Down a Dark Hall (film)

Down a Dark Hall is an American-Spanish supernatural horror film directed by Rodrigo Cortés and written by Chris Sparling and Michael Goldbach. It is based on the novel of the same name by Lois Duncan.

Down a Dark Hall
Down A Dark Hall Poster.jpg
Film poster
Directed byRodrigo Cortés
Produced by
Screenplay by
Based onDown a Dark Hall
by Lois Duncan
Music byVíctor Reyes
CinematographyJarin Blaschke
Edited byRodrigo Cortés
Distributed bySummit Entertainment[1]
Release date
  • August 17, 2018 (2018-08-17) (Limited & Digital)
  • October 16, 2018 (2018-10-16) (DVD & Bluray)
Running time
96 minutes[2]
Box office$2.16 million[5]

The film was released on August 17, 2018 with a limited release in theaters and a direct-to-VOD, by Summit Entertainment.


Kit Gordy (AnnaSophia Robb), a difficult young girl, is sent to the mysterious Blackwood Boarding School when her behavior becomes too much for her school to handle. When she arrives at Blackwood, Kit meets eccentric headmistress Madame Duret (Uma Thurman) and the school’s only other students, four young women also headed down a troubled path. After strange things begin happening and they explore the labyrinthine corridors of the school, Kit and her classmates discover that Blackwood Manor hides an age-old secret rooted in the paranormal.[6]



Stephenie Meyer optioned the Lois Duncan novel in April 2012.[8] In July 2014, Lionsgate acquired the film. Rodrigo Cortés was announced as the director the same day, and screenwriter Chris Sparling was set to work using a previous draft by Michael Goldbach.[9] In early October 2016, AnnaSophia Robb was announced to play the main role, and Taylor Russell joined the cast three days later.[10][11] On October 24, Victoria Moroles joined the cast as Veronica.[7]

To promote the pending release, Summit Entertainment released a movie trailer online for the film on May 22, 2018.[12]


Principal photography began on October 2016 in Barcelona.[11] with Jarin Blaschke as the director of photography. After four weeks of shooting in Barcelona and two weeks in the Canary Islands, filming ended in December 2016.[13]


The film was released on August 17, 2018, by Summit Entertainment. It was released simultaneously in theaters, with a limited release, and on digital through video-on-demand.[14] The film was scheduled for release on Blu-ray combo pack and DVD October 16th, 2018 by Lionsgate Home Entertainment.[15]


Down a Dark Hall received mixed reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes the film holds an approval rating of 52% based on 25 reviews, with an average rating of 5.6/10. The site's critic consensus reads: "Down a Dark Hall is more stylish than scary, although its foreboding atmosphere may raise a few goosebumps among younger viewers".[16]

On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 56 out of 100, based on 8 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[17]


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  3. ^ "Down a Dark Hall (2018)". AllMovie. RhythmOne. Retrieved August 16, 2018.
  4. ^ Harvey, Dennis (August 16, 2018). "Film Review: 'Down a Dark Hall'". Variety. Penske Business Media. Retrieved August 21, 2018.
  5. ^ "Down a Dark Hall". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved September 3, 2018.
  6. ^ McNary, Dave (October 7, 2016). "AnnaSophia Robb to Star in Supernatural Drama 'Down a Dark Hall' From Stephenie Meyer". Variety. Penske Business Media. Retrieved August 21, 2018.
  7. ^ a b Kroll, Justin (October 24, 2016). "'Teen Wolf' Star Victoria Moroles Joins Lionsgate Thriller 'Down a Dark Hall'". Variety. Penske Business Media. Retrieved November 9, 2016.
  8. ^ Abrams, Rachel (April 18, 2012). "Stephenie Meyer options tome 'Dark Hall'". Variety. Retrieved May 29, 2019.
  9. ^ Eggertsen, Chris (July 30, 2014). "'Twilight' author Stephenie Meyer going 'Down a Dark Hall' with new YA horror movie". HitFix. Uproxx. Retrieved October 18, 2016.
  10. ^ McNary, Dave (October 7, 2016). "AnnaSophia Robb to Star in Supernatural Drama 'Down a Dark Hall' From Stephenie Meyer". Variety. Penske Business Media. Retrieved October 18, 2016.
  11. ^ a b Kroll, Justin (October 10, 2016). "'Down a Dark Hall' Movie Adaptation With AnnaSophia Robb Casts Taylor Russell". Variety. Penske Business Media. Retrieved October 18, 2016.
  12. ^ Kyle, Hemmert (May 22, 2018). "Down a Dark Hall Trailer: Welcome to Blackwood Boarding School". Mandatory. Retrieved August 16, 2018.
  13. ^ "Rodrigo Cortés finaliza el rodaje de 'Down a Dark Hall'". Cine y Tele (in Spanish). December 21, 2016. Retrieved December 22, 2016.
  14. ^ "Down a Dark Hall". Lionsgate Publicity. Lions Gate Entertainment. Retrieved April 9, 2018.
  15. ^ Powers, Gabriel. "Down a Dark Hall (US - DVD R1 | BD RA)". DVD Active. Retrieved August 21, 2018.
  16. ^ "Down a Dark Hall (2018)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved August 19, 2018.
  17. ^ "Down a Dark Hall Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved August 19, 2018.

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