Chaney Kley, Emma Caulfield, Lee Cormie
I can imagine how the script for Darkness Falls was
created... one night, after watching way too many teen horror
flicks, a few writers came together and created a script that
pieced elements of each of these flicks into one rather bland
hodgepodge of a story, which they presented to Columbia the
next day. How such a weak story filled with so many plot holes
actually got the green light is beyond me.
The story's first mistake is giving away the whole life story
of the nemesis as the movie opens. Some 150 years ago, there
was an old lady by the name of Matilda Dixon, who used to
play the role of Tooth Fairy in the town of Darkness Falls.
After being horribly burned and then subsequently accused
and lynched for the disappearance of two town children, she
returned as a violent specter who visits children the night
they lose their last baby tooth. The catch is, if the child
sees her, she'll kill them in retribution.
As a child, Kyle (Kley) is nearly taken by the Tooth Fairy.
Instead, his mother is murdered and he is taken away to a
mental ward. Some years later, he comes back at the request
of Caitlin (Caulfield), his childhood sweetheart, whose brother,
Michael (Cormie), is having the same fear of the dark that
Kyle experiences. At this point, the story takes the usual
steps of unfolding towards the final confrontation and resolution
that occurs in just about every horror flick that's come before.
I don't know what's more tepid about this film - the nondescript
acting or the sadly unscary Tooth Fairy. None of the main
cast even comes close to delivering a decent or evoking performance.
Throw in a monster that looks like something out of the Frighteners,
but not nearly as menacing, and the whole experience will
bore most viewers quickly. If they had at least made the Tooth
Fairy more mysterious by not revealing her whole life story
at the onset, maybe there would have been at least a few tense
moments. Not even the gimmick of shooting certain scenes exceptionally
bright, while other excessively dark, seems to do much other
than to accent the cheap quality of the overall content.
Probably the only real interesting part of the film is trying
to figure out what elements were borrowed from what films.
Sadly, though, none of those elements even compare to the
originals. Lee Cormie's character tries to emulate Osment
from The Sixth Sense or Dorfman from The
Ring, but really ends up as a pale copy of both. Both
Kley and Caulfield are thinly developed and shallow, far outweighed
by characters in films like Friday the 13th and Nightmare
on Elm Street. Yes, I'm actually using those series as
a benchmark that this movie fails to reach.
Ultimately, the story is uninteresting and filled with a
number of lapses in reason (remind me again how a powerless
hospital can still have functioning elevators). I can think
of no good reason, outside of the fact that Darkness Falls
had enough production capital to keep it from B-Movie status,
to see this film when there are so many better films out there