Alexis (Melanie Denholme) believes in UFOs, and this belief is
important to her, is a central part of her life, so she goes to the beach
every afternoon, on UFO-watch. Her roommate Lorna (Eiran Cohen) usually
comes along for the ride. She doesn't believe in UFOs, but somehow she
wants to belief, if also for her friend's sake. Then one day something
weird happens: One day when returning from UFO-watch, the two girls notice
it's four hours later than usual, and while Lorna figures they must have
just forgotten the time and Alexis watch is slow, Alexis is convinced they
have been abducted. Their roommate Sammy (Val Monk), who doesn't care for
UFOs for even one bit, thinks it's all nonsense anyways.
friend, UFOlogist and documentary filmmaker Terry (Lee Roberts), stops by
and tells Alexis htere have been several other reports of people losing
exactly four hours all over the world. He also tells the girl of people
who have lost these four hours developing pitch black rashes. Sure enough,
both Alexis and Lorna soon develop black rashes. Then one day, Terry turns
up at their doorstep again, in shock and sick and unable to speak. The
girl take him in to take care of him, but then suddenly he disappears into
thin air ...
Things get creepier all the time: The girls receive weird
messages on their phones, as if someone is summoning them to somewhere.
Then there is a man in black (Rudy Barrow) lurking around the house, and
he seems to be able to enter and leave the house at will, not to be kept
out by locked doors or the like, and he has the ability to render himself
invisible. Anf inally, all three girls develop black rashes that soon
cover most of their bodies. Suffice to say, they are scared shitless ...
before they ultimately find out something that turns their self-reception
on its head.
Dark Watchers: The Women in Black might not
be the most original film, storywise, but more than even in Philip
Gardiner's other films, the story takes backseat here. Instead, Gardiner
concentrates on building up an atmosphere of sheer terror - and he
succeeds admirably, not only considering the modest budget he had at hand,
making expert use of camera set-ups, music, editing, and the limited range
of effects at his disposal. A good cast of course doesn't hurt, either,
nor does the fact that the plot, despite being secondary, is standing on
solid foundations regarding UFOlogy and the like.