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Darkness Falls (2003)

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Plot Summary:
"When he was a young boy, Kyle (Chaney Kley) claimed that while he was sleeping, he accidentally woke up and saw the Tooth Fairy, who tried to kill him. Since then, he was considered crazy by everyone in town, except for his childhood girlfriend, Caitlin (Emma Caulfield), and her younger brother. But now, Hell is coming back as that black haired, winged creature of doom that Kyle described is coming back to town. And she's not leaving without Caitlin's brother..."


Reviewer: Tariq Rafiq @horrorasylum
Location:South Bucks, UK
Review Date: 16 August 2004 My Rating: out of 5

 

A reclusive, single woman in the 19th Century is nicknamed The Toothfairy by the local kids of the small town of Darkness Falls as she gives a gold coin to the kids whenever they lose a tooth. When two kids go missing she is suspected of having something to do with it and burnt alive by the townspeople for being a witch. The lost children turn up safely a few days later so the townsfolk bury their dirty little secret.

The toothfairy vowed in her dying breath to avenge herself. 'What I took in kindness, I will now take in anger' - and this is the premise for the film. Her ghost kills the children of Darkness Falls on the day they lose their last baby tooth. She only comes out in the dark and wears a porcelain white mask to hide her burnt, deformed features and anyone who lays eyes on her must also die.

This is a standard horror film that does what it does pretty well. The image of the white mask coming out of the darkness is truly frightening, but then again I scare very easily (is that Freddie Kreuger's hand on my shoulder, oh its just the air...).

The cast of young, good-looking unknowns do a pretty decent job and there is the obligatory creepy little kid. The film has managed to instil a fear of the dark in me, but not of women who give you money for teeth. My sideline of selling second hand molars has led to some interesting dates.

OVERALL SUMMARY
This is predictable hokum, but it is good fun. I'm not much of a horror film fan, as I say I scare easily so everyday, everything I do is like a scary movie, there's just no challenge in it. Go in expecting mediocrity and you'll be pleasantly surprised. Go in expecting genre-defining genius and you'll be 'Phantom Menace' style disappointed.



Reviewer: Phil Davies Brown @horrorasylum
Location:Scotland, UK
Review Date: 04 November 2003 My Rating: out of 5

The plot concerns a young man who returns home to help his childhood sweetheart, when her little brother appears to be suffering from a similar bout of night terrors that he himself endured years previously.

This film was a big success when released earlier this year, scoring the top spot at the US box office and doing well in the UK also, despite receiving an unfair bashing by the critics.

The strong points are obviously the acting and the camerawork. First time director Johnathan Liebesman, does a great job in creating a dark world for the cast which is headed by the excellent Emma Caulfield and Chaney Kley. The supporting cast who are mainly all Australian and unheard of do well also, but Lee Cormie in particular stands out as the child in peril.

As usual, Stan Winston has created another terrifying creature in the form of the tooth fairy, but she is perhaps at her most frightening when she hides in the shadows.

At this point, I face a dilemma as this is the third film I have seen in under a year to tackle the subject of night terrors, but, I would have to say that the intriguing legend of the tooth fairy, the directors style, the score and dark atmosphere coupled with the talents of the cast make this the best of the three.

OVERALL SUMMARY
This has a hint of 'Edward Scissorhands' and 'Sleepy Hollow' to it, so if you're looking for a creepy fairytale, then this is the film for you.




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