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.
Blackwood Manor in Rhode Island is a house that would be perfect for any family looking to settle down. The only problem is that it has a dark past that may still be lurking around. That is the thing that the Hurst family is about learn about as they are the family moving in. Father and daughter Alex & Sally are moving in along with Alex’s girlfriend Kim with the purpose of fixing it up to put on the market. So while doing so they uncover the basement and something about the fireplace is out of whack. Of course that could have just been the voices Sally is hearing that make it seem that way. These voices keep calling to her and that fire place may be where they are coming from.
I thought this was a pretty good flick from first time director Troy Nixey and writers Matthew Robbins and Guillermo Del Toro. The setting and mood of the film are perfect as not only the house but outside of it gives off that somewhat gothic feel. Atmosphere and feel are major for any flick and this one as that feeling. Of course we then have the performances from the cast that are just as good. Guy and Katie are good of course but I feel like and rightfully so that Bailee Madison is the best here. After all it is her character that the film is mainly based around.
The creatures here which are fairies are cool looking little things and I like that these types of flicks are still made. These little creature features are some of my all time favorites. This is a good film and one that I would recommend people check out. It may not be the best ever but it is still very good, the opening scene is one of my favorites and the ending is………….
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
“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
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 … 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.
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