Darkness Falls

 (1,987)5.01 h 25 min2003PG-13
A young man, considered crazy by everyone in town, except for his childhood girlfriend and her little brother, is put to the ultimate test when he becomes the only thing that stands between a legendary evil and the little brother.
Directors
Jonathan Liebesman
Starring
Chaney KleyGary HeckerEmma Caulfield
Genres
Horror
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English [CC]
Audio languages
English
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Supporting actors
Grant Piro
Producers
William SherakJason Shuman
Studio
Columbia/Revolution
Rating
PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
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4.4 out of 5 stars

1987 global ratings

  1. 71% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 13% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 9% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 3% of reviews have 2 stars
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Richard LittrellReviewed in the United States on June 22, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Thrills, Chills, and Laughs. An excellent movie that keeps you hooked from beginning to end.
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I saw this movie at the theater and I was shocked at how much I enjoyed it. It reminded me of the old time horror movies before the days of slash/porn junk they release now. Creaking sounds, door knobs turning in the dark - the suspense was amazing and the special affects were well done. I bought this movie on dvd the day it came out and I was very pleased with the sound and picture. The combination of sight and sound in some scenes gave me chills. I have been looking forward to it coming out on blu ray and was about ready to give up when I read that it was being released shortly and I got it as soon as I could. I was not disappointed because the audio and video were excellent. If you don't require torture and blood and filthy language to enjoy a horror movie, then this is right up your alley.
17 people found this helpful
Ripley7700Reviewed in the United States on October 18, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Short & sweet
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I shouldn’t like this movie this much. It’s formuliac. It’s predictable. The acting isn’t the best. It has little depth. The rasping gets to me after awhile. But there’s something about how simultaneously compact, efficient, effective, and comprehensive this movie is that hooked me. I thought the pacing was very well done. And there’s also something weirdly comforting about how predictable it is. I also appreciate that it delivered chills without a gorefest or a lot of nekkidness. As far as jump scares, yes there are some in here - but not all jump scares are bad (or lazy film making). There were a couple that I could have done without, but mostly they seemed to fit into this ghoul’s MO, which is to stay in the dark and sweep in and out quickly to avoid the light.
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Obsessed ReaderReviewed in the United States on November 18, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
Good, not great. That's enough.
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A decent horror film from 2003. You can certainly do worse.

Kyle survives a brush with the tooth fairy as a kid. The tooth fairy is a cursed ghost that...kills you. Takes your teeth too. The tooth fairy's only weakness is light, any light. As an an adult, Kyle suffers from mental problems and carries around flashlights everywhere he goes. No one believes him about the tooth fairy of course. Yada yada yada, the tooth fairy returns and Kyle must return to his hometown and save the day.

Don't expect anything on the level of the Ring (strictly referring to the first one). This movie has good scares, funny moments, an interesting monster, and a good ending.

If you're tired of everyone dying at the end of your horror movies, this one's for you. Or maybe not. Or maybe I only said maybe to avoid spoiling it. Who knows? Just watch.

If you're a horror fan, I can promise you this movie is at least better than every Ring movie after the first one.
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Jeremy MorellReviewed in the United States on October 8, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
Not Groundbreaking, but Solid
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Not every movie (especially in the horror genre) needs to be groundbreaking. Darkness Falls is paint-by-numbers horror in the best sense of the phrase. I loved this movie when it first came out (gave me some serious nightmares back then), and I always watched it when it came on TV. Typical monster movie setup. We get the backstory for the monster at the beginning, our hero as a child having his first encounter with the baddie (traumatizing him for life) and setting up the enmity between the hero and the baddie, as well the introduction of the love interest.

From this we develop our plot when a situation calls the prodigal hero home to finally settle the score and here it's done quite well. The monster's backstory is interesting enough and the effects were quite practical and well done for its time (except perhaps most sadly at the climax of the movie). The creature cannot enter the light so this plays well into keeping the creature less seen and more heard though you get quite a few glimpses at it throughout. The cinematography was fairly good all things considered. This movie has a theme of light and dark and as much many many parts of it are really really dark, but it never feels like you can't tell what's happening.

Some of the characters (especially the police) make some really dumb choices (what cop doesn't carry a flashlight?? It felt like they were intentionally not using them to spite the main character...), but I'll chalk that up to typical monster movie side-character stupidity. The acting was fairly good as well, though none of the performances especially stand out (the little boy's real accent comes out at least once which did give me a moment's pause). If you like monster movie horror, I'd call this a perfectly middle of the road staple and one I never mind seeing again. Just be prepared to shut your brain off, because once people start dying all sense of consequences for people's actions goes out the window. Seriously how do any of the characters explain any of the events after the end??

Either way, I'm just glad they never tried to exploit it into a sequel. Solid 4/5.
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Richard CavelleroReviewed in the United States on May 18, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
A fun, creepy ride
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I saw this when it originally came out in theaters. I went to a promo screening with friends and I remember them giving us little flashlights. I really enjoyed the movie although it felt very quick and there wasn't much substance to it. I've watched it a few times over the years but revisiting it recently I really appreciated how entertaining it was. Not much time is given to the characters but the leads are likable and Emma Caufield as Caitlyn is quite good and you feel invested in her plight as she tries to save her brother. Centered around a small town goofily named "Darkness Falls" a legend exists about an old woman horribly scarred and wrongfully murdered who used to collect children's teeth and still does. If you see her she comes after you with a vengeance and the only way to survive is to stay in the light. Director Johnathan Liebesman of Texas Chainsaw massacre the beginning gets a lot of milage out of the concept and has fun with it. There's lots of clever and silly gags that work surprisingly well. It's a rocket paced funhouse of a movie packed with thrills and chills. So don't overthink it because the makers certainly didn't. Turn off your brain and have a surprisingly fun time.

Budget: $11m
Domestic Box Office: $33m
Worldwide Box Office: $47m

4.25/5
fourminutestimeReviewed in the United States on January 1, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
good plot, simple dvd. short featurettes
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the story of the movie was really interesting and unique. the idea for the story based on a real fairy tale was interesting. to give a new take to a very old story. the acting was very solid. the main cast was very good. the boy acted really believable. the entire movie is done at night in the darkness but the light from emergency lights and flashlights and flares was used very efficiently to light the scenes in the movie. i loved how light was used as a big plot device and as a protection defense item as well. the creature had a cape that reminds you of Spawn. it flies like spawn.
the special edition was not that different. it has a couple of featurettes on fairy tales and written myths and some behind the scenes stuff. but it wasnt much.
Saint SinnerReviewed in the United States on January 12, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
"It Was Awesome In Theaters & It Still Is"
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This is an awesome movie about fighting the one thing we were all afraid of at one point and some still are.. The darkness.

It's about a guy who's scared of the dark and has been since he was a kid, but for good reason, there's something in the dark that almost took him. When he's grown up, he sets up his place of living to where there's no darkness at all, but when a small town gets plagued with the darkness that almost took him, he puts it upon himself to save the town.

The ending to this movie is really badass and I highly recommend watching it.
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I'veScenemAllReviewed in the United States on October 15, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
SURPRISE!! AN ADULT SCARY!!🎉
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SHOCKING, BUT AGREED! I forgot to read the reviews?! I just started watching and to my surprise, it kept my attention!! While mostly "a Children's Nightmare SCENARIO" (The Mommy, Daddy, & a kid afraid of the dark) those creepy thrills and chills were certainly adult and kept me happy. By NO means am I saying it's a little kiddies' film. I'm sure any little ones would end up in tears . I do criticize the "scary monster", however, who I wish were a bit more scary - a little "same-old, same-old", however, he/she/it kept me on constant guard and got me going on more than a few jump-scares... even the ones I knew were coming! I don't think any summary-reading is needed here. Let it entertain you, keep your thinking to a minimum and enjoyment to a maximum. Keep the carbon footprints down on the flashlight batteries!
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