis:
“A house’s horrifying secrets are resurrected in this blood-drenched supernatural nightmare. For years, Madison (Tara Holt) has been tormented by the memories of a traumatic childhood incident: when she was a girl, her mother murdered her younger sister, and nearly killed Madison, too. Joined by her fiancé (Bryce Johnson) and cousin (Katrina Law), the now-adult Madison returns to the home where it happened just before it’s slated to be demolished. Seeking closure, the trio instead finds themselves ensnared by the same evil presence that drove Madison’s mother to unthinkable violence. It soon looks like history may repeat itself.”
Horror mainstay Ted Raimi, who has appeared in the original Evil Dead trilogy, Candyman, Wishmaster, The Grudge, and many more scary flicks also has a role in the film, which should further cement its status as a future cult classic. Darkness Rising, which is distributed by IFC Midnight, is currently playing in select theaters and is available on VOD and digital download.