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Tooth Fairy (2019)



We all know the legend of the Tooth Fairy...but what we don't know is her dark side. As the adults of a small farm community reunite, they begin to realize the cursed Tooth Fairy is on the loose again. This time, hunting their children!





Review

Directed by Louisa Warren (Curse of the Scarecrow), Tooth Fairy begins with the occurrences of thirty years past. The Tooth Fairy is pissed. With a shocking beginning - one that sticks with you - we cut to the present.

Claire-Maria Fox (12 Deaths of Christmas) plays Carla, coming to her family home - a remote farm - with her adopted nephew. There she clashes with her mother, Jen, the excellent Claudine-Helene Aumord (Mummy Reborn) and rekindles a lost relationship with Joe, played by Manny Jai Montana (Mandy the Doll). We've said it before: Manny Jai Montana is going to be a star of British film. He kills in every role. Anyway, as the broken family try to get along, Carla repeatedly accuses Jen of alcoholism, breaking the family, and sending the children away without reason. The reason, of course, is the Tooth Fairy.

And she's back.

With a sweeping rural landscape as the backdrop, director Warren does a splendid job of portraying the remote location, while giving the farm a personality of its own, and with a careful eye giving each scare care. There are the occasional jump scares here, but that is not what the film offers. It's traditional indie film making. Great acting and a great story - you don't need CG.

That said the practical effects used in creating the Tooth Fairy are impressive. It's an imposing figure, one that commands the screen with the little camera time it gets. Less is more, right? The practical effects don't stop there, and the excellent makeup effects are astounding. The department should be congratulated.




As the film ramps up the horror, clever directorial and editorial choices add in slight elements of humor. Dutch camera angles and distinct color palettes give a nod to cheesy fantasy - and the final scenes of the film - the big climax - is something to behold. No spoilers here.

At the end of the day, Tooth Fairy plays on a knife edge, it's Michael Myers meets Feast. It rocks fun.

Kudos has to go to Mike Kelson (10x10) as Hugh. With no more than two minutes screen time, it's impressive to create a character so abhorrent it was great to see him die. And being strangled like that in the background of the shot is not just a marvelous directional choice, but it's damn funny.

If you're looking for something different - this is it.

As an aside, the Tooth Fairy's attempt at dental practice may need some work, and I personally haven't been that grossed out since Goldblum pulled teeth in The Fly. Nasty stuff.





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