Nowadays, there are two main types of horror films that have permeated the marketplace; one is the ultra-gory torture flicks that push the envelope of the "R" rating, and the other type is the watered down variety meant to attract that teen crowd and younger. "Darkness Falls" is an uninspired thriller belonging to that latter group, a hurriedly slapped together dud to make a quick buck.
Obviously the filmmakers know that it doesn't take much to scare sixteen-year old girls, and that's really the only age group who would find this lazy, unimaginative picture worth seeing. The set-up is just fine, as the legend of the Tooth Fairy is explained to the audience, but there's virtually nothing else to recommend here. Like so many other films of this type, the cast is filled with vapid pretty faces that have no experience carrying a movie. For many, this represented their big break, and afterwards, they were never heard from again.
The slim screenplay has very little weight, almost no character development and goes into "final showdown" mode (hero VS. the creature) after about forty-five minutes. Which I guess isn't bad when you consider this runs a measly seventy-five minutes minus the excruciatingly slow end credits. Talk about unnecessary padding, not to mention that precious little thought went into this.
"Darkness Falls" is as generic and forgettable as movies comes these days. It's boring, boring to look at and completely lacking in any substance whatsoever, little more than a poorly made last-minute rental pick.