Take one young, unhappy girl who is sent to live with her busy, preoccupied father and his overly sweetgirlfriend, throw in a super big scary gothic mansion with a basement, that has a sealed off fireplace (are there any other kind) and a hundred (give or take) ancient, super ugly, tiny demon like creatures, badly in need of dental work, and you have the film 'Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark'.
This film is written by one of my favorite horror guys, Guillermo del Toro. He wrote the script along with Matthew Robbins and it's directed by newcomer, Troy Nixey.
'Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark' is a remake of a television movie that was done in the 1970's. It starred Kim Darby. Don't know if any of you remember her.
In any case, the main reason to see this film, is for the actress, Bailee Madison. Bailee plays the young girl, Sally Hurst and she is wonderful. Guy Pearce is Alex, her self involved dad, and Katie Holms plays Kim, daddy's girlfriend.
Alex is an archectect who's in the process of restoring this very old and very creepy house. All of his money is tied up in this renovation, so of course Alex can't just up and move out...doesn't matter that his daughter Sally, is drawing pictures of demons with razor sharp teeth and she's scared out of her mind.
There's always a reason why residents of demon-occupied homes never leave...some reasons are better than others. Anyway, at first no one believes the poor child when she says: There's little creatures in my bedroom that come out when it's dark and they want to do serious harm to me. Do parents ever believe their children in this situation?
Finally, Kim who really really wants Sally to like her, starts to see the light. Sally might actually be telling the truth.
'Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark has a couple of scenes that are completely illogical. That's something that really bothered me but aside from that, the film does have some really scary elements, that will have you jumping out of your seat, more than once.
Check out our video to see what John, the other half of 'Two Jews On Film' thought of it. 'Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark' opens in theaters Friday, August 26, 2011.
I first watched the original TV movie “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark” when I was a mere child, I have to admit, I’ve had some nightmares during that time because of that film. Then again, I was a small child then, and it may have made me much more….shall we say resilient to horror movies since the horror genre is my mother’s most loved genre. The original was very simple; yet so creepy, and with those three ghoulish tiny beings whispering “….spirits … more
*** out of **** What's one to expect from a haunted house horror movie produced by legendary Spanish native Guillermo Del Toro? If one has seen the great visual poet's directorial works, one might expect elements such as storytelling told through the eyes of a child, old-fashioned scare tactics, and talk of ghosts, ghouls, goblins, and monstrosities that live under the floorboards. If it is any of those things that you desire or anticipate; then by the time "Don't Be Afraid … more
This remake of a made for tv movie was pretty interesting and in some scenes, scary. The plot was decent enough and some scenes definitely could make you jump in your seat. This movie is a nice change of pace from all the Paranormal Activity or Insidious movies and their not-so-scary knockoffs.(which btw I did not think were scary movies.) It's a good thing that this movie did not take the direction that most horror movies have done lately, as in trying to copy the success of Paranormal Activity … more
DON’T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK This film is a remake of a made for TV film from back in the day so naturally the comparisons are going to be made. I am not here for that especially since I have not seen the original in years. I do remember it of course but it would be unfair to compare since I could be forgetting things. So as for this one I will review it kinda like it is a stand alone, although we all know better. … more
“Conventional” called “Boring” and they both emailed the non-mathematical version of “Derivative” and they all decided to see Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark. Conventional said “Guillermo del Toro’s name is on it and I was totally undone by The Orphanage and Pan's Labyrinth” and Boring said “Bailee Madison’s in this and she was good in Bridge to Terabithia and stole the show in Brothers.” The literary … more
Star Rating: Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark is an exercise in atmosphere and sheer creepiness. The plot is essentially a compendium of haunted house clichés, but I find that I don’t much care – not when the visuals and the mood are dictated by co-writer/co-producer Guillermo del Toro, whose fascination with insects, monsters, and dark places could not have been more appropriate for this story. Even in its routine state, the film is still … more
Guillermo Del Toro has given us a minor miracle; a remake of a horror movie that not only NEEDED to be remade (since not many people are familiar with it), but also one which succeeds in being a genuinely frightening film about a little girl, a big, scary house with an ominous basement, and swarms of ugly little demonic monsters--what more could you ask for? This film is already on my Best of The Decade List.
My husband (creator of the cult classic films FACES OF DEATH) andmyself (actress/screenwriter) are ex New Yorkers, see alot of films and usually disagree. So our friends decided that we need a review … more
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