Over one hundred fifty years ago in the town of Darkness Falls, all the children
adored Matilda Dixon, as she would give them treats every time they lost a
tooth. She became known as the Tooth Fairy. But when two children didn't return
from her house, the villagers blamed Matilda and burnt her at the stake and
as the flames consumed her, she cursed the town and swore vengeance. Two days
after the children were found safe and sound. Now as every child in Darkness
Falls loses their last baby tooth they are visited by Matilda and only the
light and not looking at her face can save them.
Stand scares and some truly appalling dialogue make Darkness
Falls nothing more than another very average masked-killer movie.
Supernatural horror movies never really scare me. To me ghosts
returning from the grave to seek vengeance, as they always do, are not as
frightening as a real, living, breathing killer. That's why characters like
Hannibal Lector are far better at conveying the darkest depths of true evil
than any spectral being.
The protagonist of this movie could be conceived, by some, as
quite scary, appearing only in flashes to add to the simmering tension, but
to me she just looks like a floating version of the Scream killer, with a
slightly different mask. She does look quite menacing, with the filmmakers
utilising shadow and fast cuts but you know that at the end she'll just be
an ugly, burnt ghoul that has a weakness that its intended victims can exploit
for their own salvation.
The decent visuals are let down by some appalling dialogue and
the lack of any character development. How does Michael know so much about
Matilda? Why does Kyle look about fourteen when he loses his last baby tooth
but Michael only looks about eight? Why would Matilda, who loved children
in life, turn into a murderer of them in death? So many questions and not
enough answers but at the end of the day this isn't life changing cinema,
it is just a late night jumper that is just formulaic.
The cast of relative unknowns, with only Buffy the Vampire Slayers
Emma Caulfield (Anya in the series) recognisable, do their best with the lacklustre
material. You know which ones are going to die and who is going to live just
through the amount of screen time and dialogue.
With a distinct lack of gore but a good level of jumpy moments,
Darkness Falls is a forgettable piece of horror that you will forget about
as soon as it ends. Unless you are on the verge of losing a tooth that is.
Writers and Filmmakers commentaries, 7
deleted scenes, 'Making Of' featurette, 'The Legend of Matilda Dixon' featurette,
Storyboard comparisons, Theatrical trailer, Interactive menu & Scene access
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