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None of the seven reviews indexed by [[Rotten Tomatoes]] were favorable, resulting in a score of 0%.
Taylor Hoppe thought this movie sucked.

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S. Darko
S Darko poster.jpg
DVD cover
Directed by Chris Fisher
Produced by Adam Fields
Written by Screenplay:
Nathan Atkins
Richard Kelly
Starring Daveigh Chase
Briana Evigan
Ed Westwick
James Lafferty
Music by Ed Harcourt
Cinematography Marvin V. Rush
Edited by Kent Beyda
Silver Nitrate Productions
Distributed by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Release date
May 12, 2009 (2009-05-12)
Running time
103 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $4,000,000[1]

S. Darko: A Donnie Darko Tale is a 2009 film directed by Chris Fisher and stars Daveigh Chase, Briana Evigan, and Ed Westwick. It is the sequel to the 2001 cult-hit Donnie Darko. The film was released direct-to-video on DVD and Blu-ray on May 12, 2009 in United States,[2] and on July 6, 2009 in Europe.[3]


In 1995, Samantha Darko (Chase) follows her rebellious best friend Corey (Evigan) on a cross-country road trip from Virginia to California in an attempt to become professional dancers with help from Corey's father. Their dreams are cut short when their water pump blows outside of Conejo Springs, a tiny Utah town. They are saved by the town bad boy, Randy (Westwick) and he takes the two girls into town to get their car repaired and then to the local motel where they meet the conspiracy-loving owner. He tells him of Billy Moorcroft, a boy that went missing. Samantha starts sleepwalking. The future version of her meets Justin (Lafferty) at the windmill. She tells him that in 4 days, 17 hours, 26 minutes, and 31 seconds the world will end. Justin knows this and says, "She told me you would come." The next morning Samantha wakes up on a bus stop bench. A policeman finds her and tells her that there is a "pervert" wandering around town. He offers to drive her back to the motel but the two end up stopping at the site where a meteorite crashed. Samantha tells Corey that she doesn't remember what happened the night before.

While at the Kozy Cafe, a science-loving geek, Jeremy (Rathbone), tries to talk about the meteorite with Samantha, who barely responds. Randy invites the two girls to a 4th of July party, where Corey gets drunk and Samantha encounters Jeremy again. While she is talking with Randy and Corey, Samantha gets pushed in the pool where she floats mindlessly before coming up. Randy takes her into the house to dry off and he tells her of his brother who went missing and how hard it has been on his family. He makes a comment about Corey that Samantha dislikes and so she leaves. Future Samantha stands in the middle of a road and is nearly hit by a car of speeding teenagers; Justin sees her and is entranced. Her ghost takes him to the local nondenominational church and commands him to burn it down using the same command that Frank gave to her brother; "Burn it to the ground."

The next day they find Justin's army dog tags in the ashes of the church. Samantha encounters Trudy at the local bank, who tells her of her love for Jesus. Next she runs into Jeremy, who is beginning to show signs of radiation exposure. Subsequently, we see that Justin has begun work on forging a bunny-skull mask out of metal, saying he needs to help "his princess." Samantha wanders the town and soon encounters Randy and Corey who are driving around. Samantha tells Corey how she wants to get out of the town but Corey seems irritated at this, claiming that she doesn't want to leave because they're "having fun." When Samantha says otherwise, Corey asks if Samantha has better things to do, such as "trying to off herself again." Samantha is hurt by this and walks away. Randy encourages Corey to go apologize and she insults him by calling him the "small town drunk," he then kicks her out of his car. Corey calls Samantha's name as Randy begins to drive away but another car suddenly comes out of nowhere and collides with Randy's. When the crash is over, they see that he has run over Samantha.

Corey is full of anguish about her best friend's death. She goes through her things and finds The Philosophy of Time Travel by Roberta Sparrow as well as a paper that Samantha wrote as a child, as first seen in Donnie Darko, entitled The Last Unicorn. It tells of a princess and a boy named Justin. The boy in the red pajamas appears, commanding Corey to come with him in order to save Samantha. She tells him that she would do anything to bring back Samantha. She follows him to a cave where she goes through a portal that takes her back in time. Everything moves backwards to when Samantha is walking down the road. Corey and Randy drive up to Samantha again and when they stop, Corey is nicer to her. She tells Samantha that she lied about her father and proceeds to tell her to get out of the town if she can. They smile at each other and Samantha backs away as Randy begins to drive off. The other car, having previously been shown being pulled into a time portal in the sky, appears and crashes into Randy's car, this time killing Corey.

Samantha is devastated at Corey's death. After another sleep walking incident, she sees a dress in the window of the vintage shop Jeremy's parents own. It is the same dress she wears as Future Samantha. Jeremy sees her admiring it and beings talking more about the meteorite he bought. Samantha notices tissue damage on Jeremy's arm and when told about it, he quickly covers it up and calls it a rash. Randy rides past on his bicycle and stops, trying to apologize for his part in what happened. Samantha then seeks solace in Pastor John, who takes her to a movie theater to imagine God's plan for her life. He makes sexual advances toward her and she responds by storming out. They cross paths with Trudy, who denies to herself that anything suspicious is going on, but mentions that her WWJD bracelet is missing.

Justin settles down on a hill as it becomes darker, wearing his "Frank" mask. Future Samantha appears in front of the movie theater. The sign has changed through out the movie from "TWELVE MONKEYS STRANGE DAYS" to "TEN SAM GET KEYYS N SAVE WORLD". The next morning Samantha wakes up on the hill where Justin is. He takes The Philosophy of Time Travel from her and explains that it was written by his grandmother. He asks her to "show him how to do it" but she doesn't understand. He tells her that he made his mask from a drawing of Donnie's that she showed him. She asks how he knew her brother's name and he responds by saying she told him "when she was dead." Samantha walks away and finds a WWJD bracelet with a key on the ground, the same bracelet Trudy was wearing earlier. The key opens a nearby gate and when Samantha enters, she finds the body of a dead boy, Randy's little brother. When she turns, she also finds the body of the boy in the red pajamas, Billy Moorcroft. She runs away.

She enters to the Kozy Cafe after telling the police about what she saw and everyone applauds her. Everyone is proud that she found the bodies, although they assume that Justin is to blame. He soon enters, asking Samantha to "show him how" again. The police then take him into custody even though Samantha protests. She looks over and sees the Pastor staring at her. That night, Samantha returns to her motel where she is greeted by the sight of the dress she saw at the shop, a gift from Jeremy. He asks her to wear it to see the fireworks with him. She is reluctant but he eventually convinces her. They go to a remote location and Jeremy sees what he calls tesseracts falling from the sky. He becomes manic and Samantha notes that his rash has gotten much worse. He tries to kiss Samantha but she resists and he eventually pushes her back roughly. Her head hits Justin's mask that's on the ground behind them, a sharp horn impales the right side of her head and kills her.

Future Samantha, now identical to regular Samantha, visits Justin in jail. She offers him the glowing feather that has been recurring throughout the movie. Randy tries to find her as fiery tesseracts fall from the sky and eventually finds her where Jeremy left her. Justin approaches and sees his mask, picking it up and putting it on. Justin then goes back in time. He is seen climbing the windmill that was destroyed at the beginning. Justin believes that his death will prevent the series of events that will lead to the end of the world so he stays on the windmill this time and is killed by the meteorite.

It is now the morning after the meteorite landing again. Samantha and Corey visit the site and find the locals are saddened as they take away Justin's body. Samantha, never having experienced the events after the meteorite crash, decides to go back to Virginia (on a bus labeled 404) while Corey stays with Randy. As the film closes, it shows several people who have been (or would have been) affected by the events of the film. Billy is seen looking out from the cave where he is still trapped (however at this point still alive), the motel owner is shown to now own the meteorite rather than Jeremy and starts to scratch his neck due to the radiation exposure, Jeremy is seen making his food in the shape of a rabbit in the cafe, and others; all shown walking to a window and staring up at the sky.



Donnie Darko's writer and director, Richard Kelly, has stated that he has no involvement with S. Darko. He stated "To set the record straight, here's a few facts I'd like to share with you all—I haven't read this script. I have absolutely no involvement with this production, nor will I ever be involved."[4] Chris Fisher, director of S. Darko, noted that he was an admirer of Kelly's film, and that he hoped "to create a similar world of blurred fantasy and reality."[5]

This film was an independent production of Silver Nitrate Productions, and not by Newmarket Films (which produced the original film)—Newmarket had gone dormant by this time. 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, who had the distribution rights to the first Darko, won the right to release S. Darko domestically on home video.

Filming for S. Darko began on May 18, 2008.[5] The crew used the high resolution digital Red One cameras. Musician Ed Harcourt signed to provide the score for the film after he "read the script and loved it."[6] For inspiration he listened to electronic music like Clint Mansell's score for Requiem for a Dream, and he hopes his score will be both "surreal and psychedelic just like the movie."[7] S. Darko was filmed in Coalville, Utah and Magna, Utah.


To promote the movie a viral marketing campaign was launched consisting of three YouTube videos.[8] The first is footage from a surveillance camera showing a dumpster falling from the sky and crushing a child. The second video is that of a conspiracy theorist expressing his beliefs that falling metallic objects that come from the sky, apparently without any rational explanation, that crush on human beings resulting in their death are "Artifacts" from parallel universes that accidentally made contact with our main universe. He believes that unless something is done to prevent this when the two universes meet again further down in time, both of them will be catastrophically destroyed. Examples of such "Artifacts" are the jet engine that killed Donnie Darko, a manhole that decapitated a young girl, the aforementioned dumpster and a meteor shower over Utah that resulted in the death of a local man. The meteor shower is actually one of the main events that happen in the feature film. The third video is a response to the creator of the previous video by a young girl. She accuses him of being a fraud and a hack who doesn't understand what he's talking about because he stole his theories from Roberta Sparrow's book "The Philosophy of Time Travel" that was featured in the original movie. She then proceeds to show him another link between several of these catastrophic events; the hole that opened on the ground from the impact of the falling dumpster, appears to have a similar shape to a drawing of Frank's mask retrieved from the psych file of Donnie Darko. A hunk of twisted, wrought-iron metal pulled from the wreckage of the windmill that was destroyed by the meteor shower in Conejo Springs has the same shape as well.


The A.V. Club gave the film an F, noting that the sequel took "a few simple, surface elements from Donnie Darko and fail[ed] spectacularly in trying to create a franchise."[9]

The Washington Post gave the somewhat better review, calling it average but stating that "The 'Darko' faithful are better off skipping the movie entirely and devoting their attention to the making-of featurette and the commentary track" and that they "have little faith that the moviegoers who once fell in love with Kelly's unique take on teen alienation will see S. Darko as anything more than a very minor pop cultural footnote."[10]

None of the seven reviews indexed by Rotten Tomatoes were favorable, resulting in a score of 0%.

Taylor Hoppe thought this movie sucked.


Bloody-Disgusting reported that 20th Century Fox started working on developing a second sequel to Donnie Darko.[11] The article claims that Richard Kelly may have some involvement with this. Kelly has recently debunked the rumor that he is or will ever be involved with any sequels to Donnie Darko.[12]

S. Darko director Chris Fisher when asked about a sequel replied:[13]

I have no idea, nobody's approached me about it. [S. Darko] needs to reach a new teen audience and it needs to satisfy the audience that already exists. If it does those two things then I think Fox might want to continue the franchise. If people keep seeing these movies then they'll keep making them. It's as simple as that.


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