Darklands (film)

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Directed by Julian Richards
Produced by Paul Brooks, Peter Edwards, Alan Martin, Clive Waldron
Written by Julian Richards
Starring Craig Fairbrass
Jon Finch
Rowena King
Music by David Hughes
John Murphy
Cinematography Zoran Djordjevic
Edited by Mark Talbot-Butler
Release date
26 November 1997
Running time
85 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Budget ₤500,000[1]
Box office ₤11,000[1]

Darklands is a British horror film written and directed by Julian Richards, starring Craig Fairbrass, Jon Finch, Rowena King, which was released in 1997.[2][3]

Richards wrote the screenplay after attending the Beltane Fire Festival in Edinburgh. It was produced by Paul Brooks at Metrodome Films.

Dubbed "the Welsh Wicker Man" by the UK press, Darklands is possibly the first home grown Welsh horror film.[4]


Darklands follows journalist Frazer Truick as he investigates the mysterious death of the brother of trainee journalist Rachel Morris. Delving deeper, Truick becomes convinced that the tragedy was murder, committed by a bizarre religious cult. But as the evidence unfolds, things take on a more sinister and potentially lethal significance for the reporter, as he becomes embroiled in devil worship, witchcraft and ultimately human sacrifice.


In 1998 Darklands was theatrically released in the UK by Metrodome Films, released on VHS by Pathé and broadcast by ITV.

Darklands is available on DVD in Germany (Splended Films), France, Fox Film Corporation and Spain (Filmax).

On 20 November 2012 Darklands will be released on DVD in the USA and Canada by MVD Distribution.


  • Critics' Award - Fantasporto
  • Méliès d'Argent - Grand Prize of European Fantasy Film in Silver - Fantasporto
  • Best Screenplay - Fantasporto
  • Special Jury Award - Fantasporto
  • Best Independent Feature Award - Festival of Fantastic Films (UK)
  • Silver Remi Award - WorldFest Houston


Critical reaction[edit]

'Action horror with elements of The Wicker Man ' - Variety.[5]


  1. ^ a b Alexander Walker, Icons in the Fire: The Rise and Fall of Practically Everyone in the British Film Industry 1984-2000, Orion Books, 2005 p274-275
  2. ^ New York Times
  3. ^ Total Film
  4. ^ Britishhorrorfilms.co.uk
  5. ^ Variety

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