**/**** Image B- Sound A Extras B-
starring Chaney Kley, Emma Caulfield, Joshua Anderson, Andrew Bayly
screenplay by John Fasano and James Vanderbilt and Joe Harris
directed by Jonathan Liebesman
by Walter Chaw Two years removed from Victor Salva's Jeepers Creepers (and on the eve of a sequel to that film), Darkness Falls whets cult appetites by being nearly a scene-for-scene recreation of that film's inferior second half. Essentially a series of "I don't believe your story--hey, why did the lights go out?" scenarios and unearned jump scares, the picture opens with a nice fairytale prologue and a nifty "12 years ago" introduction that hints at the promise of a murderous Tooth Fairy. As soon as action jumps to the present day with a warbling youngster, her hot sister, and our troubled hero, however, any pretense of a creepy, coherent mythology flies out the window as the flick devolves into an inexorable-killer flick amped-up to "11."