Sunday, May 13, 2007

Darkness Falls

Darkness Falls (2003)

Directed by: Jonathan Liebesman
Written by: John Fasano, James Vanderbilt, Joe Harris
Chaney Kley, Emma Caulfield, Lee Cormie, Sullivan Stapleton, Grant Piro, Steve Mouzakis, Peter Curtin, Kestie Morassi, Jenny Lovell, John Stanton, Andrew Bayly, Emily Browning, Gary Hecker, Antony Burrows

This movie is about a nice old lady who collected kids teeth who was hideously burned in a fire so that her skin couldn't tolerate sunlight, and later falsely accused of murder and hung. Then she comes back as a ghost and kills the shit out of a bunch of people.

The movie reminded me a lot of that one, The Boogeyman they made a few years back - it was basically a rip off of this movie, but it was kind of better.

This one is alright for a while, but descends into total ridiculousness when the people start having to jump over huge patches of dark because if they are touching the dark for a fraction of a second they'll get killed by the Toothfairy. Right...

Yep, that was pretty dumb. And I'm sorry but I didn't find that monster very frightening. She was just kind of lame. I dunno. I thought she should have been slimier. Then she would have been too much like Samara, I guess.

It was already too much like The Ring or something. It felt like a less freaky version of one of those pseudo Japanese movies. Right down to the lighthouse and the weird-ass noises the ghost made.

The sound people really did go nuts with this one. The ghost made all sorts of weird squeaking and groaning sounds. It was kind of funny.

Anyway, I had a hard time getting over Emma Caulfield as Anya. I kept thinking, come on, she's a frigging vengeance demon, but of course she wasn't. Which was confusing.

Also, I didn't like that guy, whoever he was, very much. There must have been some other guy who they could have put in there, one of those TV people who do weirdo horror movies all the time. I can't think of any examples right now, but there are lots of them, I assure you.

Yep, this movie was pretty silly. Unintentionally, and unfortunately. Jonathan Liebesman also directed Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning, though, so there you go.


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