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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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
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 »
There is a power blackout during the storm and we see all the lights go out over the town and yet, inexplicably, the elevator works in the hospital. If there was an emergency generator working in the hospital, the lights would have been on. See more »
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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The Revolution Studios logo is tinted brown to tie into the Matilda Dixon backstory opening scene. See more »
Kinda like "Pitch-Black" only completely different.
Final Score: 4.9 (out of 10)
There is not idea to creative or memorable shot to recent that director Jonathan Liebesman doesn't feel he can steal and recycle for his own schlocky B-grade horror flick. However, if you're in the right mood and it's a lazy Sunday afternoon and you like this kind of stuff - as I generally do
"Darkness Falls" is lightweight and inoffensive enough to serve as a
little diversion. And I do mean little: at a running time about 1 hour and 15 minutes it doesn't overstay it's welcome. Unless you want to stick around for the 11 minutes of credits (no joke!).
The premise works as long as you sit back for the ride and don't scrutinize it to much. It's a wicked yarn about the vengeful ghost of a sleepy New England town legend. It is an admirable attempt to spin the nice connotations of the childhood legend of the Tooth Fairy into something horrific. DF isn't quite creative enough and plays a little fast and loose with the rules it's universe sets up (we're never quite sure how "in the light" people need to be to be safe or how the ghost is actually killing people). The big plus side is the musical score - which is not particularly original, but does the job in the right places and gives us a feel we are on a thrill ride - and some of the visuals. A shot in the opening scene that pulls below a doorway is so incredible it seems out of a different movie. But these visuals are mixed with jerky action scenes of nearly indecipherable shaky camera chaos. The performances are also fairly good, it's the script that doesn't give anyone a lot to work with.
Most people view horror/monster movies on the lower end of the cinematic food chain, viewing even the best monster movies as inferior films, which is why I like to rank everything within genera. Darkness Falls is about average for a B-grade monster flick. Not really boring, but nothing memorable either.
P.S.: The single best part of "Darkness Falls" is the DVD commentary. It's worth watching the movie just to listen to Liebesman, the writers and producers yuk it up over this thing and their adventures while making it. This movie is clearly a filmmakers movie, made mostly as an excuse for them to get together, crack wise, have fun and maybe put out a product in the end that displays some of that. They're a cool group and I hope to see them make something really great in the future.
"I've got a great idea for the 3rd act of the movie: credits!"
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