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Darkness Falls (2003)

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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 Nineteenth Century, in Darkness Falls, Matilda Dixon is a good woman, who exchanges with children their baby teeth per coins. One day, her face is burnt in a fire in her house, she becomes sensitive to light and uses a china mask to protect her face against light. When two children are not found in the town, Matilda is blamed by the population and burnt in a fire, as if she were a witch. She claims to be not guilty and curses the whole population of the town and their descendants, stating that when each child loses the last tooth, she would come to get it, and if the child looks at her, she would kill him or her. After her death, the two children are found, and the shamed citizens decide to bury this sad and unfair event and never mention it again. Twelve years ago, the boy Kyle accidentally saw the Tooth Fairy, and she killed his mother. All the persons in Darkness Falls but his girlfriend Caitlin accused the boy of murdering his mother and sent him to an institution, ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Tooth fairy is scream. See more »

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)


$32,131,483 (USA) (21 March 2003)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Film debut of Lee Cormie. See more »


At the beginning of the film, young Kyle has two small (unexplained) scratches on the upper part of his left cheek which appear to be about an inch and a half at most. The next morning, a close-up of Kyle shows two very large (approx. 4"-5") slashes on the upper and lower portion of his cheek, as well as what may be a third across his left collar bone. In the preceding and subsequent shots, Kyle is seen with the original small scratches. 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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Crazy Credits

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Written by Brian Howes
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User Reviews

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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