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Darkness Falls (2003)



Critic Consensus: A derivative movie where the scares are few and things don't make much sense.

Movie Info

As a young boy, Kyle Walsh claims to have accidentally woken up out of his sleep, just in time to see the Tooth Fairy trying to kill him. From that point forward he is considered crazy by everyone in town--except his childhood sweetheart, Caitlin, and her little brother, Michael. Years later, Kyle must return home to confront his troubled past, and save Caitlin and Michael from an unrelenting evil that has plagued the town of Darkness Falls for over 150 years.more
Rating: PG-13 (for terror and horror images, and brief language)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Horror
Directed By: ,
Written By: Joseph Harris, John Vanderbilt, Joe Harris, John Fasano, James Vanderbilt
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 29, 2003
Box Office: $32.0M
Sony Pictures Releasing - Official Site


Chaney Kley
as Kyle Walsh
Emma Caulfield
as Caitlin `Cat' Greene
Lee Cormie
as Michael Greene
Grant Piro
as Larry Fleishman
Sullivan Stapleton
as Officer Matt Henry
Steve Mouzakis
as Dr. Peter Murphy
Peter Curtin
as Dr. Travis
Kestie Morassi
as Nurse Lauren
Jenny Lovell
as Nurse Alexandra
John Stanton
as Capt. Thomas Henry
Angus Sampson
as Ray Winchester
Charlotte Rees
as Marie Winchester
Joshua Anderson
as Young Kyle Walsh
Emily Browning
as Young Caitlin Greene
Peter Stanton
as Captain Thomas Henry
Rebecca McCauley
as Kyle's Mom
Daniel Daperis
as Young Larry Fleishma...
Andrew Bayly
as Officer Batten
Aaron Gazzola
as Little Boy
Cecelia Specht
as Little Boy's Mother
Matt Robertson
as Little Boy's Father
Mark Blackmore
as Bartender
Joshua Parnell
as Store Clerk
Rayne Guest
as Spilled Beer Girl
Andrew T. Dauchy
as Drinking Buddy
Bruce Hughes
as Medical Examiner
Roy Edmunds
as Police Officer
Phil Reilley
as Police Officer
Mark Wickham
as Police Officer
Marnie Statkus
as Police Officer
Gary A. Hecker
as Vocal Effects
Antony Burrows
as The Tooth Fairy
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Critic Reviews for Darkness Falls

All Critics (129) | Top Critics (30)

It begins with not one but two prologues; one character turns up out of nowhere, his introduction no doubt left on the cutting-room floor; and the paltry 85-minute running time includes 15 minutes of end credits.

Full Review… | February 26, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

All semblance of plausibility is extracted, leaving a cast of TV actors to struggle with a plot with more gaps than an eight-year-old's grin.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Oy, how it falls.

Full Review… | September 26, 2005
Washington Post
Top Critic

It's only slightly more enjoyable than having army ants gnaw at your privates.

Full Review… | February 8, 2014
Georgia Straight

So bad it's almost painful. Skip it.

Full Review… | December 22, 2010
Common Sense Media

A very flawed but entertaining and cheesy monster flick that would be fun to watch around a crowd with some popcorn.

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

Audience Reviews for Darkness Falls


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 roy

Super Reviewer

It started out real good. I mean REAL good. I absolutely loved the beginning. It was dead creepy. But then it started to get corny and boring in the end. Kyle's acting wasn't that good. His "stay in the light" dialogue seemed to be more like uttering a memorized line without having any feelings in it. And it kinda bothered me when all the characters died (except the main ones, of course).

Dead Angel

Super Reviewer


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.

Cassandra Maples

Super Reviewer

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