Darkness Falls (2003) - Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

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A vengeful spirit has taken the form of the Tooth Fairy to exact vengeance on the town that lynched her 150 years earlier. Her only opposition is the only child, now grown up, who has survived her before.

Director: Jonathan Liebesman
Stars: Chaney Kley, Emma Caulfield Ford
Length: 86 Minutes
PG Rating: PG-13
Reviews: 98 out of 364 found boring (26.92%)

One-line Reviews (266)

Nothing is new, everything's cliche and worst of all, this film could just as well have been made in the 80ies - no surprises at all, no twists, no nothing - except one and a half wasted hours..

) Loosely based on some uninteresting folklore from southern Australia, this is a by the numbers horror story, not without some (not much) atmosphere.

The legend it's based on is interesting and the backstory of the hero is also fascinating with the first ten minutes both creepy and sympathetic of it's main character.

but what i loved was the predictable opening frightner, the mother getting killed in the doorway was scary as hell and the toothfairy hovering outside the bathroom was class.

Although I'm not usually a fan of modern films having shorter running times (it was more understandable back in the days of literal A and B films on the same bill at a theater), Darkness Falls is compact because there is little "dead time" between the suspenseful material.

It was the unexpected things, yes, like the cat jumping on the car.

Another teen-friendly PG-13 horror film that'll turn out to be a toothless (pun intended) waste of money and time.

If you suspend logic just for the movies spooky and shock value as well as it's special effects the movie can be quite entertaining.

Every killing scene is predictable that it becomes comical.

This film will not age well, but its entertaining .

' It suffered from EVERY 'Friday the 13th' type of cliche (even the damned cat jumping on the car).

What actually works well for this one is the rather enjoyable atmosphere here that effectively makes this a lot creepier than it really should e.

I watched it with my cousins, who liked it, and the only thing that kept me from falling asleep was that my uncle turned off the lights in the living room from the basement.

you might be bored.

There is no story to talk about, it leaves no impression whatsoever.

This is a movie that will make you yawn and laugh at how bad it is, it is one of those RUSHED Hollywood TYPE MOVIES that come by quickly and leave quicker, this film should never of came at all.

Just because it makes you jump doesn't mean this cleche, predictable, uninspired horror mess is any good.

Also, despite that fact that she APPEARS with predictable regularity, I am disappointed that the character of the Tooth Fairy was not USED as effectively as it could have.

You've got lots of typical, boring horror conventions--Lights going on and off, pop-scares, loud sounds and off-screen deaths.

The middle only succeeded in boring me with it's dull acting and typical slasher scenes.

The dialogue is extremely repetitive, the whole story is easily guessed within the first 15 minutes, and the characters are extremely dull and as non-interesting as possible.

Totaly pointless and I think I lose an I.

To have that loooong opening with the cliche voiced narrator explaining their story's history - which was just Freddy/Jason like - a horribly scarred victim ready to seek revenge.

The villain is visually stunning in my opinion, also despite what critics say and as has been stated it keeps at a good tick.

Pretty much despised by the discerning horror-phile, Darkness Falls, to me at least, is a creepy, interesting and totally enjoyable thriller/ghost picture worth reappraisals.

If it had been 5 minutes long it would have been really quite good, if it had been half an hour long it would have been enjoyable, at an hour and a half it was just a waste of my time and money.

Don't waste your time unless you're truly wasted.

Though there are plenty of action-filled portions, the movie is only mildly frightening and superficially engaging.

Overall, it's tripe but entertaining and the tooth fairy reminded me of a ghost from a Japanese horror flick in the way that she was climbing walls and flying around in a long black cloak.

It just seems stupid and pointless.

"It has any number of gripping images and scenes.

, "The Ring", "The Vanishing", etc.)I found it to be an entertaining film with few pretensions.

Then the 'back story' of the protagonist was creepy, and suspenseful.

90% of those who get dragged off by the angry spirit have absolutely NO character development, so when they finally get it you don't really feel too sad at all.

Very Predictable .

It IS a shorter film, but take a look at the number of reviews for other movies that state that "the kids were bored" halfway through the film.

Like the bland characters in this wreck of a film saw the ghost, I saw this movie, and also like them it gave me night terrors.

If you have watched this movie and considered it anything other than a complete waste of time than you have proven just how stupid you really are.

It's a fact that there's a stable audience for such C-grade horror flicks, which despite lacking a story and entertaining characters, provide plenty of jump scares and helter skelter adventure that can pass for cheap fun on a lazy weekend.

All mindless, CGI, well photographed fluff, but entertaining none the less.

The effects were creepy and mysterious, it's "typical" of horror movies of the 20th century, but still was good and entertaining.

Darkness Falls is way too predictable, boring, and lackluster in every way.

For a few entertaining moments and a cool intro.

Other than that the film is very enjoyable and Emma Caufeild is magnificent.

But after that, it gets a kind of boring.

Let me start off sayin that this movie is not the next Ring, but it still is a step in the right direction for PG-13 horror, entertaining the audience w/ countless jump scenes and a few tense ones too.

Well we turned it off after about 40 minutes because we were BORED!

This is a very suspenseful and smart film.

What starts out as a promising concept turns into a pathetic bore.

I could feel their boredom and embarrassment as they delivered flat lines of clunky dialogue.

The movie is fast paced.

True some of the dialogue was clunky (how many times did he tell the police to stay in the light, use the flashlights etc), and there were some truly predictable moments (we're safe in the car...

run time, yet was really entertaining and fun.

) The movie is painfully predictable.

This is a character that could have been taken to brave new heights, but is refused access in the name of the horror movie cliche.

Its a fun movie if you don't expect too much from it, overall I enjoyed it.

BeginFirst the movie had a slow intro.

A movie that had possibilities, only to p*** them away and ultimately be a simple, sometimes entertaining goof fest that is easily forgettable stuff.

That being said, I WAS distracted by the story's failure to live up to its potential and the predictable, CGI-laden set pieces and chase sequences.

The beginning is slow, very little jumps make it not worth seeing.

It had me on the edge of my seat wanting more!

Darkness Falls is a dull knife;...

I just want to say that I enjoyed it and gave it an 8 out of 10.

A Bad Predictable Horror Movie .

It's quite entertaining.

Very Entertaining.

This also gives another feel here for the big-energy action scenes here of the rampage through the police station taking out the force in one chilling, high-energy fashion or the attack in the hospital staff where it throws around the staff in thrilling fashion while also further the darkness angle to aid the action.

An unique idea gets turned into a boring slasher flick.

It wasn't 100% scary, but it was very entertaining.

It is an effective time waster (at a tight 75 minutes or so) and good entertainment for a boring night of movies.

It runs on a tiny bit too long, the monster gets repetitive and the annoying, creepy little boy begins to grate on you after a while.

I enjoyed it more on my second viewing .

or the more and more contrived action flicks every summer.

It's just a waste of time for me.

Another cliché during the movie was looking out the window and the friend jumps out of the dark to say hi.

The main character says the same phrase more then ten times witch shows that this movie has a really bad and predictable story tough it is better than some other movies of the kind like Jason X.

I finally caught DARKNESS FALLS and enjoyed it, though I can hardly imagine ever sitting through it again.

Entertaining vengeful ghost story follows all the clichés of the genre and certainly won't surprise anyone at Oscar time.

It is the worst movie of all time.

Really disappointing considering all the promotion gimmicks and trailers - and yet, you're left with an empty feeling.

It was a scary on the edge of your seat thriller type movie.

The creature is well conceived and scary (at least in the beginning) but as the movie goes on things fall apart and it becomes a boring sub-standard monster chasing people in the dark flick.

The movie runs very short, and thank God.. at the end, you're staring at the screen in complete confusion.

Part of this has to do with how predictable the film is.

Sub-standard PG-13 Hollywood Horror Trite.

" As I left the theater, I thought, "If Mystery Science Theater were still filming, this would be a movie featured on there in about five years.

Forty minutes in and I quite literally fell asleep in my chair.

Some parts are clichéd, such as the rugged handsome hero helping his old girlfriend,the inevitable shoot out in the cop shop, and the grand CGI unveiling of the monster at the end, but Darkness Falls still has a great atmosphere and some dense and suspenseful scenes - the opening, and also the kids "therapy" session...

Ultimately, there is no plot, character development, or any creativity put into this movie.

We've all seen this before but what the heck, it's entertaining and it sets the right mood instantly.

But, in the end, this movie is entertaining.

EVERY movie these days, spare a few, suffers from horror symptoms: cliches, contrived plots, cheesy lines...

I seriously wanted to laugh so many times, it was just so moronic for a horror movie to be this dull.

Other than that, complete waste of time.

Gets my vote as worst movie I have ever seen.

What ever it is the movie did got pretty OK cast but with so lame-o script (actually it is so unexpected, who would ever thought of (killer tooth fairy, who's also afraid of match stick light?

It was unimaginative and uninteresting.

As far as the story goes, it's typical Hollywood with a plain boring ending (and I'm not even talking about the pointless final scene).

) What a waste of my time.

I can't even comment on the story, because there was no story.

But, no, they had the little boy suffering through the whole thing and I was bored.

To wrap up: unless you like movies featuring loud, screaming banshees and boring lead actors that look stiffer than the Terminator........

The scariest and most suspenseful PG-13 film I've ever seen.

Its worth seeing especially if u like the predictable plots and over used scare routines.

This is not your average ho hum run of the mill horror; this is great, fast paced, chilling entertainment.

While this is not a classic or even considered as a good Horror movie, I think we could be generous with it and label it as an entertaining B-horror effort that should be enjoyed for what it is.

Nevertheless, the movie had its suspenseful parts, which to my surprise; they were the ones that weren't scary at all.

"We then get one contrived plot development after another, each designed to get somebody alone in the dark for spooky moments, all of which have been done better elsewhere, such as in "They.

All in all, it was really scary and entertaining.

Why Todd McFarlane felt the need to make an action figure (in the guise of his Movie Maniacs line) of such a boring character is beyond me.

The collaboration of fast camera-work and editing is incoherent, and the supposedly suspenseful sequences (with the exception of one) are not stretched out enough to build anticipation, and instead much of what we get is a classic case of rehashed, reused boo moments.

The plot is stupid at it's heart, very predictable and has enough holes in the story to amaze a gopher.

It's pure eye candy for an hour and a half, and it's quite intense.

Part 2: The ho-hum middle - I learned rather fast that the possibilities of goodness that Darkness Falls created in it's opening got sucked out of the movie rather quickly.

Overall, I found the movie to be entertaining, somewhat.

This was a boring and tedious exercise, ruined from start to finish.

The Ring worked because of its chilling atmosphere, engaging mystery, and fine performances.

It does make you jump and you will leave the theater "entertained".

It just gets boring and predictable from there on out.

But, if you look for an entertaining popcorn movie, you still can have this; even you already know what is happened before you watch the movie.

When I first started watching it I enjoyed it,and I thought it was good for a period of time.


It's boring beginning to end and there is no horror whatsoever.

The attempts are too laughable and predictable to be taken seriously.

But instead, the film becomes dreadfully boring.

Unexpected Brilliance.

Halfway through i just wanted the movie to finish but boy did it drag on and i was shocked when i walked out and i realised how short the movie actually was.

Liebesman packs the scenario with a number of false scares, perhaps to atone for the lack of gory thrills necessitated by a studio-mandated PG-13 rating, though the reliance on mood and suggestion yields some effective results, facilitated by George Liddle's atmospheric art direction, Dan Laustsen's evocative cinematography, and - especially - Randy Thom's ultra-creepy sound design, all of which conspire to generate maximum tension from an otherwise mediocre script.

Well, whatever your reason is to see this movie, fine, but if your looking to be scared, don't waste you money.

The film suffers from way too many plot flaws and repetitive dialogue.

my girlfriend and i watched this movie and thought that it was good, suspenseful and had it's parts that made us jump.

For a large part of the film, it dragged on, in "I Still Know What You Did Last Summer" fashion.

This leads to many suspenseful situations involving flashlights and overhead beams.

"It's not shoddy special effects, wooden acting or derivative, predictable, implausible plots that we horror fans mind - it's having our intelligence insulted.

) Only it's not the Menace yet, it's a young girl, the very engaging Emily Browning who should prove even more engaging as an adult.

If you just want something to waste your time then go watch this movie.

Sure the loud, suspenseful music was scary and the horrible noise emitted by the witch was enough to send shivers down anybody's spine, on the whole it is just another bad movie.

Cheesy Horror Crap - But Entertaining .

It didn't help that I'd just watched THE FOG remake, which represented everything bland, boring and senseless about modern Hollywood horrors.

As long as people are being killed in vicious and exciting ways then who really cares!!!

Kinda like the kid in the Sixth Sense but it was dragged down because of the crappiness of Darkness Falls.

from the terrifying opening to the exciting end, me and my freinds were at the edge of our seat from start to finish, the girls grip that was sitting next to me in the pictures was so tight that my hand turned red.

after a bit i got very bored with the whole movie.

The whole bland thing made me think that this was a "christian" produced horror film.

Decent acting, good story flow, nice special effects for the budget, honest scares, fine gore-avoidance, entertaining mood-setting opening credits, and cliches up the whazoo.

What I THINK were trying to be the "gripping" parts of the movie sporadically popped out of no-where and were just so...

Hey if you score free tickets or a $0.50 show go for it, but other than that don't waste your money.

The tooth fairy's horrible screeching and the intense sound effects used easily make you jump.

Entertaining flick that's far better than its reputation.

At barely seventy minutes long, carrying a whomping fifteen minutes of agonizingly slow end credits in order to hurdle the film past the acceptable eighty minute mark of a feature film, it has a notably difficult time conjuring up a story, let alone explaining it, and introducing characters we must be sympathetic towards for the film's entire runtime.

But it was really predictable, you knew what was going to happen.

Darkness falls too predictable .

Once I was able to stop laughing at the appearance of the "spirit" (which looked a bit like an old-style hockey goalie's mask with a green plastic garbage bag attached) I was able to discern enough to realize how absolutely empty the story was.

This has to be one of the worst movies I have ever seen in my life.

I mean, John Carpenter would have stayed away from this terrible film, and he's made a career out of trite and stupendously tepid films.

From dodgy acting with several lines repeated a number times, to poor direction which bores the viewer, then a pretty uninteresting and badly used 'baddie' and this not to mention the ham sound effects which are more comical than fearful.

Over all, i thought the movie could have been made a lot better but i am not going to complain, cos i totally enjoyed it...

I enjoyed it & think the tooth fairy special effects were effectively creepy.

Also me and my friends agree that it was too predictable.

I was getting slightly bored of Anya and was interested to see whether Emma Caulfield could pull of acting in anything else.

This film is thrilling, suspenseful, and really scary.

) it gets boring.

I watched this after a night out and couldn't think of anything to put on, I remember buying it and at the time it having loads of bad reviews, I was intrigued because of the tooth fairy thing, on watching it i really enjoyed it, and it also managed to scare me a few times.

The commercials were very compelling, and even the website is done very professionally.

My friend was actually going to leave the theater on a count of it being so scary, and everyone screaming!

The Acting In This Movie Was Brilliant With Emma Caulfield Providing A Stunning Performance.

Its predictable, has cheap jumps and it leaves you asking yourself about the loopholes in the characters.

Darkness Falls seems to be Hollywoods latest attempt at squeezing out the same bland scare flick with the only Mythical creature that hasn't been exploited...

The story is actually engrossing, a take on the classic tooth fairy tale.

The cinematography reduced itself to one cool shot, given away in the first ten minutes of the movie, then descended into unwatchable mediocrity.

When the theater is zoned into the movie, the movie is entertaining.

It reminds of the eighties when a shallow,plotless horror film like for instance Sleepaway Camp 2 can be 79 minutes long,be fun as hell,entertain the crap outta you and get it's point across.

It's also very short (85 minutes) and does have its dull stretches.

Suspenseful, creepy atmosphere, shocking death of the mother, finishing up with a great shot of the boy crouched in the brightly lit bathroom as the ghost hovers over the doorway in the dark.

"Darkness Falls" slides neatly into the category of cheesy yet mildly entertaining scary movies, the once that seem to balance between good and mediocre from beginning to end.

Boring, dragging, why is the Tooth Fairy trying to kill the kid?

)It shows that a low budget,plotless horror film without your *TOP* teen stars can still be released.

Silly, but enjoyable.

The plot was predictable, the acting was bad, it was just boring.

This is not a `forever-actual' movie (like `An interview with the vampire'), but it's enjoyable and will keep you cuffed to the screen till the end.

Not only was this movie boring, the plot pointless and the actors lacking, what was with " Evil toothfairy!

It has no real plot, no resolution, and the only difference is you see a monster!

The movie didn't work because you didn't care what happened to these people, it was a waste of talent, the plot was too predictable, the ending was way too simple, doesn't anybody get tired of watching monsters explode?

Pointless, tedious piece of crap .

A good idea done right by television standards, and well worth watching for free.

I highly recommend it, ignore the critis and get scared for once.

God, talk about wretched and boring .

Also I found the monster's looks dull and ridiculous.

Sure, the acting was not that good, the plot was, well, rediculous, but damn, this movie was a hell of a lot better than that yawner "One Hour Photo"!!

The acting is both pathetically funny and annoyingly bad, the script is formulaic and contrived, the CGI tooth fairy looks fake, and there are enough stupid plot holes to make Ed Wood Jr. scratch his head in amazement.

The only surprises were when excessively loud sounds were added to the predictable situations.

"Darkness" is a boring, routine horror move that offers us nothing new at all.

Overall this one was quite underrated and pretty enjoyable for what it was.

The very premise - a disfigured old woman who was once kind to children is lynched, curses a town, and comes back from the dead to kill people that happen to see her - is complicated, contrived and derivative of better movies.

The story is really predictable and lame.

The lighting's good, and the tone's okay too (not too jokey like the Kevin-Williamsonian teenybopper screamers, not too full of itself like `The Ring'), but the cast and characters are bland, the scares are all the same, and the monster-fight scenes are repetitive, confusing, and worst of all boring.

When the movie let out, people were very positive, many coming down off of adrenalin highs from such a suspenseful climate.

As well as a thrilling and suspenseful musical score by Brian Tyler.

I love horror flicks and understand they usually wind up being cheesy or just unscary but I really did not enjoy this film because it had potential to be suspenseful and creepy and, aside from the first ten minutes of the film, it wasn't.

Tough to watch the first 30 minutes but the last 20 were at least entertaining.

He was a very good intense actor who gave a great troubled performance with Kyle,the kid who saw his mum killed by the evil old hag when it came to collect his last baby tooth back when he was 10 yrs old.

The build-up is completely dull and the ending is mundane and unfulfilling.

The movie is predictable, the creature is annoying with its high pitched screams, and the characters are paper thin.

To be honest, I think it's very entertaining, has good action sequences, decent acting, great use of lights in the dark, and a not so bad looking supernatural villain.

There are so many vastly superior horror films out there, don't waste your time with this one.

(spoilers)Nicely photographed, well-composed with nice slow tracking shots down corridors for suspense.

It's simply a collection of steriotypical scary movie moments, all of which have become terribly predictable, and making this movie horribly boring to sit through.

Even though it was predictable .

By the end, its a boring train wreck of a movie, even though its less than 80 minutes long, that disappoints on all ends.

Being predictable is it major weakness.

(The back story probably would have made a much more absorbing flick.

The dialogue is pretty bland.

The fact that she expanded her vendetta from terrorizing toothless kids to attacking grown-ups who happened to get in the way, not to mention her pursuit of the adult protagonist who escaped her clutches when he was a child, made me wait for her to huskily say "this time it's personal" or some other cliche that the film seems to borrow liberally.

Overall, a great, innovative story, interesting story- a few lame 'scares' but still very addictive and highly entertaining!

The film is dark and intense and definetly scares you in many aspects particularly its boogeywoman the toothfairy (refreshing to have a female villian isnt it).

This movie had me on the edge of my dark blue couch.

Fast paced, entertaining, Take it for what it is.

Darkness Falls has to be the worst movie I have ever seen.

The finale in the lighthouse is even more fun here with the race to get the lights on against the encroaching darkness, the high-energy brawling and the fantastic spectacle to finish it off is also a part of this one's better elements that all come together, along with the creepy look of the spirit in its mask and charred look that makes this one quite enjoyable against the flaws.

The movie is well paced and very engaging.

These here do manage to hold it down, but it's still enjoyable enough here.

etc. It's so routine that it becomes a bore.

Unoriginal, nonscary, nonthrilling, waste of time.

After this fast paced beginning I was pumped and ready to go for what I was hoping to be an equally cool continuation once the credits went through.

Why it's emergency lights fail in a predictable cascade sequence.

Ho Hum.

What we are left with is a product that instead of being a b-grade scare fest, is an average looking b-grade snore fest.

The editing is haphazard in places too, sometimes making it hard to follow what's going on during some of the more involved action sequences.

Possibly the worst movie ever....

Worst movie ever .

If you're bored and you have a couple of hours to kill, call a friend or two over and watch this together.

This thing contains no tension, it's extremely predictable, stupid and it's a waste of your money.

I've seen pictures of the creature and they look stunning.

A complete waste of time and mental energy in every respect.

The box art promises you something fantastic, but judging this poorly written, tiresome film by its cover is definitely a mistake.

Seeing this poorly acted, cliche-riddled, plot jumper reminded me of a writing class class in junior high where everyone tries to be scary by piecing together the "coolest" elements from horror movies, only to look back years later and realize there were no original thoughts or talent whatsoever.

Big cliche.

Suddenly the tooth fairy is smashing up the town, killing everyone and even engaging in car chases.

Don't waste your money.

Darkness Falls opens with a decent scene, but the film quickly becomes uninteresting ghost-drivel.

stupid and boring .

Don't waste your money renting (or, God forbid, actually BUYING) this movie!

It's crap, it's painful to watch, and if you really don't mind the painful moments, it's just a bore.

Contrived is the first word that comes to mind in describing this tripe.

*sarcasm* This movie was a waste of money and time that I will never get back!

This was one of the worst movies i have ever seen.

All in all, it is the worst movie I have ever seen.

A Short, But Entertaining Jump-A-Second Scarefest.

But the simplistic story, cheesy dialogue, and stereotypical characters were pretty tiresome.

There are numerous scenes of Tooth Fairy attacks that just aren't clear in terms of action, who's being killed, etc. The plot is one big cliche.

Intense, Dark, and scary.

dullest in your kitchen drawers in fact.

Ten minutes longer would make it feel tiresome, believe me.

It was dull sometimes and didn't hold my interest in some parts because the movie was getting quite dull and 'thin' but overall, horror buffs might get something good out of this.

It gains the attention of the audience teasing us, making us believe that the rest of the film might by chance be worth watching.

Of course, in the end, every character ends up dead except the protagonists, yawn.

I enjoyed the movie and found it pretty entertaining.

I'm talking about how it goes from very suspenseful to techno/pop/dance music.

It kept me on the edge of my seat practically the whole time and when I turned off the lights after tucking myself into bed...

'Darkness Falls' is the first film to EVER bore me to sleep.

Special effects are awesome and the finales exciting.

I rated this one star because it was a waste of my time.

The film lasts only 74 minutes which means someone was cutting their losses on the editing room floor but the result is just more confusion.

The movie takes a bad turn around the midpoint when Kyle (Kley) makes it to the hospital just as the boy is about to undergo an experimental procedure, which is ultra-contrived, and the film never recovers.

What a waste of 75 minutes of my life!

The little kid, who this Tooth-Fairy is after at the beginning, is just as boring as the little kid whom he tries to help after becoming an adult.