You would think that there would be more horror films relating to Native American mythology, considering:
- They practiced magic, and prided themselves in their spiritual connections
- Settlers stole their land, and massacred their people, so there are probably some resentful spirits
- Some tribes were extremely violent, which can leave a mark on the soul
- There is a strong possibility that homes are built over Native American burial sites.
This sets up so many fascinating opportunities in the horror genre, and only a few well-known films have jumped on the idea. 2005's The Amityville Horror used Native American torture to explain the malicious presence that drove people to mutilate their families. 1982's Poltergeist focused on a home built over a Native American burial ground, resulting in an evil presence tormenting a family. We are long overdue for a new story to be told, and it looks like Blumhouse Productions's The Darkness will deliver that story on Friday, the 13th of May.
Following a family vacation to the Grand Canyon, the youngest family member, Mikey, brings home more than his family intended. After learning about Anasazi folklore regarding spirits living within the rocky mountainside, Mikey wanders inside, possibly awakening an unnatural force. After bringing home rocks with odd markings, and reciting ritualistic chants, Mikey raises ancient spirits, and releases a curse upon his family.
Directed by Greg McLean (Wolf Creek), The Darkness is equipped with a strong cast, including Kevin Bacon (Stir of Echos), Radha Mitchell (Silent Hill), David Mazouz (Gotham), and Jennifer Morrison (Once Upon a Time) among others. Check out the trailer below: