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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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Jonathan Liebesman

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chaney Kley ... Kyle
Emma Caulfield Ford ... Caitlin (as Emma Caulfield)
Lee Cormie ... Michael
Grant Piro Grant Piro ... Larry
Sullivan Stapleton ... Matt
Steve Mouzakis ... Dr. Murphy
Peter Curtin Peter Curtin ... Dr. Travis
Kestie Morassi ... Nurse Lauren
Jenny Lovell ... Nurse Alex
John Stanton ... Captain Henry
Angus Sampson ... Ray (as Angus Murray Lincoln Sampson)
Charlotte Rose Charlotte Rose ... Ray's Wife (as Charlotte Rees)
Joshua Anderson Joshua Anderson ... Young Kyle
Emily Browning ... Young Caitlin
Rebecca McCauley Rebecca McCauley ... Kyle's Mom
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Storyline

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

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Country:

USA | Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 January 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Tooth Fairy: The Ghost of Matilda Dixon See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,024,917, 26 January 2003, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$32,551,396

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$47,488,536
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Film debut of Lee Cormie. 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. 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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better than the previous year's similarly themed entry (6.5/10)
29 October 2006 | by disdressed12See all my reviews

Darkness Falls follows a somewhat similar plot line as the previous year's entry in the genre,They,with a few differences.One,Darkness Falls has a fairly well fleshed out back story.Two,the acting is generally fairly good.three,the monster has a reason for being,a motivation for its actions.also,the monster has a weakness,which can be exploited.the core storyline is descent for this genre.the movie is better paced and much better edited.the monster itself is however,not so great.the look of the creature isn't the problem.the problem are its movements,which do not look authentic in some scenes.now,the characters themselves--very little in the form of character development.pretty much your stock horror characters.none too bright and reacting in ways which real people(hopefully)would not.yet,strangely likable somehow.you kind of take pity on them.suspense--there were some tense moments.there was a fair amount of action.however,at times the film became chaotic--lots of sounds and sights all at once,including the music.the purpose,to pretend to entertain the viewer,well hiding the movie's shortcomings.in essence disguising the fact that the movie isn't achieving its intended purpose.in this case,frightening the viewer or at least heightening his or her anxiety.and now the ending.it does nicely resolve things.no cheap setup for a sequel here.i think it's a better movie than They.is it a good movie?yes.it has some tense moments with a few decent action sequences and a decent,straightforward ending without the usual unexpected(but really expected))twist.for me,Darkness Falls is a 6.5/10


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