Horror movies are by far my favorite, so I've decided to make a list with all of them I remember…
Don't Be Afraid of the Dark
Fear is never just make believe
A young girl sent to live with her father and his new girlfriend discovers creatures in her new home who want to claim her as one of their own.
Here is the plot of every single bad horror movie ever made:
People go to a different house/apartment/country/duplex/trailer home/dildo factory/plane of existence/mansion. One of the characters starts seeing some weird shit. No one believes said character. And then they do.
When you combine the name Guillermo del Toro with horror you get pretty high expectations, at least I do. To be fair though del Toro did not direct this film that ends up being mediocre at best.
I will say that Bailee Madison was great though. She's the perfect child actor for a good horror movie. I hope she's cast in one soon.
Film #10 in Driver’s Horroctober
"Don't forget to brush your teeth." - Alex (wow, what a subtle line of dialogue that expresses foreboding! *rolls eyes*)
Let us assess the central factors of this movie:
A father who loves his daughter, but is too blindly motivated by his career to pay attention to her hysteria. *rolls eyes*
A petulant little child who is not only irredeemably miserable, but is also highly precocious through her drawing. *rolls eyes*
Scary and sinister voices that the child is enticed by, even when in real life, anybody would be scared witless. *rolls eyes*
An opening scene that is enjoyably nasty and creepy, yet fails to deliver in any way the quality that this did later…
I was always taught to do as I'm told, so ok, I won't be afraid of the dark. Not that being afraid is even remotely possible with this dull, predictable and silly film. This film somehow reminded me if the teletubbies. While the teletubbies are infinitely scarier, they do seem to be on the same intellectual level as this film.
Time to very painfully review a film that I had high hopes for. Let's start by reminding everyone that this is a remake of a 1970's made for TV movie. One problem that I've had with the movie industry for a while, attaching a name, such as Guillermo del Toro's, to a movie title to draw people in. Let's be clear Del Toro wrote and produced this film, It's not truly a Guillermo del Toro film and his name is only there to draw high hopes from people, like me, who enjoy del Toro's work.
Walking into the theatre I was expecting something akin to Del Toro's Devil's Backbone (2001) or even a mixture of dark images and fantasy like…
I never expect much from a horror film, but when the brilliant Guillermo del Toro is invovled you can't help but be a little enticed.
The story, co-written by del Toro, is quite well developed and has some strong background footings, but without del Toro behind the camera it all comes off as fairly mediocre; the most disappointing thing being the creatures themselves, which is usually a strong factor of his films. If there were less of them and they were bigger in size then I think this would have terrified me, but alas, their rat-like features ruined it for me almost completely.
What did impress me, however, was Bailee Madison, who is superb. Child actors are rarely any good…
I, like a lot of other people apparently, was duped by seeing Del Toro's name attached to this. I forgot that he's much more hit and miss most people seem willing to admit. He's 5-3 as a director (those three, if you're wondering, are Mimic, Blade 2, and Pan's Labyrinth). And for the best thing he's been involved with (The Orphanage), he was only the executive producer. But nevertheless, I saw this opening night. And it sucked. Badly. I know he didn't direct it, but since he co-wrote it, a lot of the problems are his fault. The plot is dumb. Standard "people do things other people told them not to do, people die, kid knows what's happening, no one…
Read my NPR review.
Una película "encantadora" y con personajes "fantásticos" (hadas de los dientes), aunque con el giro de que el encanto de las dichosas hadas es que son creaturas asesinas. Tiene un par de momentos de susto, pero la verdad es una más del montón de películas de horror con una historia irreal que se tiene que ir desmarañando hasta el "espantoso" final. Vale la pena para quitarse el estrés pero no más.
Don't Be Afraid of the Dark - directed by Troy Nixey (comic-book artist) written by Guilermo del Toro and Matthew Robbins. Starring Guy Pearce, Katie Holmes, and Bailee Madison. Film was filmed in Melbourne (Australia) - it is remake of the same television-film from 1973 starring Kim Darby. Guilermo has mentioned the inspiration (again - Pan's Labyrinth) from Welsh author Arthur Machen folklores, by creating scarier demonic creatures of the film, resembling mole-rats.
Guy and Katie are joined by Katie's would-be stepdaughter Madison at 19th-century Rhode Island mansion - Madison comes to hear whispers and see rat-size creatures from basement ash-pit, hidden from the new tenants, who want to sacrifice little child.
Don't Be Afraid of the Dark is average horror film. It may not come in parity with those that usually scare you to chills; nevertheless there is enough of thrill, and scare to make the movie worth to be called horror-film.
Like wading through molasses. Predictable. Atrocious. Invest your time elsewhere.
Guillermo del Toro's childhood obsession was the 1973 TV Movie 'Don't be afraid of the dark' where a family release goblin creatures from a sealed fireplace in an old mansion.... the TV movie became something of a cult classic, something I had never heard of.... but upon seeing this 'remake' it makes me wish I'd seen the original...
...Troy Nixey, a comic-book artist has directed this film, yet it seems like a half-baked del Toro homage, like Pan's Labyrinth without the amazing fantasy imagery...
The idea behind the film is cool - these goblin creatures are old-timey tooth fairies that like to eat children's bones, yet beyond that, the film feels like the usual U.S watered-down remake of an asian-horror,…
This is a magical movie. The photography, the filters, the scenery... I love it all. It's so beautiful. And there's actually some horrible atmosphere creeping under my skin every now and then. The only problem is that you get to see too much of the creatures. The movie would've been better if you just had short glimpses of them. But all in all a great movie and I must say that the child actress is unusually good!
An enjoyable modern fairy tale that is surprisingly nasty in parts. It suffers from a lack of tension for most of the running time but ends on a high note with a great ending.
Even though he only produced it, you can definitely feel Guillermo Del Toro's touch in this
- Night of the Living Dead
- Night of the Living Dead
- Dawn of the Dead
- Dawn of the Dead
- Day of the Dead
- Ed Gein
- Freeway II: Confessions of a Trickbaby
- Dario Argento's Phantom of the Opera
- Christina's House
With the announcement of the line-up for the 2013 FrightFest Halloween All-nighter, I thought it was about time there was…
- Salem's Lot
- 100 Feet
Horror movies I've seen. List copied from my IMDB account. It will keep expanding.
In no particular order.