April 25, 2003 at 04:00 AM EDT

Darkness Falls

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
85 minutes
Wide Release Date
01/24/03
performer
Emma Caulfield, Chaney Kley
director
Jonathan Liebesman
distributor
Columbia Pictures
author
John Fasano
genre
Horror
We gave it a D+

An evil tooth fairy who kills if you glimpse her face should have been good for some cheap thrills, yet this lurchingly plotted movie is so atmospherically underlit it leaves you literally in the dark, squinting to see characters so thinly drawn they’d be hard to spot under klieg lights. The only flicker comes from Caulfield. Brilliant on TV as Buffy’s ditsy ex-demon Anya, here she must make do with a few wanly ironic quips. Where’s the Scooby gang when we really need them?

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