It is 1988. Donnie Darko is a suburban high school student with a history of troubled behavior and a current tendency toward hallucinations and sleepwalking. One of his recurring hallucinations involves a man-sized, frightening-looking rabbit named Frank who sometimes tells Donnie to commit acts of vandalism and also informs Donnie the world is going to end in 28 days, 6 hours, 42 minutes and 12 seconds. As the days pass, Donnie tries to figure out how to prevent the end of the world, becoming obsessed with the concept of time travel as a possible solution.
Now that I've seen DD, I'm not sure why it is on Fearnet: it doesn't seem to be a horror movie at all, more of a suspenseful psychological dark comedy. I'm glad I watched it all the same. This is a movie in which the ending encourages one to rethink what has come before, and/or see the movie all over again. The acting was good, the plot quirky and unique, the soundtrack great. I found myself interested in, and caring about, the characters, and enjoyed trying to figure out to what extent Donnie's psychiatric status accounts for his experiences (I haven't figured that one out yet). To my mind, DD is a not a horror movie, but does deserve its "cult classic" status, and I am very interested to hear what others think of this movie.