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Background: Dark Castle Entertainment is a genre division of Silver Pictures, a production house affiliated with Warner Bros.. It was formed in 1999 by Joel Silver, Robert Zemeckis, and Gilbert Adler. It's first film was House on Haunted Hill, and the last film was Getaway.


(1999-2013)
Dark Castle

Nicknames: "DARK CASTLE, AHH!!!", "Super Scary Statue", "The House on Haunted Hill", "STAY AWAY FROM MY CASTLE", "The Gargoyle".

Logo: On a black background, we see thunder panning around what appears to be a Gargoyle head. We zoom out, and the statue opens it's eyes and mouth and roars. Then we continue zooming out of a castle in front of the full moon tinted in yellow, which turns cartoonish. A box goes around the picture and crops it. The text "DARK CASTLE" in a grungy font appears, and "ENTERTAINMENT" fades in under it.

Variant:
  • On Echelon Conspiracy, the logo flickers black/dark red/yellow like the TV does. On some other films, it uses different tints.
  • On Gothika, the logo is tinted in blue, and after the logo is done, it's dissolves in a blurry effect to the opening credits of the film.
  • On Ghost Ship, the logo is tinted in sepia.
  • On The Hills Run Red, the logo is tinted in red, and the text below "DARK CASTLE" says this time "HOME ENTERTAINMENT" instead of Entertainment.
  • Many other variants also exist's in some films. E.g., Orphan, Whiteout, The Losers, The Reaping, Ninja Assasin, Unknown, RocknRolla, Splice, and some others. You can see the CLG info here.
FX/SFX: It's a (excellent) CGI logo.

Music/Sounds: Thunder sounds, a dark, ominous music composition, and of course, the terrifying gargoyle's roar. For the Echelon Conspiracy version, only the roar and thunder sounds, and some. Sometimes, the opening theme of the film.

Music/Sounds Variant: On House On Haunted Hill, after the last note of the music composition, it morphs into the opening theme with organs.

Availability: Common. Can be seen on horror and thriller movies like Gothika, House Of Wax, Thir13en Ghosts, The Hills Run Red, Getaway, and Ghost Ship.

Scare Factor: Depending on the variant:
  • Original Version: High to nightmare. The dark, ominous nature of the logo may not sit well with some viewers. However, if you see the logo a lot and can stand scary monsters, you may like it. The scare factor for the fans of this logo is low.
  • Echelon Conspiracy Variant: Medium to high. The logo's spooky parts a



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