A vengeful spirit in the form of the Tooth Fairy menaces the inhabitants of the town that lynched her 150 years ago.
Hung around a hackneyed ghost story plot, this has unknowns Chaney Kley and Emma Caulfield pursued by 'The Tooth Fairy' (an implausible clotheshorse on a string that, in a conceit lifted from the immeasurably superior Pitch Black, can only menace in the dark). In fact, a standout moment has a set of doctors informing a worried mother that the best way to cure her son's debilitating fear of the dark is to lock the poppet up in a sensory deprivation tank.
On all the basic tests of horror - suspense, shock and even that old standby, tsunamis of gore - Darkness Falls fails spectacularly. This is likely only to scare those with a pre-existing fear of the dark. Either that, or it will make them see how senseless their phobia is.
While it's good to see the irony-constipated attitude to horror movies finally gasping its last breaths, it's sad that what it has been replaced with, at least in the case of Darkness Falls, is the kind of movie that gets laughs entirely unintentionally.
Reviewed by Adam Smith