Plot: As a child, Kyle Walsh (Chaney Kley) heard all the stories about Matilda Dixon, the woman who used to be known as The Tooth Fairy. She was kind to all the children of Darkness Falls, but when a tragic turn of events turned up some dead kids, the locals focused their suspicions on Dixon herself. After surviving a fire, Dixon was unable to tolerate bright lights, but she found her end when she was lynched the residents of Darkness Falls. She cursed the town and its children however, a curse which manifested through her vengeful spirit. When a child loses the final baby tooth, legend claims she comes and if the child looks at her, the spirit will unleash her wrath upon the youngster and anyone else standing in her path at the time. When Kyle lost his last tooth, he tried not to look, but the strange noises made him curious. He looked right into Dixon’s eyes and thus began his lifetime of fear and paranoia. He survived that night, but his mother was killed and most locals believe he was responsible for her death. Now in Las Vegas, Kyle is surrounded by light at all times, even as he sleeps. But he is called back to Darkness Falls by his old friend Caitlin (Emma Caulfield), whose baby brother is having the same problems as Kyle. He agrees to return home, but can he survive another encounter with Matilda Dixon?
Entertainment Value: A horror movie centered on an evil tooth fairy is a fun concept, but Darkness Falls is unable to muster even a basic level of chills and winds up as a tame, forgettable experience. The narrative is fine, but the movie seems to want to have this dark, eerie atmosphere, which just doesn’t happen. I think you can craft a dark, eerie horror movie even as a PG-13 release, but Darkness Falls just refuses to delve into the darkness and is too restrained. A few cheap jump scares is all the movie can muster and even those aren’t effective, so we’re left with a horror picture with minimal horror involved. As you can imagine, a little horror is nice to spice up a horror movie, so this wasn’t the best approach. Of course, if you want to introduce young viewers to the genre, a scare-less experience like Darkness Falls might be a passable option, but even then, it is likely to bore more than scare. The cast seems disinterested for the most part, but Emma Caulfield is passable at least. This one is tough to recommend, as it has no scares and no unintentional humor, its just a dull, forgettable ride.
No nakedness. This is a super tame, PG-13 movie, so it should be no surprise that there’s no sleaze involved in this one. No bloodshed, just some very mild violence and even then, it happens mostly off screen. So there’s some gun shots with no impact and some light supernatural attacks, but even by PG-13 standards, this is beyond mild and the horror vibes are tuned way down here. The violence is replaced by a lot of jump scares and loud music cues, so if you prefer those kind of gimmicks, then you’re in luck with Darkness Falls. The dialogue is bland and basic, so again, not much to discuss in this department at all. After an entire movie of simple, forgettable lines, the film does make on attempt at a one liner, but it falls flat. Not to sound like a broken record, but there’s also no real craziness to mention, as the movie takes a serious tone, but doesn’t veer into camp or unintentional humor. Just a bland, basic ride on all fronts, not the kind of movie that leaves much of an impression.
Overall Insanity: 0/10
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I remember seeing this movie in the theaters. Just another horror fodder of the early cliche 2000’s gimmicky ghastly ghost genre. Nothing to remember.
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