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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
15
Cast
Chaney Kley
Emma Caulfield
Lee Cormie
Grant Piro.
Directors
Jonathan Liebesman.
Screenwriters
Joseph Harris
John Fasano
James Vanderbilt.
Running Time
85 minutes

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Darkness Falls
Unintentionally funny horror starring Anya from Buffy


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Plot
A vengeful spirit in the form of the Tooth Fairy menaces the inhabitants of the town that lynched her 150 years ago.


Review
Hung around a hackneyed ghost story plot, this has unknowns Chaney Kley and Emma Caulfield pursued by 'The Tooth Fairy' (an implausible clotheshorse on a string that, in a conceit lifted from the immeasurably superior Pitch Black, can only menace in the dark). In fact, a standout moment has a set of doctors informing a worried mother that the best way to cure her son's debilitating fear of the dark is to lock the poppet up in a sensory deprivation tank.

On all the basic tests of horror - suspense, shock and even that old standby, tsunamis of gore - Darkness Falls fails spectacularly. This is likely only to scare those with a pre-existing fear of the dark. Either that, or it will make them see how senseless their phobia is.


Verdict
While it's good to see the irony-constipated attitude to horror movies finally gasping its last breaths, it's sad that what it has been replaced with, at least in the case of Darkness Falls, is the kind of movie that gets laughs entirely unintentionally.


Reviewed by Adam Smith

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this film did not turn out how i thought it would do, i agree with Andyhutch the opening scene sets a chilling atmosphere and it looks like it's going to be a scary film but then it began to bore me, and there wasn't any really any scary moments after that, it didn't offer anytging new to the horror genre like i thought it would, i thought the idea and plot of the film was great but they should have done more with it ... More

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