Darkness Falls

 (2,649)1 h 23 min2020X-Ray16+
After his wife's suicide, Detective Jeff Anderson becomes convinced that she has been murdered. Obsessed with his investigation, he finds out that his wife was the victim of a team of father-and-son serial killers and sets out to stop them.
Julien Seri
Shawn AshmoreGary ColeLin Shaye
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Silver Screen VideosReviewed in the United States on December 7, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Let the Darkness Fall on This Mess
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No matter how bad the project, I have never seen Gary Cole deliver an uninteresting performance. He comes close to breaking that streak, though, in “Darkness Falls,” a thoroughly inept serial killer thriller that nearly squanders its best asset in Cole. The movie does squander everything else in an utterly amateurish production.

In “Darkness Falls,” Cole plays the senior half of a father-and-son team of serial killers that target successful career women who had recently been in the news. The pair force their victims to overdose on pills, then put them in a bathtub and slit their wrists. They are so good at their work that the police have no clue, despite dozens of these apparent suicides in the Los Angeles area. Only one cop, rogue detective Shawn Ashmore, suspects what’s going on after his wife becomes one of the pair’s victims. But even after one would-be victim survives an attack, the rest of the department won’t explore the possibility of a serial killer, leaving Ashmore to track down the killers on his own.

I’ve often criticized TV shows like “Criminal Minds” that oversimplify complex cases into straightforward procedurals that can be solved in an hour timeframe. However, a typical “Criminal Minds” episode seems like rocket science compared to “Darkness Falls.” Ashmore solves the case by putting up a wallboard of information about the victims, then imagining himself as the killer. He does this by screaming “I hate you” repeatedly at the pictures of the victims, including his wife. Apparently, this advanced profiling method works because Ashmore figures out which of the hundreds of potential victims will be the killers’ next target. But once Ashmore apprehends Cole (while the killer’s son escapes), the ridiculous plot twists continue for another 40 minutes or so.

As mentioned earlier, Cole steals what little there is to purloin in “Darkness Falls” with a performance notable primarily for his being able to recite ridiculous dialogue with a straight face. He seems mildly amused by the entire movie. That’s better than Ashmore, who acts as if he massively overdosed on caffeine before every scene. There are only four other significant roles in the film, as the entire Los Angeles Police Department seems to comprise two cops, Ashmore and his immediate superior (Daniella Alonso). Even by the relaxed standards of low-budget police thrillers, the credibility of “Darkness Falls” is virtually nonexistent.

A lack of credibility isn’t always fatal in a movie like this, as long as there’s enough decent action. However, director Julien Seri, who is making his English-language debut here, proves completely inept at staging this type of film. The opening scene, in which Cole and his son force Ashmore’s wife to take an overdose of pills, is filmed at a considerable distance from the end of a hallway in the family’s house. As a result, it’s impossible to see the expressions on the actors’ faces in a potentially dramatic scene. Instead, the audience just hears Cole droning on at length.

I expect little from direct-to-video shlock such as “Darkness Falls,” but I got even less than expected. Gary Cole has the bulk of the movie’s dialogue despite the fact that he’s on-screen much less than half the time. He is occasionally creepy but mostly comes across more like the guy you try to avoid at a cocktail party rather than a deranged psychopath. There is a final showdown between Shawn Ashmore and the killers at a remote location in the desert, but the action is mechanical and predictable. “Darkness Falls,” under a different title, played at a few European film festivals before being dumped here in the United States. Potential viewers should not be fooled by this apparent film festival acceptance of the film. Instead, they should just let the curtain fall on “Darkness Falls.”
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kimbaReviewed in the United States on December 21, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
I want my 83 minutes back!
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One of the worst movies I've ever seen. The people who gave this anything more than two stars must be on drugs. It was offensively stupid. The plot had holes you could steer an oil tanker through. The soundtrack was ridiculously over wrought and LOUD. There are some usually really good actors in this who seem horrible because the writing is so inane.
52 people found this helpful
Just JonReviewed in the United States on July 17, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
This is a painfully, offensively bad movie.
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Terrible movie. Don’t waste your money. This movie is offensively bad. There’s the inconsistent cinematography, the high school level writing, and the fact not one single woman had any agency.
But mostly, it’s just a painfully dumb movie.
Please, don’t waste your money.
44 people found this helpful
Kindle CustomerReviewed in the United States on December 4, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
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I don't know, maybe you are not allowed to leave negative reviews. My last one did not violate any of the Amazon standards, but was kicked back to me...

The movie is horrible, terrible acting, right from the beginning. Just horrible.
36 people found this helpful
Disappointed. Reviewed in the United States on June 19, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Don’t waste your money nor your time.
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Darkness Falls this is a terrible video, we will not spend any additional time watching. The five stars listed at the title box is not supported by any view comments. It is difficult to believe the 5 Stars notation is an accurate description of the video’s quality, and a misrepresentation of the film. There was a reference of two comments, the two comments were not listed on the site.
This video does merit the one star.
Please cancel this video from my account. Please acknowledge my request to be credited for rental made in error.
33 people found this helpful
LAMReviewed in the United States on December 20, 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
Theater of the Absurd
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Ridiculous, awkward dialogue and even more ridiculous scenarios. We are to believe that when undercover cops make a bust, one of the cops gets dropped off at home with the perp in the car, ya right. A man who lost his wife and mother of his child is berated by everyone, even his own mother, for not moving on and getting his life together just three short months after her death. Gary Cole must have really needed a paycheck to sign on for this mess.
26 people found this helpful
SHETHINGReviewed in the United States on November 26, 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
poor action movie
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what struck us most about this 2 star attraction was the music. it got louder and louder at the wrong times! also the fight scenes were god awful. it was amazing we got through the whole show. cudda been-- shudda been better with very capable stars but nooooooooooo it was a 2 star event. so in ending you shudda watched something else. thank you and good night!
23 people found this helpful
Dave LReviewed in the United States on January 9, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
This film doesn't even deserve 1 star
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I rarely take the time to write reviews - and never for films I didn't enjoy, but this film was so bad I thought I'd make an exception.
This is easily the worst film I've seen in years: The plot was rushed and poorly developed; the dialogue was pathetic; it was filled with completely implausible scenes; and not one cast member turned in so much as a decent performance.
If this wasn't the director's first film it should definitely be their last.
I only gave this movie one star because giving it the zero stars it deserves wasn't an option.
How anyone could give this two stars, let alone the four and five star reviews it has, is beyond me.
Don't waste your time on this one. It's a total stinker.
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