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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, 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. 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 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. Collapse
  2. 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

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