DailyView: Day 355, Movie 507
Interestingly, this movie was released during January 2003 which said to me that even back then, studios were putting their crap out in January.
I had placed Darkness Falls on the queue after picking up Cinemax on Prime. The idea of a scary version of the tooth fairy sounded interesting, but, unfortunately, execution was anything but.
According to IMDB: “In the Nineteenth Century, in Darkness Falls, Matilda Dixon is a good woman, who exchanges with children their baby teeth per coins. One day, her face is burnt in a fire in her house, she becomes sensitive to light and uses a china mask to protect her face against light. When two children are not found in the town, Matilda is blamed by the population and burnt in a fire, as if she were a witch. She claims to be not guilty and curses the whole population of the town and their descendants, stating that when each child loses the last tooth, she would come to get it, and if the child looks at her, she would kill him or her. After her death, the two children are found, and the shamed citizens decide to bury this sad and unfair event and never mention it again. Twelve years ago, the boy Kyle accidentally saw the Tooth Fairy, and she killed his mother. All the persons in Darkness Falls but his girlfriend Caitlin accused the boy of murdering his mother and sent him to an institution, considered deranged. In the present days, Caitlin calls Kyle to help her young brother Michael, who has seen the Fairy Tooth and is afraid of the dark.“
Obviously, that synopsis is convoluted and unnecessarily confusing. The movie also breaks all of these rules throughout the movie. One wonders why there was not a whole bunch of terror going on in the town for the last 12 years since Kyle (Chaney Kley) was taken away until Caitlin’s (Emma Caulfield Ford) brother Michael (Lee Cormie) had the same troubles.
So many jump scares plastered throughout the film. Many of them are just an attempt to manipulate the viewer because the film knows that it is ridiculous and not scary at all. The design of Matilda is not special in any manner.
When I saw that the Rotten Tomatoes score of Darkness Falls was at 9%, I was hoping that it would be one of those bad movies that were fun because it was so bad. Not so. There was little to zero fun to be had in this movie.
Not good at all. I’m not going to give it a Putrescent because of Emma Caulfield, formerly Anya from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. That is the only reason.