The Independent Critic – “The Darkness Within” a Solid Psychological Horror/Thriller

If there’s one thing we learn for sure from writer/director Dom Portalla’s suspense/thriller The Darkness Within, it’s that Portalla can write one heck of a suspenseful and involving story. While the film occasionally is hindered by spotty acting and those inevitable production issues that show up with micro-budgeted films, The Darkness Within is truly one of those rare indie suspense/thrillers that really works with an ending that is quite the stunner. (more…)

Film Threat review of “The Darkness Within”

Dom Portalla’s award-winning “The Darkness Within” is a psychological-thriller that messes with the mind in that surreptitious way that shocker-addicts only dream about, but very rarely see in contemporary film. With an ending that will trip up even the most seasoned chiller-investigator, “Darkness” has a tightly constructed plot that seems cut from the same MacGuffin-ridden cloth as the one used by Hitchcock—and that’s quite a feat. (more…)

“The Darkness Within” named among top films of 2010!

Ted “Ritualistic” Brown of The Liberal Dead & James Cortez of The Blood Sprayer have included “The Darkness Within” among their favorite films of 2010! Check out what they have to say below.

“Drama, horror, suspense, and comedy all blended into a tight knit package that delivers in every way.”
-Ritualistic’s Top Five Flicks of 2010

“The Darkness Within is a great slice of psychological horror with more than a few passing nods to some of the genre’s greatest films (most notably, The Shining).”
-Cortez The Killer’s Year End List-O-Rama!

From Midnight, With Love review of “The Darkness Within”

Like most independent horror films out there that are fighting for their chance, I had no knowledge of The Darkness Within until it showed up over at Planet of Terror – the place where independent horror films come to light.  Thanks to a giveaway on that site via the illustrious Cortez the Killer, a copy made its way to my doorstep and I sat down with the film by writer/director/editor Dom Portalla. (more…)

Planet of Terror Interview

To anyone that will listen, I’ve been saying for the past two years or so that the horror genre is singlehandedly being carried by independent filmmakers. Challenging conventions while not adhering at all to your standard tropes, these fearless filmmakers are giving a much needed shot to the arm to a genre that is rife with unoriginal storytelling. These filmmakers, much like the one in today’s featured interview, aren’t at all afraid to take risks. And of course, they’re here to scare the piss out of you.  (more…)

The Man-Cave Interview with director Dom Portalla

ETMC: Hi Dom and thanks for stopping by. Do you like how I introduced as if you were coming onto a late night talk show?

Dom: Genius, sir. Naturally, I’d be the guy who trips and faceplants as I walk to shake the host’s hand, so this actually works out better and spares me the embarrassment.

ETMC: Ok so Dom. I absolutely loved The Darkness Within. I won’t give anything away, but it certainly was not what I expected and I mean that with the highest flattery. A real brain tickler that I thought about well after I popped it out of my DVD player. So I want to ask you where the idea for this film came from?

Dom: When I was in college, I had been working on a modern re-imagining of a classic Edgar Allen Poe short story. The idea was to make a short film, probably only 20-30 minutes long, which would take place mostly in one apartment and focus mainly on voyeurism. I had about half of a script written and a ton of notes before I ended up putting it on the shelf to work on Duality, which became my first feature. A few years later, I’m standing outside my apartment talking to my neighbor. In the midst of making small talk, he drops this really creepy comment on me about always seeing me through my windows (I was living in a basement apartment at the time). It immediately triggered a bunch of ideas and made me revisit some of the material I had written previously. From that, The Darkness Within was born.

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Enter The Man-Cave Review of “The Darkness Within”

By Enter The Man-Cave

I have always thought that the worst mental prison for anyone is to be a victim of paranoia. Paranoid delusions blur the lines between reality and whatever world is being constructed in a paranoid person’s mind. This affliction can cause a sense of constant stress, discomfort when interacting within crowds, distrust of everyone including loved ones, and worst of all, mentally detaching yourself from the real world into a realm of cold and darkness. (more…)