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Darkness Falls
(2003)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, Conducted, and Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated by:
Robert Elhai
Dana Niu
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Varèse Sarabande
(March 4th, 2003)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you have always been impressed with Brian Tyler's ability to overachieve with immense ruckus in the horror genre, in which case Darkness Falls is a well respected and dynamic launching point.

Avoid it... if you quickly lose interest in Tyler's dramatic, lyrical themes of a brooding variety when they are surrounded by orchestral brutality of the most immense order.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,827
WRITTEN 12/30/11
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Darkness Falls: (Brian Tyler) Not even the Tooth Fairy is immune to the whims of Hollywood's B-rate horror industry, as evidenced by the wretched 2003 film Darkness Falls. In its nonsensical plot, the movie postulates that a legend exists in a small New England town, one that is terrorized by a seemingly supernatural Tooth Fairy that, instead of giving gifts for kids' baby teeth, kills anyone who witnesses her doing her task. The demon was once an admired widow in town who was left disfigured in a fire and was lynched mistakenly after the temporary disappearance of a couple of local children. Generations later, she returns to kill innocent civilians at a rate appropriate for any movie that requires cheap slasher thrills to maintain audience interest. Fortunately, there's a lighthouse and a few intrepid survivors of the Tooth Fairy to incinerate the nasty bitch for good. Even if that plot wasn't ludicrous enough in its basic premise, its execution by novice director Jonathan Liebesman was completely senseless, generating one of the worst critical responses for any movie of that year. Although Darkness Falls managed to recoup its budget and launch Liebesman on to a marginal career, there is no question that the movie is plain awful. For a young composer trying to earn his way in Hollywood, however, the quality of the films were not a luxury to be chosen, and Brian Tyler essentially introduced himself to the industry through these avenues. He had already been writing overachieving music for low budget and subpar productions for a few years when the trio of Darkness Falls, The Hunted, and Children of Dune earned him the lasting recognition to sustain a career. Among his plethora of early horror genre works, Darkness Falls is often cited as a highlight for Tyler, despite being largely characteristic of his other projects from the early 2000's. In general, Tyler didn't stray far from his formula in these scores, and collectors of the composer's works will hear portions of The Hunted and Frailty in Darkness Falls. The benefit of Darkness Falls, however, is that Tyler packaged his horror ideas in perhaps his most immense form yet, foreshadowing the overblown explosiveness of Aliens vs. Predator - Requiem. At a time when horror genre music was often leagues behind Christopher Young's work, content to serve endless doses of cheap, ambient muck to basically imitate sound design, Tyler brought with him a touch of Jerry Goldsmith's style in the genre, highlighted by melodic complexity and crystal clear orchestrations.



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Average: 2.83 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 48:21
• 1. Evil Rises (2:26)
• 2. Darkness Falls (2:33)
• 3. Eye Contact (1:50)
• 4. Interrogatorio (2:13)
• 5. A Bit Crispy (1:22)
• 6. 25 Words or Less (1:41)
• 7. Stay in the Light (1:22)
• 8. Lose a Tooth (1:31)
• 9. Der Zylinder (2:58)
• 10. One Kiss (1:57)
• 11. Let There Be Light Sort Of (1:08)
• 12. We Are Safe In Here (0:37)
• 13. We Are Not Safe In Here (0:43)
• 14. Aftermath (1:29)
• 15. Overhead (0:57)
• 16. Consultation (2:12)
• 17. Utter Darkness (1:28)
• 18. That Has Got to Hurt (1:25)
• 19. Kyle and Michael (2:30)
• 20. Perception Tank (1:39)
• 21. Blood Red Herring (0:44)
• 22. Meet the Tooth Fairy (2:49)
• 23. Reading the Legend (0:44)
• 24. Is This Kyle Walsh? (1:53)
• 25. The Mask (1:03)
• 26. End Titles (7:07)

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The insert includes a short note from the director about the score.
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