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  • Writer's pictureJustin McConnell

The Cult of Darkman

This week, Mitchell and Justin take a look into Sam Raimi's 1990 film "Darkman" starring Liam Neeson on the Next Level Nerd Movie Podcast.

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Movie: Darkman

Released: August 24th 1990

Production Company: Renaissance Pictures and Universal Pictures


Runtime: 1:36

General Info:

Critical Response:

Rotten Tomatoes:

Tomato Meter: 84%

Audience Score: 58%

Meta Critic:


Cinema Score:



Budget: 16 Million

Box Office: 48.8 Million

Why are we reviewing it?

This is the rare example of the audience score being much lower than the tomato meter. But also, even though it was profitable, the reviews were all over the place. It's also a favorite of Mitchell's and Justin has never seen it. So we wanted to revisit it to see if it actually holds up.


Who Is Darkman?

Crime Has a New Enemy, And Justice Has a New Face!

In the darkest hour, there is a light that shines on every human being...but ONE!

Written by:

The film's director Sam Raimi and his brother Ivan Raimi, as well as Chuck Pfarrer


Danny Elfman does the music and it has a very "89 Batman" tone to it, especially when the gangsters are wrecking the lab. It feels like the Axis chemicals scene with Batman, the Joker, and the cops.

The Cast:

Liam Neeson as Peyton Westlake / Darkman

Frances McDormand as Julie Hastings

Larry Drake as Robert Durant

Colin Friels as Louis Strack Jr.

Ted Raimi (Sam’s brother who has appeared in nearly all of Sam’s films)

Cameos from

Neal McDonough

John Landis

Bruce Campbell

Joel & Ethan Coen who did some unaccredited doctoring to the final script

There was even an NES game based on the film that released in 1991.

Check out this article on some awesome trivia about "Darkman", from Uproxx.


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