Darkness Falls

  • Review Date: May 3, 2004
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Horror
  • Release Year: 2003
  • Running Time: 86 minutes

Common Sense Media says

So bad it's almost painful. Skip it.
  • Review Date: May 3, 2004
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Horror
  • Release Year: 2003
  • Running Time: 86 minutes





What parents need to know

Positive messages



Extreme and graphic peril and violence




Very strong language

Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking


Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this film contains countless sequences of children in jeopardy, not to mention many (mostly bloodless) onscreen deaths. It also features some kissing between two rather young children, as well as the unpleasant sight of young kids ripping out their last baby teeth. There are jump-out-at-you surprises, suspenseful fake-outs, and also numerous scenes in which the Tooth Fairy appears and lets out a high-pitched scream.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

When two missing kids were thought to have died in the care of an old woman, the town hanged her, only to realize too late that they were mistaken. As she died, she cursed the town, saying she would visit children on the night they lost their last baby tooth. If they saw her, she would hunt them and their loved ones. This earned her the nickname, "The Tooth Fairy." As a young boy, Kyle Walsh saw the Tooth Fairy. She kills his mother, but the Tooth Fairy can't stand the light, so young Kyle is saved by hiding in the brightly-lit bathroom. Years later, Kyle is a flashlight-obsessed psychotic living in Las Vegas. He is drawn back to Darkness Falls, because Michael, the brother of his childhood sweetheart, has also seen the Tooth Fairy and is being stalked by her.

Is it any good?


There is almost nothing positive to say about DARKNESS FALLS. It's filmed so poorly that it is almost impossible to see. The editing is so bad that what you can see comes at you too fast to follow. The acting is laughably amateurish. And the story is so idiotic that it makes the cheesiest of basic cable look intelligent. It is a terrible combination of The Blair Witch Project, The Ring, and every bad horror cliché  in the book.

Darkness Falls is one of the new breed of horror movies, ones that are not very gory so they can secure a PG-13 rating. To qualify for a PG-13, they emphasize suspense rather than gore. This makes sense for talented filmmakers, but the makers of Darkness Falls fail so miserably that their attempts are both boring and painful. The terrible acting, the awful pacing, and laughable special effects make the horror of watching this movie all too unintentional.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why people should not jump to conclusions about others, such as the way the townspeople did about the old woman. Why is she terrorizing the children? They should also discuss why kids should not forcibly remove their teeth.

Movie details

Theatrical release date:January 24, 2003
DVD release date:April 22, 2003
Cast:Chaney Kley, Emma Caulfield, Lee Cormie
Director:Jonathan Liebesman
Studio:Columbia Tristar
Run time:86 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:terror and horror images, and brief language

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Kid, 11 years old February 29, 2012

the only horror is how bad it is..

I think this movie is really bad.......I woudn't watch it.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Kid, 11 years old August 22, 2011

great movie

This movie was kinda violent. Some language. Some drinking. I think this movie would not be apropreote for 11 and under.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 15 years old Written byraenne January 3, 2011

not for little kids, i guess.

This movie had no point whatsoever. There was no message you could grasp or anything! and y did you give it 5 stars if you hated it? such a stupid movie.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Great role models


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