Darkness Falls is the story of Kyle. In the town of Darkness Falls there is a legend that a woman, known as the tooth fairy, was once burned all over her body and half of her face. From that day on she wore a porcelain mask. When two kids from the town went missing, she was blamed and subsequently killed. As a spirit, she roams the town killing children who have just lost their last tooth. What I find interesting about this tale is how similar it is to Mary Shaw‘s story in Dead Silence. In Dead Silence the killer was also wrongly accused by a town and killed. Both spirits, Mary Shaw and the tooth fairy, take revenge on their respective towns by murdering the townsfolk.
Similar to the spirit character Diana in Lights Out, the tooth fairy in this film can not go into the light. Young Kyle is able to avert death by keeping flashlights in hands reach at all times. Twelve years later, Kyle is summoned back to Darkness Falls when his old school crush Caitlin calls him up; her little brother is claiming to be running from the tooth fairy as well and does not sleep during the night. When the town’s power goes out, Kyle must save Caitlin and her little brother Michael before the tooth fairy swoops in with her porcelain mask and kills them all.
At it’s core, this is a story of redemption—Kyle’s redemption. Even when he goes back to the town after twelve years, everyone still thinks that he’s crazy. When the town’s power goes out and the tooth fairy finally shows her face to the townspeople, they are forced to believe Kyle. Everyone cruel to him and those that didn’t believe him, don’t make it out alive in the end. Kyle has lost his family and the last twelve years of his life to the tooth fairy. The ultimate redemption for his character comes when he is able to take out the monster that has caused his life so much grief and gets his life back. Kyle also gets the girl and therefore a family in the end. For these reasons I give Darkness Falls four out of five stars.