One of my favourite films of recent years is Donnie
Darko. I first saw the advert for this in early 2001 and knew
I had to watch it. The first time I saw it was via a poor quality
AVI file (it wasn't released at this time in the UK or available
on DVD). I was amazed by the originality and imagination of the
film, and was hooked at this point spending lots of time on the
Donnie Darko Yahoo groups and anywhere else it was being discussed.
I have since got the DVD (fully featured Region 1 and Region 2),
been fortunate enough to see the original version at the cinema
three times, and have some posters and a rare Frank mask poster.
Currently I can mostly be found on the IMDB
forums, and I help moderate the Richard-Kelly.net
To aid in my own understanding of the film I have started a couple
of open ended projects, plus here are some pages that directly
relate to my site:
FAQ - This is an FAQ for
the film, which I guess will be ever evolving.
To understand the film even more, and because there were so many
requests for it by fans, I dictated the script from the film itself.
Note that the shooting script can be found in the Donnie Darko
book (see below).
Cunning Visions "Frank" slides - |1|
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T-Shirt images: These are some monochrome images that might be
useful for T-Shirt image prints - Frank
They Made Me Do it (mirrored),
Today - After a brief interview by Mike Snider I got a mention
in USA Today in an article about Donnie Darko: "Interest is still
growing," says Mark Taylor, 32, of São Paulo, Brazil, who has
a Donnie Darko FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) file at www.stainlesssteelrat.net.
"I'm still getting e-mail from people who have discovered the
film." To see the original article click
Doc Brown explaining the plot for Donnie Darko, just a little
joke ;-) (click to enlarge)
For Whom the Bell Tolls (MP3) **DOWNLOAD LINK DELETED**
As this can be bought from Associated
Production Music on their Voicing
the Classics 2 CD, and more importantly on the new 2CD Donnie
Darko soundtrack I have deleted this download from my site.
Harem TrueType font
(57kb) - A similar version of the font used for the titles.
To download right-click on the link and choose "Save Target As"
to download to a local directory. If there is a copyright on this
font please let me know and I will remove it.
- The films original site, with strange puzzles to solve and lots
of background information to the film. Essential viewing for anyone
interested in the film!
- An unofficial site, but has some strong links with Mr. Kelly
himself. Also has a Donnie Darko forum among other things, and
is likely to have various inside scoops on Richard and his new
- The best fan site (I have found).
DD Discussion board - A popular place for discussing the movie.
groups - A search of the Yahoo groups for Donnie Darko (the
groups are a little dead now).
- A really interesting interview with Richard Kelly (needs RealPlayer),
with several clips from the film. Ignore the Dutch introduction
as the interview is in English.
- A UK site which has some graffiti art sponsored when the film
was released in the UK.
Darko Music Resource - A great site about the music in Donnie
Darko Director's Cut: The Changes (DVD Times) - A list of
the differences between the Director's Cut and the original.
Reason to Watch Donnie Darko again - As if we needed another
Region 1 DVD (see links below to Amazon.com).
Region 2 (UK) DVD (fully featured)
Note a Region 2 version has been released in the Nordic's and
is a fairly "bare bones" release, with few if any extras. The
UK Region 2 DVD has a few more features than the Region 1, including
a feature on the "They Made Me Do It" graffiti exhibition which
promoted the film in the UK, and also has some short interviews
with the cast and crew.
There are also two "Easter Eggs" on the Region 2 DVD which are
used to access 4 of the deleted scenes:
1. The first is found from the main menu: with a PC based DVD
player simply select Frank's left eye. With a normal DVD player
highlight the "special features" link and then press the "right"
button. The first deleted scene will play and will then repeat
with Richard Kelly's commentary, towards the end a rabbit icon
will appear in the bottom left-hand of the screen, press select
at this point to continue to the next deleted scene.
2. The second Easter Egg is found on the commentaries and subtitles
menu: with a PC based DVD player simply select Jim's left eye.
With a normal DVD player highlight the "Spanish subtitles" link
and then press the "right" button. Again, the first deleted scene
will play and will then repeat with Richard Kelly's commentary,
towards the end a rabbit icon will appear in the bottom left-hand
of the screen, press select at this point to continue to the next
2 (UK) DVD (Prism "bare bones" release) - Similar to the Nordic release, this is again a bare
bones release with no special features, albeit cheap to buy.
2 (UK) DVD - Released on 4th October 2004.
Two soundtrack versions are available:
Soundtrack - The first soundtrack, which
has one CD and contains the original music by Michael Andrews,
as well as two versions of "Mad World" rearranged by Michael Andrews
and sung by Gary Jules.
Soundtrack - The revised soundtrack, after
a lot of fan requests, which has 2 CDs that include the original
soundtrack as well as a CD with all the other music used in the
film, both the Original Version and Director's Cut. Includes the
often requested "For Whom the Bell Tolls".
The Donnie Darko book was released in the Summer of 2003. It
was written by Richard Kelly (Writer/Director of Donnie Darko)
and has a foreword by Jake Gyllenhaal.
It contains an interview, "Asking Cosmic Questions", with Richard
Kelly which adds all sorts of interesting information to the understanding
of the film. It also contains the screenplay for Donnie Darko,
along with pages from the The Philosophy of Time Travel, images
and sketches from the film, and images from the UK "They
Made Me Do It" Exhibition.
Note that there is another book listed on various sites by Adam
Fields, who was involved in the early stages of Donnie Darko.
This book was never released though, and it is unclear what this
book would have contained.
Donnie Darko has spawned a mini industry aside from the book,
CDs and DVDs, posters and other collectibles e.g. handmade Frank
suits and various Donnie Darko T-shirts on eBay. Here are some
of the other items available:
Darko Skeleton Suit Halloween costume - link to Amazon.com,
but doesn't seem to be available any more :-(
Frank Mask and Costume - Mask and costume can be bought separately
Frank Bunny Toy - Available in two different sizes.
If you have any suggestions for content I can add to this site