I think that with this movie we have wrapped up the “turn-of-the-century” sleek horror movies, mentioned in Jeepers Creepers review. Darkness Falls was Jonathan Liebesman’s directorial debut. He went on to direct The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning and Battle Los Angeles, although I think this is his best movie. Especially when compared to Battle Los Angeles. This is another mainstream horror movie, although the poster features an R rating, this is actually a PG-13 movie. It has some decent scares and the visuals were phenomenal, especially the Tooth Fairy that looked scary as shit. She was originally set to appear only in the final act, but studious thought that this wasn’t enough and added more appearances that actually made the difference. General story and great pacing made up for the lack of heavy content and opened Darkness Falls to a wider auditorium.

Darkness Falls [2003] Movie Review Recommendation PosterDarkness Falls, an ordinary small town has a secret to share. Long time ago, there was this widow, widow Matilda Dixon (still mourning for Merle) and she loved children. And the children loved her, especially when she gave them coins for lost teeth. However, a horrible fire left her face disfigured and soon the townsfolk turned on her, burning her at the stake. With her dying breath she cursed the town, vowing to revenge. Some 150 years later, she’s about to exact it.

If you’re looking for some cinematographic wonders or unique stories, this is not the movie for you. It features a simplistic story and decent cinematography, but it’s very easy to watch and follow. It’s perfect for those nights where you just want to follow some easygoing horror shit going on. It’s a fun romp and it should be treated as such. The main villain is very well defined, with an origin story and amazing looks. She pushed the movie forward, similar to those horror movies of the old, where you were watching the movie anxious to get another glimpse of this evil entity. Another huge plus is the whole childhood angle. We all remember when we were kids and afraid of pretty much everything. Darkness Falls successfully emulates that environment and takes you back to your childhood. Finally, with a running time just over 75 minutes, it won’t take much of your time, even if you don’t like it. Enjoy.

 

Director: Jonathan Liebesman

Cast: Chaney Kley, Emma Caulfield, Lee Cormie, Grant Piro, Steve Mouzakis

Fun Facts: The film went through five titles (“The Tooth Fairy”, “Don’t Peek”, “Fear of the Dark”, “The Tooth Fairy: The Ghost of Matilda Dixon” and “The Tooth Fairy: Every Legend Has Its Dark Side”) before it became Darkness Falls (2003).

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IMDb Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0282209/

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