History Film / DarkSkies

17th Apr '16 3:21:38 AM jormis29
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* AllTheoriesAreTrue: Pop-culture notions of alien abductions, crop circles and other 'supernatural' occurrences are shown to be true in the context of the story.

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* AllTheoriesAreTrue: Pop-culture notions of alien abductions, crop circles {{Alien Abduction}}s, CropCircles and other 'supernatural' occurrences are shown to be true in the context of the story.
24th Oct '15 11:02:00 AM Morgenthaler
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* GenreSavvy: The mother, Lacy, gets a better understanding of the crop circles, mass bird attractions, lost time, etc. via the internet.
21st Jan '15 1:04:43 PM KizunaTallis
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* AnimalMetaphor: The injured lizard in the beginning. This constitutes a bit of {{foreshadowing}} here early in the game. Mother asks if the younger son's "nursing" it back to health is "compassion or torture," father jokingly replies, "I'll go with the latter."

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* AngryGuardDog: Lacy adopts an especially aggressive German Shepard to serve as this late in the movie.
* AnimalMetaphor: The injured lizard in the beginning. This constitutes a bit of {{foreshadowing}} here early in the game. Mother Lacy asks if the younger son's Sammy's attempts at "nursing" it back to health is "compassion or torture," father and Daniel jokingly replies, "I'll go with the latter."



* CassandraTruth: No one believes the family when they say that something horrible is happening to them, especially at the end when [[spoiler:Jesse is taken by the aliens]].



* TheChessmaster: [[spoiler: The aliens have a secret plan that no mere mortal human can know and play mindgames with the family. Their mindgames serve to isolate them from people from the outside who could assist them or aid in reducing the psychological tension, which at least ''seems'' to be part of their plan.]]
* ClearTheirName: The family is suspected, at various points, of abuse and foul-play [[spoiler: in their son's abduction]]
* CosmicHorrorStory: [[spoiler: The world is pretty much controlled by godlike beings whose motivations and reasoning is beyond human comprehension. We are simply used as experiments by them and there's no way we're going to fight them off, because ''they already took over everything without us knowing''. Their plots can be thwarted but only on the off-chance that you make yourself such an annoyance that they decide to just start the experiment again with someone less irritating. The heroes fail to do so, just as expected.]]
* CreepyChild: The youngest son is this at times.
* [[spoiler: DownerEnding: The protagonists fail to fight off the aliens and their eldest son is taken. And because nobody believes their insane story, they are now being investigated for his disappearance and could possibly have their other son taken away. The only bright spot is the very last scene which implies that the aliens may have decided to return the elder son. The alternate ending is even worse; ending with the remaining child's nose massively bleeding like the father's earlier which implies that after taking the elder son, the aliens might still come back to take the younger son, too.]]

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* TheChessmaster: [[spoiler: The aliens have a secret plan that no mere mortal human can know and play mindgames with the family. Their mindgames serve to isolate them from people from the outside who could assist them or aid in reducing the psychological tension, which at least ''seems'' to be part of their plan.]]
plan]].
* ClearTheirName: The family is suspected, at various points, of abuse and foul-play [[spoiler: in their son's abduction]]
abduction]].
* CosmicHorrorStory: [[spoiler: The world is pretty much controlled by godlike SufficientlyAdvancedAlien beings whose motivations and reasoning is are beyond human comprehension. We are simply used as experiments by them and there's no way we're going to fight them off, because ''they already took over everything without us knowing''. Their plots can be thwarted but only on the off-chance that you make yourself such an annoyance that they decide to just start the experiment again with someone less irritating. The heroes fail to do so, just as expected.]]
* CreepyChild: The youngest son son, Sammy, is this at times.
* [[spoiler: DownerEnding: [[spoiler: The protagonists fail to fight off the aliens and their eldest son is taken. And because nobody believes their insane story, they are now being investigated for his disappearance and could possibly have their other son taken away. The only bright spot is the very last scene which implies that the aliens may have decided to return the elder son. The alternate ending is even worse; ending with the remaining child's nose massively bleeding like the father's earlier which implies that after taking the elder son, the aliens might still come back to take the younger son, too.]]



* GenreSavvy: The Mom gets a better understanding of the crop circles, mass bird attractions, lost time, etc. via the internet.
* HermitGuru: While not a hermit living in a cave ''per se'', the SmartGuy who enlightens the parents before the PapaWolf turning point in the film, does have some things in common with Hermit Gurus in general; e.g. the crazy apartment he lives in, which the camera takes pains to show us extensively; the number of cats he has; and, most importantly, his social isolation.
* InscrutableAliens: The narrative tells us outright that the advanced aliens' true motives cannot be known by mere humans.

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* GenreSavvy: The Mom mother, Lacy, gets a better understanding of the crop circles, mass bird attractions, lost time, etc. via the internet.
* HermitGuru: While not a hermit living in a cave ''per se'', the SmartGuy who enlightens the parents before the PapaWolf PapaWolf[-/-]MamaBear turning point in the film, does have some things in common with Hermit Gurus in general; e.g. the crazy apartment he lives in, which the camera takes pains to show us extensively; the number of cats he has; and, most importantly, his social isolation.
* InscrutableAliens: The narrative tells us outright that the advanced aliens' true motives cannot be known understood by mere humans.



* NightmareFuelColoringBook: Sam's drawings are either inspired by the works of Alberto Giacometti or he's having Close Encounters of the CGI Kind.

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* NightmareFuelColoringBook: Sam's Sammy's drawings are either inspired of the aliens. In her research on the subject, Lacy sees that other children of families targeted by the works of Alberto Giacometti or he's having Close Encounters of aliens drew the CGI Kind.same exact things. Later on, [[spoiler:Lacy finds some of Jesse's childhood drawings depicting the aliens too]].



* TheSmartGuy: The expert on alien abductions who helps lead the parents to accept what's happening, [[spoiler: conveniently right before the aliens abduct the son.]]

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* TheSmartGuy: The expert on alien abductions who helps lead the parents to accept what's happening, [[spoiler: conveniently right before the aliens abduct the son.]]son]].
1st Jan '15 2:06:10 AM salmondance
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* AnimalMetaphor: The creepy pet reptile at the beginning. This constitutes a bit of {{foreshadowing}} here early in the game. Mother asks if the younger son's "nursing" it back to health is "compassion or torture," father jokingly replies, "I'll go with the latter."

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* AnimalMetaphor: The creepy pet reptile at injured lizard in the beginning. This constitutes a bit of {{foreshadowing}} here early in the game. Mother asks if the younger son's "nursing" it back to health is "compassion or torture," father jokingly replies, "I'll go with the latter."
1st Jan '15 2:02:45 AM salmondance
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** Feeling like a lab rat, a part of an experiment that you have no idea even exists in the first place.
28th Dec '14 11:20:37 PM TheFlash
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* YouHaveToBelieveMe: The mother wants the cop and her husband to believe her that there's something going on in the house and they just play it off as one of the kids going off the deep end. The first three-quarters of the film is the mother against the father within the framework of the aforementioned MotherNatureFatherScience. [[spoiler: Even the their lawyer doesn't believe them about what exactly happened to their son.]]

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* YouHaveToBelieveMe: The mother wants the cop and her husband to believe her that there's something going on in the house and they just play it off as one of the kids going off the deep end. The first three-quarters of the film is the mother against the father within the framework of the aforementioned MotherNatureFatherScience. [[spoiler: Even the their lawyer doesn't believe them about what exactly happened to their son.]]
15th Sep '14 8:04:24 AM dangerdan97
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* CatapultNightmare: The mother has one after waking from a dream where she thought that she lost control of her body and harmed herself in public.

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* CatapultNightmare: The mother has one after waking from a dream where she thought that she lost control of her body and harmed herself in public. [[spoiler: Then she learns [[RealAfterAll it actually happened]].]]
3rd Sep '14 1:13:59 AM Willbyr
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Dark Skies is a 2013 horror film about a typical American suburban family suddenly beset by strange occurrences: things are stacked in odd and impossible ways, crop-circle designs appear, hundreds of birds smash into the house, and one of the children reports nightly visits from a strange figure he calls "the sandman." The story is deeply psychological, with much of the dramatic tension coming from the inability of the characters to prove to the world outside the family just what is happening to them.

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Dark Skies ''Dark Skies'' is a 2013 horror film about a typical American suburban family suddenly beset by strange occurrences: things are stacked in odd and impossible ways, crop-circle designs appear, hundreds of birds smash into the house, and one of the children reports nightly visits from a strange figure he calls "the sandman." The story is deeply psychological, with much of the dramatic tension coming from the inability of the characters to prove to the world outside the family just what is happening to them.









* ShoutOut: To E.T.A. Hoffmann's 19th-century gothic short-story ''TheSandman'', which the older son reads to the younger as a bedtime story. Both stories play with ThroughTheEyesOfMadness and UnreliableNarrator extensively. There's also some parallels in the RomanticismVersusEnlightenment of the mother and father (respectively) in ''Sandman'' to the MotherNatureFatherScience in ''Dark Skies''. More generally, both works operate on the fear of someone in the story being the unwitting subject of a strange and ghastly experiment by TheConspiracy.

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* ShoutOut: To E.T.A. Hoffmann's 19th-century gothic short-story ''TheSandman'', ''The Sandman'', which the older son reads to the younger as a bedtime story. Both stories play with ThroughTheEyesOfMadness and UnreliableNarrator extensively. There's also some parallels in the RomanticismVersusEnlightenment of the mother and father (respectively) in ''Sandman'' to the MotherNatureFatherScience in ''Dark Skies''. More generally, both works operate on the fear of someone in the story being the unwitting subject of a strange and ghastly experiment by TheConspiracy.


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15th Aug '14 7:53:42 PM jacobr1020
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* [[spoiler: DownerEnding: The protagonists fail to fight off the aliens and their eldest son is taken. And because nobody believes their insane story they are now being investigated for his disappearance. The only bright spot is the very last scene which implies that the aliens may have decided to return the elder son. The alternate ending is even worse; ending with the remaining child's nose massively bleeding like the father's earlier which implies that after taking the elder son, the aliens might still come back to take the younger son, too.]]

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* [[spoiler: DownerEnding: The protagonists fail to fight off the aliens and their eldest son is taken. And because nobody believes their insane story story, they are now being investigated for his disappearance.disappearance and could possibly have their other son taken away. The only bright spot is the very last scene which implies that the aliens may have decided to return the elder son. The alternate ending is even worse; ending with the remaining child's nose massively bleeding like the father's earlier which implies that after taking the elder son, the aliens might still come back to take the younger son, too.]]
10th Apr '14 9:46:21 AM HighOctaneAwesome
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** In a partial subversion, the "alien expert" the family talks to says he's doubtful of the existence of insectoid or reptilian aliens.
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