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Darkness Falls -- 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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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Chaney Kley ... Kyle Walsh

Emma Caulfield ... Caitlin Greene

Lee Cormie ... Michael Greene
Grant Piro ... Larry Fleishman

Sullivan Stapleton ... Officer Matt Henry

Steve Mouzakis ... Dr. Peter Murphy
Peter Curtin ... Dr. Travis

Kestie Morassi ... Nurse Lauren

Jenny Lovell ... Nurse Alexandra
John Stanton ... Captain Thomas Henry

Angus Sampson ... Raymond 'Ray' Winchester (as Angus Murray Lincoln Sampson)
Charlotte Rose ... Marie Winchester (as Charlotte Rees)

Joshua Anderson ... Young Kyle Walsh

Emily Browning ... Young Caitlin Greene
Rebecca McCauley ... Margaret Walsh (Kyle's Mom)
Daniel Daperis ... Young Larry Fleishman
Andrew Bayly ... Officer Andy Batten
Aaron Gazzola ... Billy (Little Boy)

Cecelia Specht ... Little Boy's Mother
Matt Robertson ... Little Boy's Father
Mark Blackmore ... Bartender
Joshua Parnell ... Store Clerk

Rayne Guest ... Spilled Beer Girl
Andrew Dauchy ... Drinking Buddy (as Andrew T. Dauchy)
Bruce Hughes ... Medical Examiner
Roy Edmunds ... Police Officer
Philip Reilley ... Police Officer (as Phil Reilley)

Mark Wickham ... Police Officer
Marnie Statkus ... Police Officer
Gary A. Hecker ... Tooth Fairy Vocal Effects (voice) (as Gary Hecker)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Antony Burrows ... Matilda Dixon (uncredited)
Gerard Cogley ... Security Guard (uncredited)

Christopher T. Warren ... Onlooker (uncredited)

Directed by
Jonathan Liebesman 
Writing credits
Joe Harris (story)

John Fasano (screenplay) and
James Vanderbilt (screenplay) and
Joe Harris (screenplay)

Produced by
Lou Arkoff .... executive producer
Derek Dauchy .... executive producer
Irene Dobson .... line producer
John Fasano .... producer
John Hegeman .... producer
Lauren Kisilevsky .... associate producer
William Sherak .... producer
Jason Shuman .... producer
Original Music by
Brian Tyler 
Cinematography by
Dan Laustsen (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Timothy Alverson  (as Tim Alverson)
Steve Mirkovich 
Casting by
Maura Fay 
Lynn Ruthven  (as Lynne Ruthven)
Production Design by
George Liddle 
Art Direction by
Tom Nursey 
Set Decoration by
Rebecca Cohen 
Costume Design by
Anna Borghesi 
Judy Bunn 
Shane Phillips 
Jane Summer-Eve 
Makeup Department
Nadia Cowell .... hair stand-by
Nadia Cowell .... makeup stand-by
Vivien Mepham .... makeup designer (as Viv Mepham)
Todd Tucker .... special makeup effects artist
Erica Wells .... makeup artist
Cheryl Williams .... key hair stylist
Production Management
Laura May Alcock .... unit production manager
Jim Conrads .... post-production supervisor
Kristopher Kasper .... post-production supervisor: Imaginary Forces
Grayden Le Breton .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert Brown .... first assistant director: second unit
Greg Cobain .... second assistant director: second unit
Greg Cobain .... second second assistant director
Miranda Colman .... third assistant director
Jamie Crooks .... first assistant director
Jason Faulkner .... second assistant director
Hamish Roxburgh .... third assistant director: reshoots
Art Department
Sean Ahern .... foreman
Liala Allain .... set painter (as Laila Allain)
Lance Beriman .... carpenter
Timothy Blaikie .... set builder
Martin Bruveris .... head scenic artist
Ross Cairns .... props carpenter
Graeme Callander .... storyboard artist
Lusia Carovola .... assistant set dresser
Reece Cliff .... greensman
Monica Cogan .... set dresser
Dominic Connor .... carpenter
Richard Crowe .... standby props
Jesse D'Angelo .... storyboard artist
William Davidson .... set builder
Rohan Dawson .... set painter
Alex Devcic .... prop maker
Elliot Doig .... carpenter
Toni Forsyth .... set dresser
Diana Freeman .... art department coordinator
Timothy Gale .... welder
Dean Hagers .... set builder
Rain Hart .... illustrator
Phin Hernworth .... set builder
Jenny Hitchcock .... set designer
Brett Laker .... welder
Eugene Land .... senior set builder
Fergus Leese .... construction coordinator
Marcus Lewis .... set dresser
Matthew Love .... set builder
Peter Luscombe .... prop maker
Andrew Macintyre .... set builder
Annette Mackie .... design assist (as Annette Vandenberg)
Dale Mackie .... illustrator
Robert Molnar .... assistant set dresser
Robert Moxham .... standby props
Kate Murray .... assistant set dresser
John Noble .... welder
Mitchell O'Sullivan .... carpenter
Brian Osmond .... welder
Peter 'Babylon' Owens .... prop maker (as Peter Owens)
George Papadimas .... prop maker
Janie Parker .... assistant property master
Janie Parker .... props buyer
Matthew Parker-Charlton .... set builder
Mario Peraic .... greensman
Slavko Peraic .... set dresser
Renata Petanceski .... set painter
Rolland Pike .... property master
Patrick Plummer .... art department accountant
Ivan Poa .... carpenter
Wayne Porter .... steel foreman
Amy Robinson .... set painter
Andy Robinson .... paint foreman (as Andrew Robinson)
Cameron Ross .... set builder
Brianna Seale .... art department assistant
Chris Sidwell .... senior set builder (as Christopher Sidwell)
Jeremy Sparks .... construction manager
Craig Sutherland .... set builder
Stuart Symes .... carpenter
Daniel Talbot .... set builder
Gregg Thomas .... greensman
Brendan Tolley .... storyboard artist
Patrick Vaughn .... carpenter
Karin Wemmering .... carpenter
Matthew Weston .... foreman
Paula Whiteway .... set designer (as Wendy Paula Whiteway)
Carly Williams .... set painter
Max Williams .... welder
Tony Williams .... assistant art director
Simon Wood .... graphics
Stefan Dechant .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Sound Department
Christopher Barnett .... re-recording engineer
Chris Barron .... digital sound transferer (as Christopher Barron)
Michael J. Benavente .... supervising adr editor (as Michael Benavente)
Tim Burby .... digital sound transferer
Lisa Chino .... assistant sound editor
Sean England .... machine room operator
Frank E. Eulner .... supervising sound editor
Ben Faiman .... boom operator
Will Files .... assistant sound designer
Ken Fischer .... sound editor
Alison Fisher .... dialogue editor
Lisa K. Fowle .... sound
Jonathan Greber .... digital sound transferer
Vincent Guisetti .... foley artist
Scott Guitteau .... sound effects editor
Todd Harris .... assistant sound editor
Gary A. Hecker .... foley artist (as Gary Hecker)
David Hunter .... digital editorial services
Jason W. Jennings .... sound effects editor
Pamela Kahn .... foley artist
Noah Katz .... digital editorial services
Tricia Linklater .... first assistant sound editor
Howard London .... adr mixer
Brian Magerkurth .... machine room operator (as Brian D. Magerkurth)
Charles Maynes .... temp sound effects editor
Chris Navarro .... adr recordist
Andrew Neil .... adr mixer
Brandon Proctor .... sound mix technician
Mark Purcell .... machine room operator
Gary Rizzo .... sound re-recording mixer
Kyle Rochlin .... foley mixer
Ronald G. Roumas .... machine room operator (as Ron Roumas)
Brian Ruberg .... foley mixer
Dean Ryan .... boom operator
Jurgen Scharpf .... sound mix technician
John Schiefelbein .... production sound mixer
Randy Thom .... sound designer
Randy Thom .... sound re-recording mixer
Eric Thompson .... adr mixer
Steven Ticknor .... supervising sound editor
John Torrijos .... video services
Special Effects by
Peter Armstrong .... special effects technician
Aaron Beaucaire .... special effects coordinator
Brian Jeffrey Belcher .... special effects technician
Hayes Brien .... special effects assistant
Gillian Farrow .... special effects technician
Clint Ingram .... special effects technician
Andrew Jones .... special effects technician
Paul Katte .... special effects makeup
Lindsay MacGowan .... art department: Stan Winston Studio
Keith Marbory .... special effects supervisor
Nick Nicolaou .... special effects makeup
Ali Pearce .... special effects assistant
Brian Pearce .... special effects supervisor
Cassie Pearce .... special effects assistant
John Sanderson .... special effects technician (as Phillip John Sanderson)
Evan Schiff .... special effects: Stan Winston Studio
David Trethewey .... special effects technician
Peter Trethewey .... special effects technician
Lisa Wang .... special effects coordinator
Steve Wang .... special effects
Stan Winston .... tooth fairy designer
Visual Effects by
Victoria Alonso .... visual effects producer
Belinda Bennetts .... visual effects supervisor
Christian Boudman .... digital compositor
Christian Boudman .... lead artist
Chris Burn .... digital compositor: Animal Logic
Aimee Campbell .... roto/paint: SPI
Debbie Denise .... executive visual effects producer
Brandon England .... visual effects
Jeanmarc Furio .... digital compositor: Animal Logic
Joshua Geisler-Amhowitz .... digital matte painter
Brent Gilmartin .... visual effects artist
Damien Gray .... animator
Leah Hardstark .... visual effects research
Anthony Harris .... digital color timer
Bernadette Hayes .... animator
Christian Hejnal .... digital production manager
Richard R. Hoover .... visual effects supervisor
Kevin J. Jolly .... visual effects editor: SPI
Steven Anthony Khoury .... 3D visual effects
Steven Anthony Khoury .... lighting technical director
Richard J. Landon .... creature construction team
Jolene McCaffrey .... digital compositor: Animal Logic
Todd Mesher .... visual effects compositor
Robert Davis Oh .... film recording technician
Jeff Olm .... Inferno artist: SPI
Sunit Parekh .... technical director: Animal Logic
Murray Pope .... visual effects executive producer
Dan Schmit .... visual effects supervisor: additional effects
David Short .... lead technical director: Animal Logic
Doug Spilatro .... visual effects
Barry Weiss .... senior staff: SPI
Carsten Dietz .... Inferno artist: main titles (uncredited)
Michael Halford .... texture artist (uncredited)
Amanda Buchanan .... stunts
Tom Coltraine .... stunts
Michelle Comerford .... stunts (as Michelle Commerford)
Morgan Evans .... stunts
Ashley Fairfield .... stunt rigger
Ashley Fairfield .... stunts
Collette Hardcastle .... stunts
Selina Harmen .... stunts
Tony Lynch .... stunts (as Tonny Lynch)
Emma Moran .... stunts
Nicole Moro .... stunts
Andy Owen .... stunts
Brett Praed .... stunt double: Chaney Kley
Joe Rabl .... stunt actor
Glenn Ruehland .... stunt coordinator
Greg Stuart .... assistant stunt coordinator
Glenn Suter .... stunt rigger
David Wald .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Glenn Arrowsmith .... grip
Tov Belling .... first assistant camera
Karl Engeler .... chief lighting technician
Bradley Galgon .... electrician
Robyn Good .... rigger
Tiny Good .... rigger
Adrian Goodwin .... grip
Luke Green .... lighting stand-in: "Michael"
Chris Hansford .... grip
Rob Hansford .... key grip
Damian Heckendorf .... grip (as Damien Heckendorf)
Gillian Huxley .... rigging gaffer
Andrew Jerram .... assistant camera
James Kalisch .... video assist
Grant Kennelly .... key rigging grip
Paul Kurzke .... construction electrician
Justin M. Lubin .... still photographer: pre-production
Harry Panagiotidis .... camera operator
Harry Panagiotidis .... steadicam operator
Mark Rogers .... additional still photographer
Juan Ruiz Anchía .... cinematographer: prologue and end titles
Geoff Skilbeck .... second assistant camera
Martin Turner .... director of photography: second unit
Richard Turton .... electrician
Anthony Veith .... electrician
Stephen F. Windon .... additional photographer
Suzy Wood .... still photographer
Casting Department
Lisa Wright .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Julie Nixon .... costume buyer
Damir Peranovic .... costumer
Keryn Ribbands .... costume supervisor
Roberta Shaw .... costumer
Editorial Department
Marlen Hill .... negative cutter
Kristopher Kasper .... editor: main titles
Tim Mirkovich .... assistant editor
Chris Regan .... color timer
Donna Smith .... apprentice editor
Music Department
Paul Andrews .... composer: song "Gunboat"
Brent Brooks .... music editor: temp music
Robert Elhai .... orchestrator
Gary Krause .... music editor
Joe Lisanti .... music editor
Ernie Mannix .... music editor: special edition
Dana Niu .... orchestrator
David Polemeni .... film music producer
Brian Tyler .... conductor
Brian Tyler .... orchestrator
Jeff Vaughn .... scoring mixer
Mark Jan Wlodarkiewicz .... music editor: temp
Transportation Department
Steve Lack .... action vehicle coordinator (as Stephen Lack)
Other crew
Ahmet Ahmet .... title designer
Devin Bailey .... production assistant (as Scott Bailey)
Antony Burrows .... stand-in
Joe Cappelletti .... adr voice artist
Lachlan Collins .... double: "Michael", second unit
Kyle Cooper .... title designer
Luke Coulson .... production assistant
Nadia Cowell .... production assistant
Andrew Dauchy .... assistant: Mr. Shuman & Mr. Sherak (as Andrew T. Dauchy)
Lara Deam .... stand-in
Edwin Dunkley .... video services (as Ed Dunkley)
Libby Evans .... daily nurse
Suzanne Evans-Booth .... production coordinator: gold coast
John Fox .... armorer
Kristine Fraser .... assistant to producers and director: gold coast
Victor Fukushima .... unit assistant
Phillip Gore .... assistant accountant
Luke Green .... stand-in
Judy Hallin .... production coordinator
John P. Husky .... production assistant
Lyn Jones .... production accountant (as Carolyn Jones)
Richard J. Landon .... puppeteer
Mike Lane .... client services
Rachael Leslie .... assistant: Mr. Liebesman
Patrick Lussier .... visual consultant
Annette Mackie .... production assistant (as Annette Vandenberg)
Michael Madigan .... assistant location manager
Brian Mah .... title designer
Brianna Mann .... production secretary
Kristijana Maric .... assistant accountant
Michael Muehlhelm .... production assistant
Eva Napolean .... client services
Ira Napoliello .... assistant: Mr. Dauchy
Gordon Ng .... client services
Joe Pampanella .... safety supervisor
Shane Phillips .... production assistant
Patrick Plummer .... assistant accountant
Alistair Reilly .... location manager
Brianna Seale .... production assistant
Fiona Searson .... unit publicist
Kath Sinclair .... production assistant (as Katherine Sinclair)
Ellen Stafford .... producer: main titles
Jo Weeks .... script supervisor
Michelle Whitehurst .... assistant production coordinator
Steve Wyld .... production assistant (as Steven Wyld)
Shirley Jaffe .... in memory of

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Rated PG-13 for terror and horror images, and brief language
86 min | 96 min (Special Extended Blu-Ray Edition)
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The film went through five titles ("The Tooth Fairy", "Don't Peek", "Fear of the Dark", "The Tooth Fairy: The Ghost of Matilda Dixon" and "The Tooth Fairy: Every Legend Has Its Dark Side") before it became Darkness Falls (2003).See more »
Revealing mistakes: While Kyle is driving a car with no windshield, his hair doesn't move.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...
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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Deja Darkness, 14 February 2003
Author: GroovyDoom from Haddonfield, IL

I think perhaps some very wicked muses get their proverbial jollies by delivering the same inspiration to more than one filmmaker and then sitting back and laughing at the results. The reason I say that is, somebody somewhere made a little low-budget no-brainer movie about sleep terrors and a bunch of other people got the same exact idea. It's hard to say why or how this happened...after all, "Nightmare on Elm Street" was made all the way back in 1984, and other than that movie's own mostly-insipid sequels (and the similarly-themed "Dreamscape" that came out the same year), the sub-genre seemed to dry up right away.

Now here we are again with a mini-resurgence. The recent "They" gave us an unnamed and mostly unexplained menace that pursued some characters when they went to sleep, using total darkness as their means of transportation. "Darkness Falls" brings us more of the same, this time putting a Kruger-esque burned visage on its demon and tying it to a familiar childhood legend: The Tooth Fairy.

The Tooth Fairy is the ghostly incarnation of one Matilda Dickson, a formerly kindly old woman who lapsed into reclusive weirdness after being horribly scarred in a fire, and then was wrongly lynched for the presumed murder of two town children (personally this little back story leaves a lot to be desired, and I'd sure like to know why the townspeople hung the woman in such a hairtrigger manner). Matilda was apparently upset by this, too, since she cursed the town before she was hung, and when the kids turned up the next day unharmed, the townsfolk knew they were in big trouble. After that point, Matilda's vengeful spirit visited the children of Darkness Falls as The Tooth Fairy, wearing the porcelain mask she favored in real life, and mutilating any youngster who dared look upon her (those who played by the rules and didn't look got the usual gold coin...go figure).

Naturally this goes on for years without much notice until our main character, Kyle Walsh, is dragged into the whole mess. See, he looks at the Tooth Fairy and escapes her, but his mother gets offed, and he spends the rest of his childhood in a mental hospital. Years later, after the expected emotional trauma and obsessions with flashlights and porcelain masks, Kyle is summoned back to Darkness Falls by his childhood girlfriend, Caitlin, who finds that Kyle's nagging wraith is now bedeviling her little brother, Michael.

The demon itself is more than a little reminiscent of the boogeyman introduced in "Jeepers Creepers", and anybody who saw that film will not be surprised to find the Tooth Fairy rampaging through a small-town police station. Like I said, it's just a bit derivative.

But honestly, what hasn't been done already? It's the execution of these films that's important, and Jonathan Liebsman brings an important sense of mystery and dread to the picture, as silly as it is. The flapping specter often looks like the Grim Reaper, swooping down on her victims while emitting her trademark wheezes and whines. Liebsman's direction nearly overcomes the failings of the script, which needed some serious fine-tuning.

They could have patched over some of the glaring holes in the plot a little. For instance, what are the rules that the Tooth Fairy follows? Much dread is attempted by having the Tooth Fairy's ominous shadow slink around darkened rooms, so why isn't she bothered by the light sources causing the shadows? Why don't the characters just sleep during the day, or better yet, just leave Darkness Falls altogether? If her presence has been in the town all along, why does she choose just now to begin an all-out assault and start appearing to the commoners (who are portrayed as having never experienced this phenomena before)?

Just a bit more character development would have helped, too. Most of the characters are cyphers of the teenage TV show variety, stranded in a PG-13 horror film where they hurl themselves from one pool of light to the next. I kept looking for the FOX logo in the lower right hand corner of the screen (two cast members are "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" alums). But I imagine the filmmakers cannot be held responsible for much of this, anyway. The target audience for horror films is of the teenage variety, and if that's the type of product that sells tickets to teenagers, then naturally the studios are going to demand it.

But the kid inside of me weeps for all of these semi-inspired ideas that have been diluted and discarded in wishy-washy horror films. "Jeepers Creepers" was an almost-classic that went wrong just as it was coming into the home stretch. "They" suffered from one-note syndrome, offering too little explanation for its nocturnal menace and giving us protagonists whose attempts to convince others of their desperate dilemma were just as frustrating (and tiresome) for the audience. And yet, both "Jeepers" and "They" were not bad in their own right. At least they showed signs of creativity amid familiar plot elements.

Add "Darkness Falls" to the list of horror-movie retreads that come pretty close to delivering the goods, then lose their nerve, using the old "screeching cat jumps suddenly into frame" trick instead to get a rise out of the audience. I'm waiting for someone to get it right and do something visceral and truly shocking for a change. Until then, I will be happy that at least these kinds of films are relying a little bit more on mood, style, and atmosphere for their scares.

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