If the writers, producers or director of "Darkness Falls" would have held themselves to a higher standard than just recycling the same cheap, soundtrack-aided horror movie jump-frights that have made the genre so tiresome, this movie might have been a real goosepimpler.

Its recasting of the Tooth Fairy as a bloodthirsty specter hunting the kids of a small town is creepy enough that the most bone-chilling line in the movie is, "Remember, when the Tooth Fairy comes, don't peek!" After that, simply the sight of a child setting a tooth on his dresser at bedtime is enough to get your anxiety flowing (not to mention your curiosity wondering what kind of twisted stage mother lets her little kid star in a horror movie).

But acting on the assumption that their target audience doesn't care about anything except a handful of popcorn-spilling jolts, neither director Jonathan Liebesman nor any of the film's three writers put much effort toward creating a good scary movie. They dropped a new supernatural, masked killer under the hood of the same old jalopy and put the pedal to the metal.

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