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Darkness Falls
Release date: 24 January 2003 
Darkness Falls Official Web Site
Columbia TriStar Films (Sony Pictures)
 
Credits

Chaney Kley ------------- Kyle WalshDarkness Falls - behind the scenes look at work on the creature - Matilda Dixon.
Emma Caulfield ---------- Caitlin 'Cat' Greene
Lee Cormie -------------- Michael Greene
Grant Piro ---------------- Larry Fleishman
Sullivan Stapleton -------- Officer Matt Henry
Steve Mouzakis ---------- Dr. Murphy
Peter Curtin -------------- Dr. Travis
Kestie Morassi ----------  Nurse Lauren
Jenny Lovell -------------- Nurse Alex
John Stanton ------------- Captain Henry
Angus Murray Lincoln Sampson ---- Raymond 'Ray' Winchester
Charlotte Rees ----------- Marie Winchester (Ray's Widow)
Joshua Anderson --------- Young Kyle Walsh
Emily Browning ---------- Young Caitlin Greene
Rebecca McCauley ------ Margaret Walsh (Kyle's Mom)
Daniel Daperis ----------- Young Lary Fleishman
Andrew Bayly ----------- Officer Andy Batten
Aaron Gazzola ----------- Little Boy
Cecelia Specht ----------- Young Boy's Mother
Matt Robertson ---------- Young Boy's Father
Mark Blackmore --------- Bartender
Joshua Parnell ------------ Store Clerk
Rayne Guest -------------- Spilled Beer Girl
Andrew T. Dauchy -------  Drinking Buddy
Bruce Hughes ------------ Medical Examiner
Roy Edmonds ------------ Police Officer
Phil Reilley --------------- Police Officer
Mark Wickham ---------- Police Officer
Marnie Statkus ----------- Police Officer

Directed by --------------- Johathan Liebesman
Produced by ------------- John Hegeman, John Fasano, William Sherak, Jason Shuman
Executive producer ------- Derek Dauchy, Lou Arkoff
Screenplay --------------- John Fasano, James Vanderbilt, Joe Harris
Story by ------------------ Joe Harris
Music -------------------- Brian Tyler
Casting ------------------- Lynne Ruthven (Maura Fay and Associates)
Costume Design ---------- Anna Borghesi
Creature design/created by - Stan Winston Studio
Editors -------------------- Steve Mirkovich, A.C.E., Tim Alverson
Production designer ------- George Liddle
Director of Photography --- Dan Laustsen
Filmed in Melbourne, Sydney and the Gold Coast of Australia.
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for terror and horror images, and brief language.
Running time: 1 hr. 25 min.
 
 

Darkness Falls by Sony
Caitlin (Emma Caulfield), Michael (Lee Cormie, center) and Kyle (Chaney Kley, right). The monstrous Matilda Dixon is ready to pounce on Michael (Lee Cormie) and Caitlin (Emma Caulfield) at a lighthouse. Director Jonathan Liebesman discusses a scene with actors Lee Cormie and Emma Caulfield.

 
Comments
"Darkness Falls", the movie is based on the original short film, The Tooth Fairy (a dark retelling of the common myth/folktale about an imaginary being who rewards children who put their baby teeth under their pillow) by screenwriter Joe Harris.

Kyle Walsh (Chaney Kley) must return home to confront his troubled past and save his childhood sweetheart Caitlin (Emma Caulfield), and her younger brother Michael from an unrelenting evil that has plagued the town of Darkness Falls for more than one hundred and fifty years. Kyle must again face the vengeful spirit of Matilda Dixon, "the Tooth Fairy," which drove him to the brink of madness 12 years previously as a child. Kyle knows it will be over if Matilda catches up with him in the dark.

You might recognize Emma Caulfield from Buffy the Vampire Slayer where she played "Anya Emerson" in the 1997 series. Chaney Kley was seen in the 2001 movie Legally Blonde where he played Brandon.

Director Jonathan Liebesman takes us through a light and sound night terror which features the Tooth Fairy.

Darkness Falls was reported in the press to have been completed for a budget of $11 million which is relatively modest by most standards. The budget was helped along with the use of a new director, a couple of new-to-the-movies leading actors, a film shoot in Australia, and a hand puppeteering creature.

imho - Emma Caulfield attempts to put some sanity in this narrow minded town. Chaney Kley is the only person grounded in reality while he tries to convince the rest of the folks that the Tooth Fairy spirit does in fact exist. The light plot and accompanying script makes for a tough sell. Then try to keep this entire production a PG-13 rating and one is forced to keep out the gory details. So director Jonathan Liebesman uses a potpourri of dark lighting tricks and sound to support the scary Tooth Fairy. The excellent original music complete with a symphonic score and horrific sound effects supports the story line as well as the appearances of the Tooth Fairy. The younger audience may want to keep their ears covered if they are sensitive to noise. You can thank multiple Academy Award® winner Stan Winston of Stan Winston Creatures for the creature. Do not look for complex subplots or in depth character building but you will have a full time effort trying to keep up with the bodies that seem to disappear at an ever increasing rate.

The two young actors Joshua Anderson and Emily Browning who played the young Kyle and Caitlin during the opening did a wonderful job. Emily is building up quite a filmography for someone so young. I would expect to see her in more future films. Kudos to the other young actor Lee Cormie who plays Michael Greene as Caitlin Greene's younger brother terrorized by the Tooth Fairy.

As for director Jonathan Liebesman, I look forward to more of his future movies.

This movie is one of expectations. Find a movie theatre with a great sound system then locate a large box of popcorn while you make yourself comfortable. Be prepared to loose track of the body count on your journey through the darkness. A good entertaining movie for those that need to fulfill their need to scream.
 
 
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"Darkness Falls: My brother can't sleep" . . .
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"Darkness Falls: How did you get over it?" . . .
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"Darkness Falls: She won't come in the light" . . .
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"Darkness Falls: What happened?" . . .
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"Darkness Falls: We have to go down there" . . .
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Related Items
 
 
"Darkness Falls Soundtrack"
Darkness Falls Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Music Composed by Brian Tyler
Varese Sarabande
Catalog #: 302 066 449 2
Release Date: 03/04/03 

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