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Against the Dark

Original poster
Directed by Richard Crudo
Produced by Phillip B. Goldfine
Written by Mathew Klickstein
Starring Steven Seagal
Tanoai Reed
Jenna Harrison
Linden Ashby
Emma Catherwood
Skye Bennett
Music by Philip White
Cinematography William Trautvetter
Editing by Tim Silano
Distributed by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Release date(s) February 10, 2009
Running time 93 min.
Country United States
Language English
Budget $7,000,000

Against the Dark is a 2009 action/horror film starring Steven Seagal and directed by Richard Crudo.

In a post-apocalyptic world, destroyed by a disease, which may or may not turn people into some kind of vampires or zombies, Steven Seagal plays Tao, the leader of a squad of ex-military vigilantes who are attempting to find and rescue a group of survivors trapped in a hospital. This is Steven Seagal's first horror film.

The film was released direct-to-video on February 10, 2009 and was Seagal's first release of 2009.[1]



The film begins by revealing that a disease has taken over humanity, turning everyone into blood thirsty vampire-like creatures. According to the narrator, there is no known cure and the only survivors are left in a situation where it is them "against the dark". The first few scenes are used to establish the main characters, with Seagal playing a tough guy in charge of a group of military specialists known as "Hunters".

The survivors in the hospital are shown to be scared, isolated and untrusting. As the characters work their way through the hospital, they drift apart numerous times, often getting lost and attacked. To make matters worse for the survivors, a massive army base is planning to sterilize the area at dawn.

The survivors explain that there is only one functioning exit from the hospital (even though there seem to be numerous entrances through which they entered) and they have to get to this exit before the emergency power runs out and they are shut inside. To make matters worse many of the stairways and elevators are blocked off, forcing them to make their way level by level, finding a way to the next one down to gain the exit.


Although likened to vampires in the film, the infected are credited as zombies in the end credits.


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