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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.

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 15
3 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
5 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
0 out of 5
5 out of 5

So bad it's almost painful. Skip it.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this film contains countless sequences of children in jeopardy, not to mention many (mostly bloodless) onscreen deaths. It also features some kissing between two rather young children, as well as the unpleasant sight of young kids ripping out their last baby teeth. There are jump-out-at-you surprises, suspenseful fake-outs, and also numerous scenes in which the Tooth Fairy appears and lets out a high-pitched scream.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about why people should not jump to conclusions about others, such as the way the townspeople did about the old woman. Why is she terrorizing the children? They should also discuss why kids should not forcibly remove their teeth.

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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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,, 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

2 stars

This will screw up what kids think about the toothfairy for years....ha!

- Showrogan, Saturday, June 7, 2008

2 stars

This is a tricky one to rate. Basically, it's shit. But at the same time, it didn't bore me because it's not pretentious, and at just over 70 mins, it's mercifully short. It has literally no plot to speak of and the dialogue is lame and repetititive; it feels like a po-faced and lesser episode of the X-Files, but it's reasonably well shot. In the end, a sense of humour would've helped immensely. Inoffensive rubbish.

- garyX, Monday, April 30, 2007

1 star

A really awful horror movie on all fronts, but it's at least notable for not letting up. The atmosphere is consistent, unlike most of today's horror films. Still, The Descent did this far better, and was actually a good film. This is Derivative Central.

- ceWEBrity, Sunday, January 21, 2007