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Darkness Falls (2003)

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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.

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Jonathan Liebesman

Writers:

Joe Harris (story), John Fasano (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chaney Kley ... Kyle
Emma Caulfield Ford ... Caitlin (as Emma Caulfield)
Lee Cormie ... Michael
Grant Piro Grant Piro ... Larry
Sullivan Stapleton ... Matt
Steve Mouzakis ... Dr. Murphy
Peter Curtin Peter Curtin ... Dr. Travis
Kestie Morassi ... Nurse Lauren
Jenny Lovell ... Nurse Alex
John Stanton ... Captain Henry
Angus Sampson ... Ray (as Angus Murray Lincoln Sampson)
Charlotte Rose Charlotte Rose ... Ray's Wife (as Charlotte Rees)
Joshua Anderson Joshua Anderson ... Young Kyle
Emily Browning ... Young Caitlin
Rebecca McCauley Rebecca McCauley ... Kyle's Mom
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Storyline

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, ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for terror and horror images, and brief language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA | Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 January 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Tooth Fairy: The Ghost of Matilda Dixon See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,024,917, 26 January 2003

Gross USA:

$32,551,396

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$47,488,536
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Shares much of the same score as Timeline released in 2003 and also scored by Brian Tyler. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the film, young Kyle has two small (unexplained) scratches on the upper part of his left cheek which appear to be about an inch and a half at most. The next morning, a close-up of Kyle shows two very large (approx. 4"-5") slashes on the upper and lower portion of his cheek, as well as what may be a third across his left collar bone. In the preceding and subsequent shots, Kyle is seen with the original small scratches. See more »

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[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. One night fire tore through her home leaving her face horribly scarred. Matilda's burned flesh was so sensitive to light she could only go out at night, always wearing a porcelain mask so no one could ever look ...
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Crazy Credits

The Revolution Studios logo is tinted brown to tie into the Matilda Dixon backstory opening scene. See more »

Alternate Versions

A longer cut was shown on FX Network's "DVD on TV" with extra scenes not featured on the DVD's deleted scenes. See more »

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Soundtracks

Gunboat
Written by Jamie Blake and Paul Andrews
Performed by Vixtrola
Courtesy of Geffen Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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not bad at all
23 April 2003 | by nzenoSee all my reviews

Up front: I've just read other IMDb members' reviews of Darkness Falls, and if this isn't just the darndest case of "I-must-have-been-watching-a-different-movie" that I've come across! The following is clearly a VERY brief minority report.

Decent acting, good story flow, nice special effects for the budget, honest scares, fine gore-avoidance, entertaining mood-setting opening credits, and cliches up the whazoo. A solid 6 out of 10.

This, from a jaded, cynical old-timer.


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