In a remote town in Ireland, eleven-year-old Neve finds herself the sole survivor of a bloody massacre that killed her parents and younger brother. Suspecting a gang of homicidal vandals, the police ignore Neve’s explanation that the house is the culprit. To help ease her trauma, dutiful neighbors Nat and Lucas take her in with the supervision of a social worker. Neve has trouble finding peace with the wholesome and nurturing couple, and horrific danger continues to manifest. Haunted objects, an eerie score and a moody, oneiric look complement this intense and frightening peek into child abuse and the searing imagination of writer/director Marina de Van.
Wielding his camera with jumpy precision, Mr. Conroy infuses even chaotic motion with stabilizing elegance.Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, 09.26.2013
For all its soaring cutlery, Dark Touch, like much of the best horror, works the fears that connect to real life.Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice, 04.23.2013
Dark Touch seems to reside almost completely in a realm of fantasy that isn't Neve's own and borders perilously and atonally on camp.Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine, 04.22.2013