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Tooth Fairy, The 
Written by: on August 1st, 2006

Theatrical Release Dates: USA, 2006
Director: Chuck Bowman
Writers: Stephen J. Cannell, Corey Strode, Cookie Rae Brown    
Cast: Lochlyn Munro, Carrie Fleming, Nicole Muñoz, Jianna Ballard, Jesse Hutch, P.J. Soles

DVD released: August 8th, 2006
Approximate running time: 89 mins
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Rating: NR
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 & Stereo
DVD Release: Anchor Bay
Region Coding: Region 1 NTSC
Retail Price: $19.98

Peter Campbell buys a run down inn in the middle of nowhere. He decides to renovate the place and reopen it to the public. According to local legends a witch who used to live in this house was known to steal the local children’s last baby tooth and then murder them. Peter’s girlfriend Darcy and her daughter Pamela visit the inn for the weekend. The witch is awoken after years of inactivity when Pamela loses her last baby tooth. This time around the witch is not just content with talking teeth and when Pamela refuses to give her last baby tooth up the witch then takes out her anger on the rest of the occupants in the inn.

There are many things that once frightened use as a child that now as an adult have the exact opposite effect. Veteran producer/writer Steven J. Cannell takes something we all can identify with form our childhood the Tooth Fairy and then he transform this iconic figure into something more sinister. Apparently the Tooth Fairy obtains souls when it obtains a child’s last baby tooth. Why the Tooth Fairy collects these things (teeth and souls) is never fully explained. Despite this minor overall the overall plot is well written and all the main characters are thoroughly fleshed out.

Acting wise everyone is pretty good with Nicole Muñoz who plays Pamela Wagner giving an amazing performance that exceeds her age. Also let’s not forget the two actors who played the two hillbilly brothers. They were dead on in their portrayals. There are red herrings in the films like a neighbor woman who dresses like the witch known as the Tooth Fairy and what good horror film doesn’t have your stereotypical hillbillies and their superstitions.

The film lacks any real frights as and it only saving grace is its gore content which is has a lot of. There are two scenes that stand out like when bobby has his body feed through a wood chipper. The most shocking scene though would have to be when a woman is nailed to the wall and then the witch takes an axe and chops off each of her limbs one by one. This film doesn’t really break any new ground in the horror film genre and at times it looks like an episode of the X-Files or Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

The DVD:

Anchor Bay presents The Tooth Fairy is an anamorphic widescreen that preserves the films original aspect ratio. The image is in excellent shape and colors reproduction is solid and details look razor sharp through out. There are no problems with compression or artifacts and edge enhancement is mild.

This release comes with two audio options a Dolby Digital 5.1 and a Dolby Digital stereo surround mix. Both audio mixes are in English. There are no problems with distortion or any other sound defects. Dialog is crisp and the music and effects sound full and evenly balanced.

Extras for this release include trailers for Room 6, Demon Hunter, It Waits, The Garden and The Masters of Horror series. All of these titles are currently available or soon to be released by Anchor Bay on DVD. Other extras include ”Tales of the Tooth Fairy” which is nothing more then a two and ½  minute segment in which cast and crew discuss their own Tooth Fairy stores from their childhood. There is also an eleven minute featurette titled “Hatchet Job” which includes interviews with most of the cast and crew. The last and most interesting extra is an audio commentary with the films director Chuck Bowman, producer Steven J. Cannell and actor Jess Hutch. Chuck Bowman and Steven J. Cannell who have worked together on various projects over the last thirty years dominate the discussion. The talk about casting and technical aspects related to making the film.

Anchor Bay’s DVD sounds and looks good and it comes with a few insightful extras. The Tooth Fairy is a typical horror film that is highlighted by a few grizzly murder set pieces.

For more information about The Tooth Fairy visit Anchor Bay here.

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