And Soon the Darkness (2010 film)

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And Soon the Darkness
And Soon the Darkness Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Marcos Efron
Produced by Chris Clar
Lizzie Friedman
Karen Lauder
Deborah Marcus
Written by Marcos Efron
Jennifer Derwingson
Starring Amber Heard
Karl Urban
Odette Annable
Music by tomandandy
Cinematography Todd E. Miller
Edited by Gabriel Beristain
Abandon Pictures
RedRum Films
Sandbar Pictures
Utópica Cine
Distributed by Anchor Bay Entertainment
Optimum Releasing
Release date
  • December 17, 2010 (2010-12-17)
Running time
91 minutes
Country United States
Language English

And Soon the Darkness is a 2010 American mystery thriller film directed by Marcos Efron,[1] starring Karl Urban, Amber Heard, and Odette Annable.[2] It is a remake of the 1970 British film And Soon the Darkness. The screenplay was written by Jennifer Derwingson and Marcos Efron.[3]


Stephanie and Ellie, two young American women, decide to stay in a small hotel on their last night in Argentina. After a drunken night at the local bar, where they encounter some of the local men, the two miss the bus that was supposed to take them to their destination. Since the bus only comes once per day, they begin their trip and head down to the nearby river to relax and enjoy their extra day off.

The trip takes a turn for the worse when the two are separated after a heated argument, and Ellie is kidnapped. While Stephanie desperately searches for her friend, she is joined by Michael, an American who claims to be looking for his girlfriend who disappeared months before.[4]

The duo is assisted by the town's only police officer, who acts oddly suspicious. Stephanie finds the hide-out where the kidnapper has taken Ellie and manages to rescue her, but Ellie is later killed in the escape by the man who kidnapped her.

The policeman appears and lures Stephanie in his car. By finding her passport there, she understands that the lone police officer was behind all the missing girls. Michael grabs the policeman's weapon. The policeman offers to trade Michael's girlfriend, Camila, for Stephanie. Michael agrees but is shot by the policeman using a second weapon.

Stephanie is taken by the policeman and the kidnapper to be sold. This time she escapes herself by jumping off a boat and kills the kidnapper. On the shore, she is caught by the buyer and the policeman, but escapes again. She is eventually able to kill the policeman near the Paraguayan border.


  • Amber Heard as Stephanie
  • Karl Urban as Michael
  • Odette Annable as Ellie
  • Gia Mantegna as Camila
  • Adriana Barraza as Rosamaria
  • Michel Noher as Chucho
  • Luis Sabatini as Luca
  • César Vianco as Calvo
  • Maria Salome Cari as Cleaning Woman
  • Matias Paz Conde as Skinny Guy
  • Andrea Verdun as Waitress
  • Nicolas Dolensky as Cute Guy
  • Hugo Miranda as Man
  • Walter Pena as Mechanic
  • Javier Luna as Bar Owner
  • Esteban Pastrana as Barman
  • Daniel Figuereido as Pedro
  • Jorge Booth as Hernán


The film was shot in March 2009 in Argentina.[5]


The film was released on February 18, 2010, as part of the European film market in Germany and was scheduled for a theatrical release on February 11, 2011, over Optimum Releasing in the United Kingdom.[6] On May 14, 2010, Anchor Bay acquired the rights for US distribution of the film, giving it a limited theatrical run starting December 17, 2010. It was released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc on December 28, 2010.[7]


Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a critic score of 17% and an audience score of 16%.[8]


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