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Darkness Falls

movie reviewmovie review out of 4 Movie Review: Darkness Falls

Starring: Chaney Kley, Emma Caulfield
Director: Jonathan Liebesman
Rated: PG-13
RunTime: 86 Minutes
Release Date: January 2003
Genres: Horror, Suspense

*Also starring: Andrew Bayly, Joshua Anderson, Lee Cormie, Antony Burrows, Rebecca McCauley

Review by Steve Rhodes
1½ stars out of 4

Like Sherlock Holmes's famous clue of the dog who didn't bark, it was what didn't bother me in DARKNESS FALLS that best sums up my feelings about this completely disposable and totally unoriginal horror movie. Sitting directly behind me in one of the handicapped seats was a woman with a baby in a stroller next to her. Although the baby would whimper, coo, babble and sometimes scream, it never bothered me or distracted from my viewing pleasure because I was having none. Oh yes, I forgot to mention how considerate the mother was. She had kindly brought along a nice big rattle for his amusement.

The movie concerns an evil tooth fairy that has been plaguing the town of Darkness Falls for one hundred and fifty years. A killer who can only be stopped with light, she comes to visit children when their last tooth falls out. As the movie opens, a boy named Kyle has just said good-bye to his very last baby tooth. Which means ...

The story is filled with the standard horror movie clich‚s. Things go bump in the shadows of the night. Characters do stupid things no matter how many times they are warned not to. If you've been told that there is a monster -- or even just a garden-variety criminal -- in your house, would you sneak around in the dark or would you turn the lights on?

If you've seen one bad horror movie like this one, you've seen them all, so there is no reason to waste your money seeing another one. The horror genre isn't dead yet even if schlock movies like this one keep trying to bury it.

DARKNESS FALLS runs 1:25. It is rated PG-13 for "terror and horror images, and brief language" and would be acceptable for teenagers.

Copyright © 2003 Steve Rhodes

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