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A vengeful spirit has taken the form of the Tooth Fairy to exact vengeance on the town that lynched her 150 years earlier. Her only opposition is the only child, now grown up, who has survived her before.

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Officer Matt Henry
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Dr. Peter Murphy
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Nurse Alexandra
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Captain Thomas Henry
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Raymond 'Ray' Winchester (as Angus Murray Lincoln Sampson)
Charlotte Rose ...
Marie Winchester (as Charlotte Rees)
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Rebecca McCauley ...
Margaret Walsh (Kyle's Mom)
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Storyline

In the 1800's there was a woman that little children would take their old teeth (ones they had recently lost) to in exchange for a gold coin. A few years later, tragedy struck her, first a fire in her house which caused her to not be able to go into any type of light, and then she was hanged. There's a story that goes around the town of Darkness Falls about her, and she's called the Tooth Fairy. The story goes that she can't go in the light, and if you wake up and see her, she'll kill you. The usual saying is "Don't Peek." Well, there is a boy named Kyle who gets a warning from his friend Caitlin to not peek. Well, he wakes up on the night when the Tooth Fairy is supposed to come and get his last tooth and sees her. It all leads to more tragedy and the movie jumps to 12 years later. Now grown up, Caitlin calls Kyle because her little brother Michael is going through the same things he did as a boy, and wants his help. Kyle goes back to Darkness Falls to face his past, and the woman in... Written by crazie_8zangel@hotmail.com

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Rated PG-13 for terror and horror images, and brief language | See all certifications »

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24 January 2003 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$163,375 (Australia) (5 September 2003)

Gross:

$519,725 (Australia) (5 September 2003)
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According to FX creator Steve Wang, the original version of 'Tooth Fairy' was an Angel of Death, but when script changes came in, his winged and toothy creation was jettisoned. Actor Doug Jones originally played the Tooth Fairy in Wang's incredible makeup. See more »

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Caitlins mouth is not moving when she says, "Let's stay under the bed." See more »

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Narrator: It is said that over 150 years ago, in the town of Darkness Falls, Matilda Dixon was adored by all the children. Whenever they would lose a tooth they would bring it to her in exchange for a gold coin, earning her the name, the Toothfairy. But fate was not kind to Matilda. One night fire tore through her home leaving her face horribly scarred. Matilda's burned flesh was so sensitive to light she could only go out at night, always wearing a porcelain mask so no one could ever look ...
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Just more proof that studio executives are clueless when it comes to making a successful Horror movie
20 November 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Things sure have changed a lot in the world of movie making over the last couple decades. During the 1990s Horror movies weren't the big event they had been in the 80s, a time when filmmakers were given a lot of freedom to realize their visions. But because of the overabundance of genre films it became so worn out only to make a major comeback after the success of 1996's 'Scream.' Not that interference from the studio was brand new, but it seems to be happening much more and a lot of films suffer for it. There are a lot of them that could have been something great had the studios backed off and had faith in those they hired. But money talks in this world and so often art is sacrificed for the almighty dollar, something very evident after watching this movie. The makers of 'Darkness Falls,' which was one of many considered titles, had intended to make a really scary and classy Horror film, but the studio wanted butts in the seats and in the end they won out. As for the final product, read on to find out.

Pros: Good work done by the cast. A cool and effective opening narration. Chilling score. Concept with some potential. Tight pacing. A few memorable tension-filled sequences. Director Jonathan Liebsman made his feature debut with this project and does so brilliantly, infusing it with style and mood. Gorgeous cinematography. A frightening villain.

Cons: Very routine. Clichés a plenty in this movie, including the old favorite "cat jumping from out of nowhere." At 75 minutes there just isn't enough time to develop the characters, their relationships, or the story. Speaking of story, there isn't much of one to hold this together. Mostly forgettable. Apart from the villain herself, you won't find anything here you haven't seen before a hundred times. Shows signs of tinkering, mainly in the editing.

Final thoughts: The thing that hurts the most is that this film featured a female Horror villain, something not seen much. This could have been a new franchise, but with such a disappointing start it's no surprise that never happened. There are a lot of goodies here and you call tell the people who made the film had good intentions, but too many cooks spoiled the stew. So much wasted potential that it's sickening and to this day studio executives still put their noses in.

My rating: 2.5/5


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