Dark Water (2005) First came the Ring cycle. Then...the rinse cycle. Yep, even the washing machine houses something sinister in this J-horror remake. Yet Dark Water 's not…
DVD Review

Dark Water (2005)

Ariel Gade, Dark Water (Movie - 2005) | WAVE TO MOMMY Gade (pictured) and Connelly deal with dampened spirits in the creepy-apartment thriller ''Dark Water''
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WAVE TO MOMMY Gade (pictured) and Connelly deal with dampened spirits in the creepy-apartment thriller ''Dark Water''

Details Release Date: Dec 20, 2005; DVD Release Date: Dec 20, 2005; Movie Rated: PG-13; Genre: Mystery and Thriller; With: Jennifer Connelly; Distributor: Buena Vista Pictures

First came the Ring cycle. Then...the rinse cycle. Yep, even the washing machine houses something sinister in this J-horror remake. Yet Dark Water's not as soggy as it sounds. As Dahlia, a single mom menaced by a custody battle, abandonment issues, and gallons of H2O, Jennifer Connelly handles another messy role with grace. Motorcycle Diaries director Walter Salles guides her through the muck with a fairly steady hand, establishing an eerie sense of place with slime green tints and relentless rain-soaked shots. Though the gotcha! finale is as hokey as the original's, the cheap shocks are otherwise kept to a minimum. The forces behind The Grudge 2 should take note.

EXTRAS No commentary, but in four featurettes the creative team spouts off about spooky sounds (editor Daniel Rezende used the heartbeat from his wife's ultrasound to give ''voice'' to Dahlia's migraines); real-life phobias (Ariel Gade, who plays Connelly's 5-year-old daughter, overcame her fear of water during filming); and Roman Polanski (as an homage, John C. Reilly's character is named after the real estate agent in Rosemary's Baby). The deleted scenes, in contrast, are rather skimpy — and entirely skippable.

Originally posted Dec 16, 2005 Published in issue #855 Dec 23, 2005 Order article reprints