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A derivative movie where the scares are few and things don't make much sense. Read critic reviews

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In Maine, the residents of Darkness Falls are all aware of the legend of Matilda Dixon, an old woman who was tragically murdered by a mob in the 1800s because the townspeople thought she was killing children. Now Darkness Falls has to contend with Matilda's supernatural wrath. Childhood friends Kyle (Chaney Kley) and Caitlin (Emma Caulfield) return home to uncover the truth behind the legend after Caitlin's little brother (Lee Cormie) has recurring nightmares about Matilda.

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  • Aug 02, 2012
    Started off well with a scarier version of the Tooth Fairy, but then started to drag on and on, with random deaths and mindless plot. Characters completely ignored everyone else's death, just let them all die. Matilda was like Santa Clause, instead of giving everyone gifts, killing everyone in one night, very efficient. Still watchable, but not recommended
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Jul 28, 2012
    Decent horror yarn that could have been much better, Darkness Falls is not as bad as everyone has claimed it to be, but it leaves a lot to desired. What I enjoyed about the film was the concept; I thought it was very interesting. Despite this, it seems that the filmmakers were afraid of trying to do anything truly great with its idea. The result is a horror film that relies on jump scares to deliver its tension. I enjoyed it for the mindless entertainment it provided. There's never anything going on on-screen to really make it good. Darkness Falls is a decent outing, but it does lack in some areas and I think it could have toned down on the jump scares, which really didn't work. The idea was interesting, but there just wasn't enough substance to the story to truly realize its potential. A decent horror outing, but nothing ever great, the film is just mildly fun entertainment if you can forget its flaws. As a whole it does do its job at being fun, but there are plenty of things that could have been changed. The problem with this film is that it relies way too much on special effects instead of having a tense, brooding atmosphere, which is at the core of every solid horror flick, and then maybe the film would have been better. Decent, but not as bad as what every one has claimed it to be, the film is worth watching if you have nothing else better to watch. If more effort would have been put into the script and the focus would be less on effects, then maybe this would have been a far better film.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Jul 17, 2011
    The film may have made money but it deserved more depth and focus. I had read user reviews and thought this would be much better than this. The film is quite over the top with a long boring no surprise plot line. The opening of the film was the only interesting part of the film. The concept changes over the course of the film but who cares as this film is a waste of talent. I thought this film may have grown into one of those cult status films over the years, but sadly this is one of those bad/terrible films that should be forgotten. THe central villain is poorly managed and just feels silly, not scary. I'm shocked that this film was some what successful, there are better horror films that have failed at the box office. I would give this one a giant miss or you can laugh at how bad the acting is. 17/08/2018.
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • May 31, 2011
    Not the most clever horror movie, although it has its scary moments.
    Jacob P Super Reviewer

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