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Ratings & Reviews

  1. J.J. 'Jake' Gittes's rating of the film The Dark Valley

    This immediately reminded me of Clint Eastwood, Quentin Tarantino & Sergio Corbucci. Which is not bad. In other words: it got all the ingredients it needs to have. Originally I thought this is a B-movie; but it's definitely not. Superb acting, wonderful camera, good script. Give it a try.

  2. Jacob Haisley's rating of the film The Dark Valley

    Watched 5 minutes of it. Stupid. If you're gonna make a Western in 2014, don't scream LOOK AT ME I'M A WESTERN in the first few scenes. Just take a frontier or transitional setting and tell an interesting story.

  3. Josh the Bookseller's rating of the film The Dark Valley

    Really some of the finest revenge-porn money can buy, but unfortunately the brutality is several times undercut by puzzling music choices. Did it honestly take ten years for shit-tier mid-aughts iPod-commercial rock to hit Austria? And how many people okay'd the use of that music for this gnarly, satisfying Western? Fire the bastards, keep the rest.

  4. David R Williams's rating of the film The Dark Valley

    4th star more for the potential here than the actual film. Beautifully shot. The winter scenery is spectacular. Strong performances. But overall, a tad too mannered. This could have gone so much darker, so much more visceral. A lost opportunity.

  5. Corey's rating of the film The Dark Valley

    Wonderful movie. Beautifully shot. It's almost like a slow-burn western.

  6. Bernardo Anderson's rating of the film The Dark Valley

    This was a gorgeously shot film in a beautiful location. Typical Western story. Mysterious good guy walks into a town run by bad guys. Cleans up the place, walks into the sunset. Even the sort-of twist ending was just meh. I wish there was more to this. But the whole thing left me with no sense of purpose to the film.

  7. Zac's rating of the film The Dark Valley

    This was actually a really good movie. It reminds me of the author Louis Lamour who wrote westerns where an unknown man comes into a town and not meaning to but actually ends up saving the town and the people in it. The director did a great job. The characters did so as well.

  8. Thomas Hulse's rating of the film The Dark Valley

    Sinner Man sounds way too much like Cinnamon, and somebody at some point in the editing process should have noticed this.

  9. Jim Kleban's rating of the film The Dark Valley

    Collective societal guilt portrayed in a cowboy film? Could have worked but characters were zero dimensional.

  10. Kyle Carpenter's rating of the film The Dark Valley

    While the story defied my assumptions, it wasn't the most stunning to me. However, this film is filled to the brim with beautiful cinematography that I believe makes the watch entirely worth while. You can feel the cold and relentless despair of the atmosphere, and the true uncertainty the conclusion brings. I would enjoy watching again.

  11. Miguel_GFloyd's rating of the film The Dark Valley

    With all the grit and entertainment value one could ask for, The Dark Valley delivers through a well made cinematic ambience reminiscent of an old western. Taking place in the Alps, there's rarely ever a dull moment in the cinematography of the film since there is always so much to look at and enjoy as it adds to the desolate atmosphere of the film. All of it contributes to a climax worth the watching experience.

  12. Shane Schenck's rating of the film The Dark Valley

    The film felt very slow to me but still kept me interested. Reminded me a lot of true grit. The scenery was absolutely phenomenal but the acting on the other hand needs some work. It was a good film but I don't think I'd want to watch it again.

  13. Slappy McGee's rating of the film The Dark Valley

    (4.5 stars) Perhaps a 5-star movie for me after I give it some time to settle in my head. This was a GORGEOUSLY shot film with great acting and a very cool narrative. Some nice symbolism and thematic elements at work here. The director puts together a fantastic film that could have easily fallen into a "genre" film trap of cliches, but instead elevates the material into an intricately crafted story.

  14. Christofer Aniel's rating of the film The Dark Valley

    Surprisingly entertaining, The Dark Valley is a well-paced film that slowly unravels the depressing history behind a small town. I grew to like Greider as his motives were revealed. The ominous sounds scattered throughout the film set the mood while the cinematography provided breathtaking shots of the Alps. The film is a revenge tale with a satisfying finale, no mercy included.

  15. Kevin's rating of the film The Dark Valley

    I am not prolific in Westerns, but the cinematography and story made it impossible to put down. It does not entice one to visit the Alps, especially not more than a hundred years ago. I would see another by this director if it comes on MUBI.

  16. Eric Rucker's rating of the film The Dark Valley

    Worst case: a shallow exercise in style. Best case: a bizarre allegory? Hitler made us do it. When they came for the Jews I said nothing, then my neighbors, etc. America liberates them from themselves, but they're scared of true freedom, so they want to kill GI Joe, but he rides off. Many years later, in thanks, they breed skinheads and far right devils who want to kill him symbolically by beating immigrants.

  17. turnerBroadcast p3Dr0's rating of the film The Dark Valley

    There is a driving element to this film that takes the different threads of its story line and ties them up neatly. But it doesn't use a bow. It uses a hemp rope. There is a saying - Revenge is a dish best served cold. Dark Valley, set in the biting cold of winter - warns us that somethings should not be spoken of. A hidden menace stirs beneath the surface. But there is also courage and justice. Excellent film

  18. Saar's rating of the film The Dark Valley

    It's a western. It is set in a new location. The alps. It is pretty good, bad stuff happens but they PG13 it. The story is good but by mid movie you have figured the end. The logic is "weak". ie why would I do X if I could kill them doing Y. Like the predator had logic, aliens,etc this a little weak on that department. So I deducted one star.

  19. David Richards's rating of the film The Dark Valley

    I really liked this grim Alpine revenge tale. The songs almost spoiled it for me, particularly during a climactic moment in the film. I really don't understand why it was there. The song, sung in English oddly enough, spoiled the tension of the moment. The mediocre version of "Sinnerman," used at the beginning and end of the film, was annoying, but somewhat less distracting.

  20. Stefan Drees's rating of the film The Dark Valley

    Prochaska's film is a dark and archaic drama between heimatfilm and neo-western. A good portion of its effect derives from the atmospheric staging of the repellent and menacing winter landscape.

  21. Bram Vroonland's rating of the film The Dark Valley

    Prochaska has all the visual tools one could possibly need to become a great director, this film was eye candy from start to finish. Now he only has to let go of the script. The story really wasn't up to par with the rest of the film.

  22. muh.'s rating of the film The Dark Valley

    (3.5) A revenge western movie set in an isolated Austrian village run by a shifty family. Sure, the typical tropes are here but it's nonetheless interesting and exciting but I would've liked better if it went full Peckinpah. And the landscape and photography. Gosh.

  23. Glue Sniffer's rating of the film The Dark Valley

    Bardzo dobry western. Film zrealizowany na wysokim poziomie z dobrą fabułą, grą aktorską i zdjęciami.Polecam!

  24. SafeStanding's rating of the film The Dark Valley

    Very sloooow burning movie, brooding and building it's as it goes. Superb cinematography with a deep and moody setting, creating the perfect atmosphere for this dark tale. Only letdown was the poor musical score.

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