Jonathan Liebesman (Director)
Chaney Kley (Kyle Walsh)
Emma Caulfield (Caitlin Greene)
Lee Cormie (Michael
Antony Burrows (The
the official Darkness Falls website
When I first caught the trailer for "Darkness
Falls", I was more than a little disappointed. It
was sloppily thrown together and looked like another action
flick, rather than a successful horror project. As the
release date grew nigh, I began to see more trailers, and even
saw a featurette of the making of the film on F/X, of all
places. I was still not exactly enthusiastic. I
was expecting it to be more like "Wes Craven Presents
They", and less like superior horror flicks like "Jeepers
Creepers" and "The
Ring". I was pleasantly surprised.
The opening of the film gives you the background legend--in
the town of Darkness Falls, a local woman use to give small
children gold coins in exchange for their teeth, thus dubbing
her The Tooth Fairy. One night, her house caught fire
and she was hideously disfigured. The children stopped
coming. Alas, when two children went missing, the blamed
the woman, lynched her, and killed her. But, before her
death, she laid a curse on the town of Darkness Falls that has
lasted for decades. So, when a child loses a tooth--if
that child happens to see The Tooth Fairy make the money/tooth
exchange, then that child is immediately marked for death.
Anyone who sees her must die.
The girth of the film opens with a little boy losing his tooth
and placing it under his bed. He is visited by The Tooth
Fairy, accidentally sees her, and is almost killed.
Unfortunately, The Tooth Fairy takes her vengeance on the
child's mother. The young boy is blamed for his mother's
murder and is sent away to a psychiatric facility. Years
later, the young boy--now a man--is summoned back to Darkness
Falls to assist with a friend's brother who is seeing visions
and being stalked by The Tooth Fairy.
This film is largely about redemption. Kyle Walsh
(Chaney Kley) comes back to Darkness Falls to try and right
the wrongs that he suffered years earlier at the hands of The
Tooth Fairy. He is also wiser. He comes prepared,
with bag upon bag filled with flashlights. Why?
The only thing that can protect someone from The Tooth Fairy
is the light, whether it be a flashlight or a glow stick.
So, when the film ends up at an old lighthouse, we are not
completely thrown for a loop.
What made this film so enjoyable was the story. Sure,
some of the frights are manufactured heavily and pretty cheap,
but the whole story of The Tooth Fairy is moderately creepy
and interesting enough to keep you glued to the screen, even
though the film is barely 75 minutes long. I also liked
the way in which director Jonathan Liebesman filmed the scenes
with The Tooth Fairy. He kind of used the Steven
Spielberg "Jaws" technique, only giving us glimpses
of the creature--the occasional unnerving shriek aside--until
he eventually hits us with the creature in her entirety.
Creepers" was successful in showing us the
creature for a majority of the film, this film is successful
in doing the exact opposite.
The one problem I had with this film was that it sometimes
contradicted itself (it's a horror flick, so c'mon). I
was under the impression that The Tooth Fairy only killed
people who saw her. I can think of a couple of victims
who never saw her, but were killed just the same. And,
since she was able to be injured by the light and by humans,
that also poses the question as to whether or not she was a
ghost. How can you kill something that is already dead?
"Darkness Falls" managed to scare me a couple of
times, and I was impressed with the visual style used by
director Liebesman. He has a penchant, evidently, for
crafting wicked little fables gone haywire, and it kept me
interested throughout. This might have been received
better had it been released closer to Halloween, but we need
some good, quality horror films at the beginning of the year
too, to counteract useless crap like "National
Security" and "Kangaroo
Jack". You will never look at The
Tooth Fairy the same way again.
Ray ( 3 pops out of 4 pops )
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James ( 1/2 out of 4
This is terrible. I don't know how I can say that any more bluntly. Don't see this. It's predictable. It's bland. The dialogue is lame and corny, and not in the good popkorny kind of way. But most of all, I wasn't scared. Of course, it being predictable had something to do with that. The movie just didn't make sense. I mean, first it says that "Matilda" goes after kids once they loose their last tooth, but then she starts going after everybody and it becomes just another slasher movie. Please avoid this at all costs and see
"Final Destination 2", that movie at least keeps you on the edge of your seat. You don't know when the characters are going to die,
"Final Destination 2" hides the deaths much better than the first one did. In the first one, you knew when people would die, but not in the second one. Anyhoo, don't see
"Darkness Falls". Unless you missed that lobotomy appointment of yours.