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Darkness Falls

horror, thrillers


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.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    9%
  • Audience Score
    34%

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    9%
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  • Audience

    34%

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: As far as semi-abandoned midwinter Hollywood compost goes, though, Darkness Falls basically brings home the bacon for horror fans.

- Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com, Thursday, January 23, 2003

Rotten: The best thing to be said for Darkness Falls is that it contains one decent piece of advice: Stay in the light. When the lights are on, after all, this movie won't be shown.

- Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel, Thursday, January 23, 2003

Rotten: You will find more frights in Finding Nemo. And you might just have more fun playing with your lollie wrappers, performing shadow puppets on the screen - or even picking your nose - than enduring this dimly lit horror movie.

- Shannon J. Harvey, Sunday Times (Australia), Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

1 star

While the opening scene was promising and genuinely suspenseful, the rest of the movie wanders in a different direction to make it ultimately suck. I like the idea of not looking at the antagonist - sounds like the concept of a creepy myth. So why didn't they put more emphasis in that and leave all of the crap out? I really don't want to spend too much time writing this, as such a disappointing film doesn't really deserve the time of day....so why am I wasting my time writing this? It's even more pointless than the film itself. Oh well, I'll go now.

- matertenebraum, Friday, July 17, 2009

1 star

The film starts with an interesting story of an old woman loved by children, but victimised when she is disfigured. It's a quick 4 minute narration, but it's more interesting than the rest of this film. They should have made the film a period piece. Instead it becomes a usual horror. What's really annoying is that the first 10 minutes are brilliant. Genuine chills and jumps, not to mention those freaky moments where you want to look away. The main problem with Darkness Falls is a complete lack of characters, but plenty of people. People are introduced just to be slaughtered. The film is so short that they had to make the credits 11 minutes long just so they could show the film theatrically. Perhaps they should have spent some time developing the protagonists. Upon further searching, the design of the Tooth Fairy was changed, for the worst. The original design was creepy and unholy. Now it's just some pissed off old girl. Very missable indeed.

- kiriyamakazou, Friday, March 27, 2009

2 stars

The effects in this movie are well-done and I really like the child actor in it, but there's not much else to say about this. You know those horror movies where the horror would end if the main characters weren't such dumbasses? This is one of those. None of the characters are likeable, but the movie is short, so you don't have to put up with them for long. There's nothing to HATE about this movie, but there was nothing special about it.

- MidnightMadwoman, Sunday, June 22, 2008