DARKNET is a horror anthology web series designed for a 21st century internet mindset. Adapted from the cult Japanese television series, Tori Hada, by Vincenzo Natali (HAUNTER, SPLICE, CUBE) and Steven Hoban (HAUNTER, SPLICE, WOLVES, BLACK CHRISTMAS, GINGER SNAPS TRILOGY). DARKNET offers snippets of people's lives being interrupted by vivid instances of unexpected violence or shocking strangeness. Viewers become part of the Darknet, a mysterious closed network of disturbing imagery and stories that exist just under the surface of our ordered and safe society.
The first episode of this short series absolutely blew me away, playing with the whole time-shift storytelling thing in a new and innovative way especially for the genre. Too bad they seem to have shot their wad with that one, as the rest of the series (save the mediocre fifth episode) almost formulaically follows that same pattern. While there are some decent twists and turns to be found, and mostly good performances by a low-budget Canadian cast, by the time episode 6 was over I was only disappointed the series hadn't lived up to its potential.
I think this was real crappy, I get that it was a low budget whatever, but these punks should have spent some money on a decent writer, some of the stories were interesting but a lot of the killings or torture or whatever was perpetrated with no rhyme or reason, like you're left with so many unanswered questions, and i had a sneaking suspicion that the last ep would bring all the stories together but even that was half heartedly done, nah, don't bother not here for this
Pretty good series, I love the little twists and interlocking storylines in each episode. The gore is decent as well. The characters can be pretty dumb at time but that's just horror for you.
Overall: acting is alright... deffo low budget, script is a bit cringy in places, but an easy watch! The idea of the the DARKWEB being the source of everything is so interesting. I love that every episode has loads of connections and links involved in it. But it does end up giving the game away at points and becomes a little bit repetitive. It's a bit gorey, but you can deffo tell its fake, blood looks like water lol. But its great to watch if you're just bored and chilling and not in the mood to be too scared. --- ep 1: loved! ep 2: was alright bit boring, that white noise gave me the biggest headache lmfao. ep 3: um? that business man scene was so weird... and irrelevant? it got better as it went on tho. ep 4: loved! and well i definitely dont wanna get a boob job now loool, i liked how they incorporated one of the characters from the first episode in this one! ep 5: little bit boring but i liked that this ep was all about 1 story rather than a few squeezed into 1 but i also think thats why it bored me a little, because it was 1 story that was dragged out ep 6: i literally had no idea wtf was going on??? the ending was alright... wish there was a season 2 but it got cancelled :/
The first episode was quite interesting but it all started going downhill after that. The performances are pretty good but the screenwriting tends to come out as cringy more than anything. They use similar plot twists in each episode and the "switching through timelines" technique becomes overused and repetitive. 5/10 Would recommend watching if you're into out-of-the-dark brutalities and gore. Perfect for parties.