Directed by Jonathan Liebesman starring Chaney KIey, Emma Caulfield and Lee Cormie.

Kyle (Kley) loses his last baby tooth. His mother sticks it under the bed for the Tooth Fairy and warns him not to open his eyes. He plays along but breaks the golden rule and finds his room visited by a demon that the townsfolk of Darkness Falls had put to death in the 19th Century. Not content with either Kyle or his tooth, the demon kills his mother, leaving Kyle to spend the next decade in a psychiatric institution with a fear of the dark and passion for flashlights.

Cut to adulthood and Kyle gets a call from his school sweetheart Caitlin (Caulfield) who wants him to come back to Darkness Falls. But it's not an invite, more of a plea because her younger brother is seeing the same demon that sent Kyle fleeing the town all those years ago.

Mixing up elements of 'The Fog' and 'The Sixth Sense', 'Darkness Falls' has cardboard performances, a showdown that you just know will involve the lighthouse you see at the start and a baddie with one of those burnt faces, which were all the rage in straight-to-video shockers in the mid 80s.

How anyone reaches adulthood in Darkness Falls is almost as big a mystery as this movie taking $32m in the US. And, while you have to give some credit for a couple of well shot scenes, the fact that they're in a movie that is funnier than some comedies lessens their impact. Hoping for a good scare while watching this mess really is like pulling teeth.

Harry Guerin