Darkness Falls

January 24th, 2003


Darkness Falls

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A vengeful spirit has taken the form of the Tooth Fairy to exact vengeance on the town that lynched her 150 years earlier. Her only opposition is the only child, now grown up, who has survived her before.

Release Year: 2003

Rating: 4.7/10 (16,310 voted)

Critic's Score: 23/100

Director: Jonathan Liebesman

Stars: Chaney Kley, Emma Caulfield, Lee Cormie

In the 1800's there was a woman that little children would take their old teeth (ones they had recently lost) to in exchange for a gold coin. A few years later, tragedy struck her, first a fire in her house which caused her to not be able to go into any type of light, and then she was hanged. There's a story that goes around the town of Darkness Falls about her, and she's called the Tooth Fairy. The story goes that she can't go in the light, and if you wake up and see her, she'll kill you. The usual saying is "Don't Peek." Well, there is a boy named Kyle who gets a warning from his friend Caitlin to not peek. Well, he wakes up on the night when the Tooth Fairy is supposed to come and get his last tooth and sees her. It all leads to more tragedy and the movie jumps to 12 years later. Now grown up, Caitlin calls Kyle because her little brother Michael is going through the same things he did as a boy...

Writers: Joe Harris, John Fasano

Chaney Kley - Kyle Walsh
Emma Caulfield - Caitlin Greene
Lee Cormie - Michael Greene
Grant Piro - Larry Fleishman
Sullivan Stapleton - Officer Matt Henry
Steve Mouzakis - Dr. Peter Murphy
Peter Curtin - Dr. Travis
Kestie Morassi - Nurse Lauren
Jenny Lovell - Nurse Alexandra
John Stanton - Captain Thomas Henry
Angus Sampson - Raymond 'Ray' Winchester (as Angus Murray Lincoln Sampson)
Charlotte Rees - Marie Winchester
Joshua Anderson - Young Kyle Walsh
Emily Browning - Young Caitlin Greene
Rebecca McCauley - Margaret Walsh (Kyle's Mom)

Taglines: Stay In The Light!

Release Date: 24 January 2003

Filming Locations: Ballarat Street, Yarraville, Victoria, Australia

Box Office Details

Budget: $11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $12,024,917 (USA) (26 January 2003) (2837 Screens)

Gross: $47,488,536 (Worldwide)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

In a version of the film, the creature only appears in the final act. The studio was not satisfied by this, so they brought Stan Winston in to create a new Tooth Fairy that would be seen throughout the film. The original design (by Steve Wang) bears no resemblance to the new version, although it is the basis for the McFarlane Toys figure released in 2002.

Revealing mistakes: Wires clearly seen on Caitlin's back, when Michael falls in lighthouse sequence.

[first lines]
Narrator: It is said that over 150 years ago, in the town of Darkness Falls, Matilda Dixon was adored by all the children. Whenever they would lose a tooth they would bring it to her in exchange for a gold coin, earning her the name, the Toothfairy. But fate was not kind to Matilda...

User Review

Come on, it's not THAT bad!!!

Rating: 7/10

Watched this flick late one saturday night, and I wasn't expecting a lot from this one. But I have to say, as I have watched plenty of so called "horror" films or "thrillers" over the years, this one actually pleasantly surprised me. Sure, the acting was not that good, the plot was, well, rediculous, but damn, this movie was a hell of a lot better than that yawner "One Hour Photo"!! This movie actually did scare me a few times. I got more than I expected from this one, and really don't see why it is getting slammed so bad for. Damn, relax people. Sure there wasn't any nudity or any slashing or gore, but if you really have to have blood and tits to enjoy a movie, you might want to check out the "Faces of Death" series there.


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