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Pair of peeks at DARKNESS FALLS!!!

Published at: Nov. 15, 2002, 6:42 a.m. CST

Hey folks, Harry here with a pair of reviews that got me anxious to check out a scary movie from Revolution Pictures. They're the same place that seems to be having a lot of fun with genres at this point. War film, Comedy, Horror... ya know, I haven't seen overwrought melodrama yet, but that could always be POST-HUMAN - true biopic of Michael Jackson. Oh, sorry... can't take that back, the backspace key is broken. Anyway, these two reviews in combination with that really cool trailer we linked to a while back... Well, it has me anxious to see the film. Click here for the Trailer! Now read the reviews...

What’s up everyone? I’m now writing my SECOND review ever.  So don’t punish me too much if the writing ‘ain’t up to par’. Anyway, I got to see this film by the name ofDarknessFalls(which is the name of the city where the movie takes place).  The guy who introduced the movie said we’re the first to see it, who knows? I’d watched the trailer a couple nights before, and it looked really good.  But with most horror/suspense films like this, the trailer is usually a lot better than the end result. So I wasn’t sure what to expect. But after watching the film, all I have to say is, “DAMN!!!!!”  This film was fantastic! It’s directed by some newbie director fromSouth Africa, so I’m very excited to watch this guy’s career. The film sets up exactly the same way as the trailer (just download it and you’ll see) so the film just gets right into it. 

The opening is just classic. Remember the opening from Scream 1 – remember how great that was? This one is far superior! Then after the beginning, there’s a brief calm period to introduce the characters and such, and then from then on it’s just absolutely terrifying. My girl was holding on to my arm the whole time, but I was sort of clinging to her as well.  The scary points were made even scarier because they had the SFX turned up twice as loud, which really worked wonders.  It sort of reminded me slightly of Pitch Black since darkness is used as the catalyst for the “bad guy” to do his “bad work” or something like that.  

Even though the film was short (75 minutes), it felt perfect. I’m actually glad it was that short, because they really crammed this entire movie with some crazy s*!#.  As soon as I got home, I called my best friend about this film. I have a feeling that once word spreads, this film is going to be HUGE! Until next time, I’m out.  

Superdavit

Now here's one by a fella that saw the film, then worked himself up into a fear tizzy. Hopefully he found his Glow Worm to cuddle with that night. Sheesh, how scary can the Tooth Fairy really be...

Harry,

When I returned home from a screening tonight of DARKNESS FALLS, I found myself doing something I hadn’t done to this degree since JAWS. You know how after a truly scary movie certain silly things send you into a total fear tizzy. Fear tizzy? Whatever. You know what I mean. Instead of avoiding all things containing water for years like I did post JAWS, I suddenly found myself a tad bit nervous about exiting my car in my dimly lit garage. After all, YOU MUST STAY IN THE LIGHT! If not, she’ll KILL YOU. So, like the total and utter buffoon that I am, I jump from the car and kinda jog towards my house. The whole time wanting nothing more than to make it to the relative safety of the light provided by my friendly neighborhood street light. Street lights are SERIOUSLY underrated.

Who do I fear so much? The Tooth Fairy, that’s who. Let me tell ya’, this is truly one scary bitch. Holy shit, legitimate scares throughout this entire film! The kind where you spill soda and popcorn all over yourself and the easily irritated smelly stranger sitting next to you.

I was lucky enough to be included in what we were told was the first audience to see this film. I hadn’t even seen the trailer so I was excited to enjoy a film I knew NOTHING about. This is something that happens to me far to rarely these days. The crowd seemed excited too.

So, they start the flick and immediately it’s super creepy. The legend of “The Tooth Fairy” is explained and the voice-over and the visuals had me instantly spooked. Then it cut to a kid standing at a bathroom sink with his back to the camera. Suddenly, some dufus in the audience yells, “He’s jerking off!” (Which he wasn’t mind you) And, guess what! About twenty or so other dufus’ found this hysterical and started laughing. Of course, a pack of these idiots continued with their obnoxious behavior. I thought about leaving because I go crazy if someone talks during a movie, let alone does an entire comedy routine. Then the screen went black and the lights came back on. I figured they were gonna toss the assholes, but instead they explained there was a problem with the projector and there would be a 2 minute delay.

I figured the movie was doomed after the scattered immature laughter and the projector breakdown. I’ve seen it happen before at these type of screenings. The crowd can turn on a film. But, just as soon as the audience caught their first glimpse of the monster, the only thing they turned was white.

Seriously, Harry. This is some scary shit. I don’t want to get all into explaining the plot and such for numerous reasons. I’m too tired, lazy, hungry, etc. Besides, I’m sure others will provide that info. I just want to tell ya’ how much fun I had. Beginning to end, I found myself bracing for the next scare. The crowd applauded, hooted and hollered, screamed, too many times to count. FOR REAL!!! They ate it up. You could literally see the “suits” high-fiving each other in the back of the theater with dollar signs in their eyes.

One of the things I really liked was the fact that I didn’t recognize one actor in this movie. The lead actress is on some show on the WB, but I’ve never seen her. In my minds eye she is Kaitlin. And the actors playing Kyle and Michael are Kyle and Michael. This really helped draw me in.

I never thought I’d find flashlights, bedsheets, dashboards, sensory deprevation chambers, the dark, etc., so scary.

I’m gonna go out on a limb and deem this one a horror movie classic. A franchise is born.

You can call me “MC Popcorn Eatin’ Machine”

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  • Nov. 15, 2002, 6:45 a.m. CST

    Stay in the light...

    by Silvio Dante

    or she'll kill you. Good horror concept right there. But "Tooth Fairy"?

  • Nov. 15, 2002, 8:23 a.m. CST

    Anybody else think the use of double-plants just makes a marketi

    by Smilin'Jack Ruby

    I mean, seriously. When you see this happen, my first reaction is always, "Wow, guess they're losing the battle against the one movie Dimension decided to put all it's money behind - They." Sad, sad, sad. I wonder how the movie is. I always thought it looked better than "They," but if the marketing folks don't think so and feel it necessary to polish the turd (well, all they really want is the name "Darkness Falls" out there, I suppose - seen as a plant or not), well...

  • Nov. 15, 2002, 9:17 a.m. CST

    these ain't just plants

    by sanjuro

    they're triffids

  • Nov. 15, 2002, 9:17 a.m. CST

    didn't i see this movie in 99??

    by sanjuro

    it was called Blair Witch

  • Nov. 15, 2002, 10:31 a.m. CST

    Twist my nut and call me Corky!

    by Eat_Your_Peas

    Holy crap. I feel like my spaceship crashed onto planet PLANT where I was tossed into a nasty PLANT prison, full of humanoid man-PLANTS, that cornered me in the PLANT-showers and raped me with giant PLANT-schlongs!!

  • Nov. 15, 2002, 11:13 a.m. CST

    kinda like "pitch black" meets "blair witch"?

    by Lance Rock

  • Nov. 15, 2002, 11:54 a.m. CST

    I think. . .

    by WhiskeyRiver

    . . .he meant Nubian director. It's about time my brothers broke through into the world of horror. (P.S. Kinda sorta looking forward to this. The preview looks okay, but I'm so used to being let down by horror films lately. Especially ones that feature the words "Wes Craven Presents" in the trailer.)

  • Nov. 15, 2002, 12:03 p.m. CST

    I guess I changed my mind..

    by LucasOrvis

    I always thought it was stupid when the talkbackers claimed someone was a plant. I only post maybe once a month but this deserves posting. This REEKED of plant, perhaps more than one. This story really deserves more of a looking-into, I think we're being fed something. Oh and to the gentleman who's not scared of horror films anymore, I'm the exact same. Until I saw The Ring. The Ring will scare you if you're HUMAN and don't know the spoilers. Anyone who says otherwise is lying to appear unphasable, macho, or desensitized. Lying.

  • Nov. 15, 2002, 12:10 p.m. CST

    by uberbill

    this movie looks kinda sweet http://www.apple.com/trailers/columbia/darkness_falls/large.html tooth fairy as a child murderer....im interested

  • Nov. 15, 2002, 2:44 p.m. CST

    Those plants missed the mark big time

    by GenericGeek

    They should've mentioned Emma Caulfield. Instant geek interest. I know I'm there just for her.

  • Nov. 15, 2002, 3:33 p.m. CST

    If I lived in Darkness Falls ...

    by NakedYossarian

    I'd get right the fuck out as soon as I could drive. Probably move somewhere with a nicer name, like Silent Hill or something.

  • Nov. 15, 2002, 3:35 p.m. CST

    i agree with fettastic

    by The Spork!

    Jeepers creepers was scary until they ran over that old man a million times and his wing popped up. I hope this movie isn't like that piece of crap.

  • Nov. 15, 2002, 3:41 p.m. CST

    You people are ignorant if you think these are real...

    by FlyingMonkey

    OK, first off, they dont give off any plot other than what you can find in the movie itself. Second, a live action horror movie this short almost ALWAYS SUCKS BALLS! finally, they gave off stuff you can find online really easily or just pick up out of the trailer. these are either phony or plants by the studio. i saw the trailer right after the one for they at the ring and they both mentioned Night Terrors very prominantly, so They and Darkness Falls are just trash trying to make more money than the one coming out with it.

  • Nov. 15, 2002, 4:13 p.m. CST

    The comedians in movie theatre thing is something I do have in c

    by Terry_1978

    I hate assholes that go to movies and think they can pull an MST3K and be a fucking class clown and get some respect from the rest of the theatre because somebody laughs at a stupid ass comment they made. The ONLY time talking was cool during a movie was when I went to see Jackass, because it was that type of flick. Anything else, and I just get plain pissed.

  • Nov. 15, 2002, 4:43 p.m. CST

    "Some show on the WB?"

    by jivenugget

    MC P.E.M., Herc would slap you silly if he knew you referred to "Buffy" as "some show on the WB". Ouch. Anyway, despite your outrageous ignorance of good television, your review got me excited about the movie, so...thanks.

  • Nov. 15, 2002, 5:12 p.m. CST

    It's about friggin' time someone made a good MONSTER MOVIE!!!

    by Psyclops

    We haven't had a decent 'Monster' flick for a long time. What the hell is going on with horror films nowadays? Aside from a few gems here and there (The Others, Jeepers Creepers) the genre has been pretty dull, littered with the post-Scream slasher fodder. Don't get me wrong, I love slasher movies as much as the next guy but a dude in a mask wielding a kitchen knife is only scary to a point (no pun intended). Bring on the MONSTERS!!! This movie looks like a good time, I'll be there opening day!

  • Nov. 15, 2002, 5:50 p.m. CST

    scary movies

    by argento123

    the film sounds kinda cool but as for the ring being scary, I totally disagree. The original was disturbing and freaky but the remake was badly edited and scripted. The ending was ruined by the over the top special effects, the original worked better. As for the conclusion, does anyone out there know what the hell it was supposed to mean? If I had not seen the original's ending it would have lost me completely. The remake spoils what could have been a brilliant film. Lets hope Wes Craven doesn't ruin Kairo aswell by casting various tv teenagers in the roles and turning it into another crappy scream franchise. If you want a scary movie watch the first Halloween or Session 9 which is highly under-rated but is a stunning and disturbing film.

  • Nov. 15, 2002, 6:43 p.m. CST

    all that tooth fairy stuff

    by Lord Shatner

    Sound like they're remaking Manhunter again. So now instead of debating Brian Cox vs. Anthony Hopkins, we can debate Brian Cox vs. Anthony Hopkins vs. whoever. I think Clive Owen has to be the next Lecter. No wait, he's the next Bond

  • Nov. 16, 2002, 10:58 p.m. CST

    Pitch Black + Blair Witch = the Pitch Witch? The Bitch is Back?

    by truthseekr1488

    Anyhow...it was weird watching the trailer for this flick ahead of "The Ring," which also features a lighthouse in it...I was like, man, didn't we just see that lighthouse in a trailer? I thought they were messin' with my head or something.

  • Nov. 17, 2002, 2:06 a.m. CST

    movie talkers

    by liljuniorbrown

    Last year i went to go see spider man on a week night to avoid people talking and shit like that,thirty minutes into some guy and his girlfriend started the same crap that reviewer was talking about.I broke the cardinal rule of asking him to be quiet and he of course made a smart ass remark.I punched the guy in the nose and he went down hard,my movie was ruined so i threw my drink at his girlfriend.I had to pay 75.00 in court fee's but it was damn worth it.Everybody that visits this site should do that,thats a petition i'd start.

  • Nov. 17, 2002, 3:11 a.m. CST

    ShadowInc

    by God Of Forkery

    Yes yes . . .let us hope indeed that Master Carpenter returns to form someday. Personally, I think he needs to ditch Gary B. Kibbe, and rehire the god amongst cinematographers, Dean Cundey. That'll be one step towards the good.

  • Nov. 17, 2002, 8:08 p.m. CST

    I'm kinda scared

    by MovieChick2

    I hate really scary movies. Because they make me pee.

  • Nov. 17, 2002, 9:33 p.m. CST

    hahaahaahhaa

    by imageburn13

    post-human haahaahahaaa points for harry

  • Nov. 17, 2002, 9:55 p.m. CST

    so frightening i almost peed my zombie pants

    by Bruce Paltrow

    I'd like to appear in this flick. i see it as a THEATRE OF THE ABSURD using mime to accentuate the more frightneing moments. I am interested. But my fee has greatly increased due to recent envents. But i'd like to appear as some sort of.. how would i put it? UNDEAD DENIZEN? Could I ... ahem... appear as a zombie? Please consider my request carefully. Bruce

  • Nov. 17, 2002, 10:24 p.m. CST

    75 minutes long!! Sheesh! They should have special lower ticke

    by Elgyn6655321

    And I really don`t think those reviews looked like plants.

  • Nov. 18, 2002, 12:11 a.m. CST

    I got both of the Movie Maniacs Tooth Fairy figures...

    by Uber-Jason

    And they are frickin' scary. It's funny to see a precious childhood legend be squashed. Anyway, I'm real hyped up about Darkness Falls. With Stan Wintson doing the Tooth Fairy FX, I know she's gonna be VERY realistic looking.

  • Nov. 18, 2002, 7:33 p.m. CST

    darkness falls

    by peacherla

    I can tell you that I was at the test screening the other night and this movie is so scary! It is a great ride - I didn't look at my watch once. I think that this movie will open huge!

  • Nov. 19, 2002, 2:28 a.m. CST

    Setting the record straight

    by son o'soundcheck

    OK all of you, listen up. I'm a first time poster and really enjoy reading the talkback - but this time I'm all fired up and need to vent. Let there be no question about this -- Darkness Falls is a HORRIBLE FILM. I know - I've seen it - DO NOT BELIVE THE PLANT REVIEWS. This "film" has been in major trouble ever since version 1. They have recut, reshot, re-written, fired the director, hired on a 3rd director when the 2nd one quit, etc. etc. You get the idea - and now they are trying to buy your free word of mouth advertising via planted reviews. C'MON! You guys are smarter than this. DON'T BUY THE HYPE! And save your $9.00 ticket fee. Out -