Darkness Falls (2003) Darkness Falls is like something salvaged from Stephen King's wastebasket: In a sleepy Maine burg, the locals are getting killed by...the tooth fairy! (Coming soon:… 2003-01-24 PG-13 PT85M Horror Emma Caulfield Chaney Kley Columbia Pictures
Movie Review

Darkness Falls (2003)

MPAA Rating: PG-13
Darkness Falls | OH, THE HORROR! Caulfield (with Lee Cormie) faces ''Darkness''
OH, THE HORROR! Caulfield (with Lee Cormie) faces ''Darkness''
EW's GRADE
D-

Details Release Date: Jan 24, 2003; Rated: PG-13; Length: 85 Minutes; Genre: Horror; With: Emma Caulfield and Chaney Kley; Distributor: Columbia Pictures

Darkness Falls is like something salvaged from Stephen King's wastebasket: In a sleepy Maine burg, the locals are getting killed by...the tooth fairy! (Coming soon: ''Easter Bunny -- The Revenge.'') It's up to a grown orphan (the justly little-known Chaney Kley), whose mother was slaughtered by the creature, and his childhood sweetheart (''Buffy the Vampire Slayer'''s vapid Emma Caulfield) to extract the evil force from town.

Director Jonathan Liebesman confuses scaring the audience with simply startling them. Every shock is accompanied by a loud crash -- and telegraphed by having the victim utter some quasi-ironic line like ''See, there's nothing to be afraid of.'' Oh, but there is.

Originally posted Jan 24, 2003 Published in issue #694 Feb 07, 2003 Order article reprints