Fearter rating: 5.5/10
Style over substance - but maybe one for film students.
Review (no spoilers)
This is a difficult movie to review. On the one hand I'm sure it's technically very good and has nods to the great directors of the past - on the other, it's not particularly entertaining or scary.
For me, I watch horror films to be entertained and to be scared (and perhaps on the odd occasion, I might learn something about myself). This film however seemed to be more style over substance with its black and white 'arty' appearance and horror related words like "Demon" thrown in without anything to back them up.
'Darling' is well made and the acting is on a par with other good horror movies. It has a few horror elements and there was one image flash which made me reflex blink (but then I jump at anything and everything!) Other than that it's more the basis of the plot which is a horror scenario rather than the film actually being scary.
If you like or want to learn about horror film techniques then it's probably wort a watch. However, as a fan of horror from an entertainment point of view, it was disappointing. I did however watch it until the end so it must be compelling to a certain extent, but the beginning is slow and the climax isn't worth the wait. The story has been done before and in all honesty if you don't watch it, you're not missing out on anything*.
All in all, it's not a bad movie, but it's just not that entertaining. Style over substance summarises it perfectly.
*unless you're a film student and this is part of your curriculum.