The Earth was wiped clean once before, with a flood. Now another cleansing is at hand, and this time there will be no Ark to run to - because tonight, when the sun sets, Dark Falls. (Think 'The Exorcist' meets '28 Days Later')
Synopsis:Justin Charles, 28, is a successful curator at the largest museum in the city of Dark Falls. His specialty is antiquities, and he puts all of his time in his work. It helps him forget a haunting childhood memory of his father’s death. A death he somehow feels responsible for. Lately he’s been researching seven mysterious Sumerian tablets, written in an undecipherable language, that were first discovered in 1927 and then disappeared –until they recently turned up at the museum.
ACT 1 Justin meets with Professor Snyder, 78, an old teacher and mentor of his, at dusk in the city park. The professor knows quite a bit about the tablets. Originally called ‘The Deluge Tablets’, they are said to tell a story about a great cleansing of the world that wiped out a civilization much older than the Sumerians. There is also a legend that says the finding of the tablets will signal the beginning of a second deluge. While the professor tells his story, and as the sun slowly sets, we visit other characters in the city. Sue Williams, 18, is trying to get her 9 year old brother Devin home for dinner. Lori Matthews, 33, an over protective single mom, is trying to run her 12 year old daughter’s life. Joe Bottoms, 48, pays more attention to the television than his wife and kids. And Father Richards, 66, is perhaps giving too much attention to his 8 year old altar boy.
The sun sets and a strange wind blows through the park. And as evening turns to night small figures lurking in the shadows begin to filter into the city. We meet some new characters. Sue’s parents and two girlfriends, Justin’s friends, and a tough teen punk named Nick and his two companions. Life seems to be normal – but at midnight a gale force wind rips through the city and all the lights go out in its wake.
In the panic that follows, the small creatures make themselves known as they openly begin attacking and dragging off people. Justin and his friends escape from the city, meeting up with Sue, her friend Pam, and Nick along the way. They wind up at Father Richards church, where the areas parents have put their children for protection. But are they really safe? Father Richards, it seems, has other plans for them.
ACT 2 Thirteen survivors of the church take refuge in Sue’s parent’s house, boarding it up and splitting up in small groups to guard it. But in the dark, thoughts turn inward, and friendships strain and break. Justin returns to his father’s death and is almost consumed by it. Things go bump in the dark, and people say and do things they shouldn’t say or do. What’s happened to the world outside? It seems that children are dying, but adults are not - no matter how hurt or maimed they become. Why? Justin believes the tablets story has come true again, and when the final confrontation with evil takes place in the house a psychic ability within him briefly rekindles - one he hasn’t experienced since his father’s death.
ACT 3 Convinced that the tablets hold a key, Justin and the five others still remaining go to the museum in a desperate bid to save themselves. There they find the professor and some surprises, and ultimately confront Lucifer himself - who reveals his plans. Is the world truly damned? Is there anything Justin can do?