Dark Skies

Theatrical Release: February 22, 2013
Dark Skies


As husband and wife Daniel and Lacey Barrett witness an escalating series of disturbing events involving their family, their safe and peaceful home quickly unravels. When it becomes clear that the Barrett family is being targeted by an unimaginably terrifying and deadly force, Daniel and Lacey take matters in their own hands to solve the mystery of what is after their family.

Dove Review

This is a creepy movie, creepy and a bit spooky. In one scene Lacey Barrett (Keri Russell) goes into her son’s room to check on him at night and a tall, frightening figure of a shadow that resembles Nosferatu is seen lurking by the bed. The effect is, well, effective. She and her husband Daniel (Josh Hamilton) guard their children, Jesse and Sam, as best as they can while living a normal life. She sells homes and Daniel, unemployed, spends his time searching for work. But the abnormal keeps creeping in and after doing an internet search and listing the odd occurrences happening in their home, such as birds crashing into their windows and the side of the house and dying, Lacey learns that it might be aliens wanting to take one of their children.

She contacts an expert in the field named Edwin Pollard (J.K. Simmons) that tells them what they can do to try to stand up to the aliens whom he refers to as “grays”. Their family must unite to fight the inherent danger. This is a nice theme but sadly the movie contains strong language in addition to implied marijuana use by teens and teens watching porn on TV and therefore we are unable to award our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal to the movie.

Content Description

Sex: A husband and wife kiss and make out a bit although nothing is graphic; teen boy and girl kiss; kids watch porn on TV and it contains a scene in which a man fondles a woman's clothed breast and then later a teen boy does this to a teen girl's clothed breast; sexual moans by woman is heard on TV.
Language: J/JC-2; For C*rist Sake-1; G/OMG-4; F-1; S-5; BS-1; B-3; P-1; H (as a place)-1; H-1; Butt-1; Slang for breasts-1; Slang for female genitalia-1
Violence: Many birds crash into windows and side of house and blood is left and they die; woman bumps head into glass over and over and has a bloody wound on head; man puts gun under his chin and a shot is heard but he really doesn't commit suicide; a man in frustration pounds his brief case on his car; blood is seen splattered on a wall.
Drugs: Marijuana is seen and its use by teens is implied; champagne and wine and drinking including beer; man smokes cigarette; woman takes medication for her nerves.
Nudity: Woman wears T-shirt and thighs are seen; people wearing swim wear at pool and shirtless boys and men and a girl in a bikini are seen.
Other: A few jump scenes including birds suddenly crashing into house and windows of house; tall figures are seen, mostly in shadows, in house; disturbances like loud noises and family is fearful; tension between a couple; a man's nose bleeds badly; a child comes up missing.


Company: Dimension Films
Director: Scott Stewart
Producer: Jason Blum
Genre: Science-Fiction
Runtime: 95 min.
Industry Rating: PG-13
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter