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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.
Absolutely wonderful. Like a Grimm fairy tale brought to life. I enjoy when a horror film feels like the target audience is children. You're not supposed to be an adult spectator. You're supposed to imagine the frustration of being a child split between parents and at the mercy of evil creatures. Nobody listens to kids. I realize it is a typical trope, but it's honest. Sally is already troubled and wears her heart on her sleeve, so it isn't surprising that she doesn't feel threatened by the unknown.
I can't say I would have been as brave as Sally, but I like to think I would be!
With a Guillermo del Toro screenplay, it seemed like this horror tale would have some possibilities in spite of a first-time director and a somewhat tired premise (young couple and child renovate old house with troubled history). Has a few genuinely frightening moments, especially toward the end, and the verminlike little creatures are kind of fun, plus little Sally (Bailee Madison) does a remarkable job, but unfortunately there just isn't enough good material here to raise it above the ordinary.
Undemanding remake of a memorable 70's TV Movie. There's some decent talent involved and the monsters are acceptable but it's not much more than an "also ran". You can say that the original seems better because it's through Nostalgia goggles but that doesn't fully explain why that one was good and 5 years from now no one will remember a thing about the remake
The least of the films I've seen bearing the branding "Guillermo del Toro presents." I'd like to physically punt a copy for that groan-worthy ending.
The odd nice del Toro flourish here and there (he produces and writes) but basically it's just evil, tooth-eating squirrels lurking in Katie Holmes' basement. Not big and not scary.
Why I watched this one? Felt like a horror movie.
What is this one about? A young girl sent to live with her father and his new girlfriend believes that she has released creatures from a sealed ash pit in the basement of her new home.
My thoughts on this one? Pretty weak horror movie. Maybe if Guy Pearce's character was not so dumb...I would have liked this one better. Katie Holmes' character is somewhat sharper than Pearce's character...but that is not saying much. The special effects are weak, the story is weak and the horror is lacking. So what is left? A pretty silly movie that should be avoided.
Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark
Geschreven door Guillermo Del Toro en dat kun je wel merken. Ik vraag me af of de film beter was geweest als hij het ook zelf had geregisseerd. Nu was het een beetje afwachten tot een niet héél interessant einde.
Un visionnement beaucoup plus agréable que la première fois en festival où le film m'a grandement déplu pour diverses raisons, autant du film lui-même que de l'ambiance de la salle.
Surprise ! Cette revisite fut vraiment appréciée où le climat envoûtant et l'ambiance générale m'a conquis dès l'ouverture macabre. La direction artistique étant hors pair, ça devient rapidement magique de se laisser emporter. Le film n'est pas parfait, mais il vaut définitivement mieux que ce dont mes souvenirs laissaient présager et cette fois, il est arrivé juste à point pour me charmer complètement.
Kinda copped out at the end.
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