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  • Summary: In a remote town in Ireland, eleven-year-old Niamh finds herself the sole survivor of a bloody massacre that killed her parents and younger brother. Suspecting a gang of homicidal vandals, the police ignore Neve's explanation that the house is the culprit. To help ease her trauma, dutifulIn a remote town in Ireland, eleven-year-old Niamh finds herself the sole survivor of a bloody massacre that killed her parents and younger brother. Suspecting a gang of homicidal vandals, the police ignore Neve's explanation that the house is the culprit. To help ease her trauma, dutiful neighbors Nat and Lucas take her in with the supervision of a social worker. Neve has trouble finding peace with the wholesome and nurturing couple, and horrific danger continues to manifest. Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Alan Scherstuhl
    Sep 21, 2013
    80
    Dark Touch, like much of the best horror, works the fears that connect to real life.
  2. Reviewed by: Gabe Toro
    Sep 21, 2013
    75
    It's unfortunate that commercial considerations seem to play into the third act, adding a more concrete representation of a very abstract idea.
  3. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Sep 26, 2013
    70
    That space between reality and mirage is where Ms. de Van’s strength, and this movie’s true horror, lies.
  4. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Oct 1, 2013
    60
    Dark Touch is meant to touch a nerve, not merely spook. It’s about deeper fears, and realer monsters.
  5. Reviewed by: Ed Gonzalez
    Sep 21, 2013
    50
    The film is beholden to a strange internal logic that gives primacy not to its protagonist's suffering, but to its maker's thirst for fun.
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  1. Mar 30, 2014
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Dark Touch shows us that real horror is in us humans. It does what great horror films do, connect reality with fear. Dark, gritty movie. It shows what horrors a child abuse victim goes through, how their innocence is lost. Man is the cruelest animal. One of the best horror movies of 2013. Expand
  2. Dec 14, 2013
    9
    Easily one of the best horror movies 2013. It is effective and unlike most horror movies, it connects to real life. Although being extremelyEasily one of the best horror movies 2013. It is effective and unlike most horror movies, it connects to real life. Although being extremely dark and very disturbing, at a certain level, it is entertaining although horrifying. It has "Orphan' movie feeling to it, although being better than 2009's horror hit "Orphan". Dark Touch is a well-made film, very twisted, disturbing and horrifying. Expand
  3. Aug 16, 2014
    6
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. The story is stupid and the acting is horrible.The story of a little girl who gets raped by his parents is okay but the fact that she can move objects with her mind is really weird and unrealistic but it's entertaining.But,the worst part is the end they just burn. Expand
  4. Feb 22, 2015
    6
    Dark Touch takes the audience into an uncomfortable place, one with psychologically disturbing ground. It dabbles in the matter of child abuseDark Touch takes the audience into an uncomfortable place, one with psychologically disturbing ground. It dabbles in the matter of child abuse with stylish yet subtle approach, but the slow pacing and lack of resolve might deter some viewers. The film isn't a harrowing encounter, at least not in usual adrenaline rush inducing way of horror or mystery genre, it's more of a thoughtful process to instill doubt and sympathy. However, this endeavor is probably not one audience would like to take part of.

    Neve (Missy Keating) is a little girl who may or may not be abused. There's a stifling air about her, but her fragile self also instinctively draws sympathy. After a while there's a series of incident around her, which may harm her parents and anyone who tries to help her. What great about this premise is the acting of the lead child actor, Missy Keating. Not many young actors could perform as well as she does.

    She embodies an interestingly frail persona, but it's still unclear whether she's the origin of misfortune or the victim, or even disturbed in an entirely supernatural way. Keating looks like a genuine troubled child, yet occasionally possessing daunting confidence. With her convincing performance, the movie at least accomplishes half of its goal.

    The child abuse aspect needs to be addressed delicately, and the movie has done so with a good restraint. Unfortunately, the pacing is troublesome. There's really little suspense at the buildup, furthermore it only gets momentum after about halfway. At this point there are some random events that haven't been cleared, and ironically despite its more engaging approach the film sometimes resorts into cliché tactics.

    Dark Touch is a display to bring emotions, parts of it are open to interpretation, although this might not deliver as strong message as it would like. It still has an unsettling aura with a good lead performance and relatable theme, even though the foray there is exhausting.
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  5. May 23, 2014
    5
    Una pelicula Que el tema del que habla es una verdad. mostrado deuna forma muy cruel. buenos efectos eso si y te mantiene atento a saber queUna pelicula Que el tema del que habla es una verdad. mostrado deuna forma muy cruel. buenos efectos eso si y te mantiene atento a saber que es lo que quiere hacer la principal de la pelicula Expand

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