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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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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?


The sound of Matilda Dixon's wailing throughout the film is really the sound of an elderly woman's groaning in bed. The sound was both sped up in the parts where Matilda screams, and slowed down in the places where she gurgles and breathes heavily. See more »


The tooth fairy is sensitive to light, no matter how dim, Yet she is shown flying around during the storm with no reactions to the very bright and near constant lightning. 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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Unfortunately, it lightens up far too much.
8 August 2009 | by (Edinburgh.) – See all my reviews

I used to think Darkness Falls was a terrible movie. In fact, I used to say it was THE worst mainstream horror movie I had ever seen. I have to admit now that I was probably a little bit too harsh. It is, however, a film that massively disappoints and gets worse the nearer it creeps to its risible climax.

It's all about the Tooth Fairy, a vengeful spirit of a woman who used to give children treats for their lost teeth before she was badly burned in her life and then wrongfully hung by the residents of Darkness Falls many years ago. Many years later, she still gets around albeit wearing a porcelain mask to hide her burnt features and not wishing to be seen. If anyone does see her then they have to die. This fate befalls everyone except a young lad named Kyle who grows up to be a . . . . . young man named Kyle. Kyle is on a tonne of medication and carries a bag of flashlights wherever he goes. Where he goes, for this movie, is back to Darkness Falls after a phone call from a childhood sweetheart imploring him to help her little brother, who is experiencing similar "night terrors" to those Kyle was diagnosed as having. The Tooth Fairy wants vengeance. And did I mention that she has to stay in the dark as any light damages her fragile skin/body? No? Well that is, obviously, quite important.

What's so frustrating about this film is that it has a genuinely fantastic opening 10 minutes. Watching it, and being scared in all the right ways, makes you think you're in for a real treat. That is sadly not the case and the longer the film runs the greater the disappointment becomes.

The acting is okay, the script is fine (with some decent one-liners in there) and the look of the movie is pretty slick (and I must say I really enjoyed the sound design too, some fine spooky noises are thrown in here) but the film's major failing is its inability to stay within the rules it has set for itself. The Tooth Fairy hates light, finds it damaging, and stays in the dark. She is even held at bay by a small hand-held torch. Yet, as things hot up, she is unharmed while pursuing people in the middle of a thunder and LIGHTning storm and even pops up at one point in a LIGHT house. The clues are in the words there and things just seem flat when such well-prepped limitations are then broken. Never mind the fact that whenever The Tooth Fairy has a choice of victims, including the boy who has evaded her for so many years, she manages to pick Disposable Extra Number 2 and you may well groan as I did while the bubble of hope you had for this movie first deflates and then bursts. Now I know that horror movies are often unbelievable and/or illogical (hey, I watch Troma flicks for Chrissakes) but I always believe that any film should stay within the rules of the universe it has provided us and this one simply does not do that. More's the pity.

Not the worst mainstream horror of recent years, but only worth seeing for the first half and, especially, those opening 10 minutes.

See this if you like: They, Darkness (2002), Boogeyman.

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