Weird Review: Darkness Falls

Ever wondered what happened to those teeth that you used to place under your pillow when you were a kid? Were they really taken by the “Tooth Fairy”?

As adults we know what really happens but in the sleepy town of Darkness Falls, a tooth fairy really does exist. Young Kyle Walsh even saw her one night and that almost cost him his life. But the light saved him. His mother wasn’t so lucky.

Flash forward twelve odd years and poor Kyle (Chaney Kley of Legally Blonde) has been ridiculed and bullied all his life about his Tooth Fairy claims. He has left Darkness Falls and tried to forget his life there but constantly on alert for the fairy. It takes a call from his childhood sweetheart Caitlin Greene (Emma Caulfield of Buffy the Vampire Slayer) who asks him to come back and help her baby brother with his horrific night terrors. If Kyle is to resume his relationship with Caitlin, he has to face his greatest fear. The question is, is the fairy ready?

Darkness Falls plays a lot like a “Friday the 13th” or “Nightmare on Elm Street”. It is riddled with corny dialogue and jumpy scare scenes. The horror and fear, if there is any in this film, is in the sound and sound effects editing. If it wasn’t for that mastery this film would have been one of the corniest horror movies on record.

I was quite disappointed that even with Stan Winston’s genius the creature wasn’t at all impressive but almost as mundane as a black sheet on a wire. The final scene and the creature’s back story was all rudimentary and felt overtly contrived.

We need smarter and solider horror films are what we need. If one thing the horror series of Friday the 13th and Nightmare on Elm Street taught us was that we need horror movies but you need to challenge a smarter audience each time.

With a running time less than 90 minutes I guess the filmmakers didn’t want to stick around very long. Now I can see why.

2 out of 5

So Says the Soothsayer.

Written: January 26, 2003

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