Down a Dark Hall

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Down a Dark Hall is more stylish than scary, although its foreboding atmosphere may raise a few goosebumps among younger viewers.



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Kit (AnnaSophia Robb), a difficult young girl, is sent to the mysterious Blackwood Boarding School when her heated temper becomes too much for her mother to handle. Once she arrives at Blackwood, Kit encounters eccentric headmistress Madame Duret (Uma Thurman) and meets the school's only other students, four young women also headed down a troubled path. While exploring the labyrinthine corridors of the school, Kit and her classmates discover that Blackwood Manor hides an age-old secret rooted in the paranormal.


AnnaSophia Robb
as Katherine "Kit" Gordy
Uma Thurman
as Madame Duret
Noah Silver
as Jules Duret

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  • Down a Dark Hall eventually goes Down a Convoluted Tunnel, with some admittedly creepy but also just plain crazy sequences.

    Aug 17, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Rodrigo Cortés' mild supernatural mystery often feels like an incomplete genre exercise; one that reluctantly tiptoes around its "Suspiria"-for-teens premise.

    Aug 17, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • This is a decent modern Gothic thriller handled with sufficient style and a straight face by genre ace Cortés.

    Aug 17, 2018 | Full Review…

    Dennis Harvey

    Top Critic
  • The scares might not satisfy those old enough to vote, but it should provide mild chills for its target audience.

    Aug 16, 2018 | Full Review…
  • With each new element, "Down a Dark Hall" reveals itself, with improbable delight, to be genuinely strange - a movie in which viewers can pick their own pleasure, no two spectators having exactly the same experience.

    Aug 16, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Ultimately, Down a Dark Hall falls victim to familiar teen horror tropes: a brooding lead with a heart of gold, predictable jump scares, wincingly bad romantic tension, and obvious villains.

    Aug 15, 2018 | Full Review…

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  • Jul 05, 2019
    AnnaSophia Robb and Uma Thurman lead the cast in the supernatural horror film Down a Dark Hall. Based on a bestselling book, the story follows a rebellious teenage girl who's sent to a reform school for troubled youth called Blackwood, but she soon discovers that something strange is going on and begins to suspect that she and her fellow students are being used for some nefarious purpose. Robb gives a fairly good performance and director Rodrigo Cortes does an impressive job at creating an atmospheric mood. However, the storytelling is a little weak and lacks strong villains. Also, the supernatural isn't really played for scares, and the scares that are there seem a little out of place. Still, despite its problems, Down a Dark Hall is a creepy thriller full of mystery and intrigue.
    Dann M Super Reviewer

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