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Darkness Falls



So bad it's almost painful. Skip it.
  • 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.

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/Streaming 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
Parent Written byPlague December 15, 2009

Darkness Falls.

Great movie. Not as scary as most people I know have implied, but a good halloween movie for the mature family members 12+. I have to disagree with commonsense's statements, but agree with their star ratings. Just proves how dyslectic commonsense really is...
Educator and Parent Written byrikir December 21, 2015


I had so much fun watching this movie with my 10 year old daughter and her friend. It reminds me of a roller coaster ride or one of those haunted house during Halloween. I reamber as child running pass a dark room and the thrill of going out pass dark with a flashlight laughing and racing to any sorce of light, while our imagination ran wild. Like I said, the kids and I screamed and laughed during this movie, we had a lot of fun!


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