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Darkness Falls

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

So bad it's almost painful. Skip it.

Movie PG-13 2003 86 minutes
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age 11+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 9+


I had so much fun watching this movie with my 10 year old daughter and her friend. It reminds me of a roller coaster ride or one of those haunted house during Halloween. I reamber as child running pass a dark room and the thrill of going out pass dark with a flashlight laughing and racing to any sorce of light, while our imagination ran wild. Like I said, the kids and I screamed and laughed during this movie, we had a lot of fun!
age 12+

Darkness Falls.

Great movie. Not as scary as most people I know have implied, but a good halloween movie for the mature family members 12+. I have to disagree with commonsense's statements, but agree with their star ratings. Just proves how dyslectic commonsense really is...

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Kids say (6 ):

There is almost nothing positive to say about DARKNESS FALLS. It's filmed so poorly that it is almost impossible to see. The editing is so bad that what you can see comes at you too fast to follow. The acting is laughably amateurish. And the story is so idiotic that it makes the cheesiest of basic cable look intelligent. It is a terrible combination of The Blair Witch Project, The Ring, and every bad horror cliché in the book.

Darkness Falls is one of the new breed of horror movies, ones that are not very gory so they can secure a PG-13 rating. To qualify for a PG-13, they emphasize suspense rather than gore. This makes sense for talented filmmakers, but the makers of Darkness Falls fail so miserably that their attempts are both boring and painful. The terrible acting, the awful pacing, and laughable special effects make the horror of watching this movie all too unintentional.

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