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Darkness Falls

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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Released 2003

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Director:
Gerry Lively , Jonathan Liebesman
Released:
2003
Rating:
PG-13

Darkness Falls is a 2003 horror film about the malevolent spirit of a lynched woman from the 1800s, Matilda Dixon, seeking vengeance against inhabitants of the town Darkness Falls. Originally nicknamed the Tooth Fairy due to her friendliness towards children, she has since become a local legend. The tale goes that she can only exist in a state of pure darkness, and if you see Matilda as she comes to take your last tooth you are slated to die. As a child Kyle Walsh (Chaney Kley) ran from Darkness Falls after witnessing the Tooth Fairy at her task, resulting in a horrific tragedy. 12 years later, a frantic phone call from his childhood friend, Caitlin (Emma Caulfield), brings him rushing back to the town, as Caitlin's little brother is targeted by the Tooth Fairy. Kyle is the one person Caitlin can trust, and the only one who believes her outlandish tale. As the light dims, Kyle and Caitlin race to uncover the Tooth Fairy's secrets, forcing Kyle to confront his own personal demons and exorcise the evil spirit before it claims them all.

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  • 50

    Variety Joe Leydon

    It's an instantly disposable and shamelessly derivative piece of work -- call it petit guignol, and you won't be far off the mark -- but first-time feature helmer Jonathan Liebesma...

  • 40

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    About as scary as a ride on a minor roller coaster, it unrolls its amplified butcher-block shock effects within the first five minutes.

  • 10

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    Darkness Falls -- with a thud. But it does not go gently into the night, for director Jonathan Liebesman and his large crew cram as much style and energy as they can into a hokey a...

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    Creatures & Monsters, Supernatural, Teen Terror, Psychological, Thrillers