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Mickey Keating

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About the Movie

A house sitting job starts a terrifying chain of events as a woman begins to have maddening visions. From the producers of THE INNKEEPERS and HOUSE OF THE DEVIL comes what critics have called the "best horror film of 2016", “explosive” and “absolutely brilliant.”

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 24
  • Fresh: 17
  • Rotten: 7
  • Average Rating: 6.3/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Using the simplest of settings - and familiar genre devices - Mickey Keating's horror outing "Darling" manages to conjure an effectively unsettling miasma. – Andy Webster, New York Times, Mar 31, 2016

Rotten: More likely to dull by repetitive creep than memorably rattle the senses. – Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times, Apr 7, 2016

Fresh: As rip-offs go, it's a well-done, memorable one. – Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter, Mar 29, 2016

Fresh: Keating ... crafts his own stylish take on the psycho and haunting genres in between winks to the classics. – Sara Stewart, New York Post, Mar 31, 2016

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Customer Reviews

Actual Fear

Darling is a movie that delivers on producing actual fear in the hearts of its viewers. In an era where so many “Horror” movie just try to startle you with cheap cuts to momentarily frighting shots that don’t move the plot forward and don’t get your heart racing, Darling goes the other way and produces real, lasting tension that will not only raise your heart rate but leave it there. If you are a fan of Classic Horror go ahead and purchase this film because you will want to watch this one more than once.


I have heard a lot about this movie, and it did not disappoint. The real thing, well done and gets your attention.

Experiment in Cinematic Horror

Mickey Keating's "Darling" may not be particularly original, but it is carefully stylized and modulated exercise in psychological horror that truly transcends his budgetary limitations.

Mac Fisken's cinematography is meticulous and easily recalls a sort of mashup of Gordon Willis, Gilbert Taylor and Sven Nyqvist. Yes, you read me right. Fisken manages to recreate visual suspense intermingled with beauty. Valerie Krulfeifer's editing is a perfect match for Keating's odd retro-horror stylings. Giona Ostinelli's musical score is equally effective.

But the key collaborating artist is Lauren Ashley Carter. In the film's title role, this actor's babydoll huge eyes and on-screen presence manage to both aid in the building of fear and menace. This actress literally haunts the screen.

Keating is not concerned with plot. "Darling" has only one real purpose: it wants to not only get under your skin but into your mind as well. Lo-fi but exceptionally crated from all perspectives, this film fully signals that Mickey Keating is playing for keeps.

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