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Darkness Falls (2003)

PG-13  |   |  Horror, Mystery, Thriller  |  24 January 2003 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Grant Piro ...
Larry Fleishman
Officer Matt Henry
Dr. Peter Murphy
Peter Curtin ...
Dr. Travis
Nurse Lauren
Nurse Alexandra
John Stanton ...
Captain Thomas Henry
Raymond 'Ray' Winchester (as Angus Murray Lincoln Sampson)
Charlotte Rose ...
Marie Winchester (as Charlotte Rees)
Rebecca McCauley ...
Margaret Walsh (Kyle's Mom)


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

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

24 January 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Don't Peek  »

Box Office


$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$12,024,917 (USA) (24 January 2003)


$519,725 (Australia) (5 September 2003)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The closing credits run for 11 minutes. This is because without the extra time, the movie would have been considered too short to release theatrically. See more »


Wires clearly seen on Caitlin's back, when Michael falls in lighthouse sequence. See more »


[first lines]
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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Come on, it's not THAT bad!!!
18 May 2003 | by (NC) – See all my reviews

Watched this flick late one saturday night, and I wasn't expecting a lot from this one. But I have to say, as I have watched plenty of so called "horror" films or "thrillers" over the years, this one actually pleasantly surprised me. Sure, the acting was not that good, the plot was, well, rediculous, but damn, this movie was a hell of a lot better than that yawner "One Hour Photo"!! This movie actually did scare me a few times. I got more than I expected from this one, and really don't see why it is getting slammed so bad for. Damn, relax people. Sure there wasn't any nudity or any slashing or gore, but if you really have to have blood and tits to enjoy a movie, you might want to check out the "Faces of Death" series there.

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