Dark Water

Last Updated on: June 26th, 2024

Dark Water (Touchstone Movie)

“Dark Water” is a psychological horror film released in 2005, directed by Walter Salles and based on a short story by Japanese author Koji Suzuki. The movie stars Jennifer Connelly as Dahlia Williams, a recently divorced woman who moves into a rundown apartment with her young daughter, Cecilia, played by Ariel Gade.

As Dahlia tries to rebuild her life and gain custody of Cecilia, she begins to notice strange occurrences in their new home. Mysterious water leaks from the ceiling and a haunting presence seems to be lurking in the building. As the water issues worsen, Dahlia’s paranoia and anxiety increase, leading her to believe that the apartment is haunted.

As the story unfolds, Dahlia discovers the disturbing history of the building and its connection to a missing girl. She becomes determined to uncover the truth about the strange occurrences and the ghostly presence in her apartment.

“Dark Water” explores themes of isolation, motherhood, loss, and the psychological toll of a broken marriage. The film’s atmospheric cinematography and haunting score add to the sense of dread and unease, creating a tense and suspenseful atmosphere throughout.

Jennifer Connelly delivers a compelling performance as Dahlia, portraying the character’s vulnerability and desperation with authenticity. Her portrayal captures the emotional turmoil of a woman facing both external and internal demons.

The film skillfully blends supernatural elements with psychological horror, leaving audiences guessing about the true nature of the haunting. It is not just a typical ghost story but a thoughtful examination of a mother’s fears and the impact of past traumas on the present.

“Dark Water” received praise for its atmospheric storytelling and strong performances, as well as its exploration of complex emotions and the horrors of everyday life. Although it didn’t achieve commercial success, the film has gained a cult following and remains a notable entry in the psychological horror genre.

Overall, “Dark Water” is a haunting and emotionally resonant film that offers a unique and chilling take on the traditional ghost story, making it a compelling watch for fans of psychological horror and supernatural mysteries.

Additional Details


  • Jennifer Connelly: Dahlia Williams
  • Dougray Scott: Kyle Williams
  • John C. Reilly: Mr. Murray
  • Ariel Gade: Cecilia “Ceci” Williams
  • Perla Haney-Jardine: Natasha Rimsky/Young Dahlia
  • Tim Roth: Jeff Platzer
  • Pete Postlethwaite: Mr. Veeck
  • Camryn Manheim: Ceci’s Teacher


  • Director: Walter Salles
  • Producers: Roy Lee, Doug Davidson and Bill Mechanic
  • Writer: Rafael Yglesias

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