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…
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.
It's what makes us special that also makes us vulnerable.
Jeremiah took me to see this at the AMC Parks Mall. He even said it would be on the extremely short list of his favorite horror films up to that point. He's come such a long way from the guy who couldn't watch Law Abiding Citizen! For my part, I found the film utterly enchanting, intense and terrifying. A lot of this is down to the setting, that incredible Art Nouveau mansion, and little Bailee Madison, one of my absolute favorite young actresses.
My original review: I loved it~ absolutely gorgeous and brimming with pure, childlike fantasy and terror. Simple but effective. I could easily see this happening to me when I was small. And I don't care what anyone says, those little things are horrifying.
You Will Be Afraid of the Dark.
Quickly gives way into CGI creature mayhem, and once it does, it feels like a deadly-straight Gremlins.
Atmospheric and creepy.
Der Film ist Durchschnittskost nach altbekanntem Strickmuster und bei Filmen mit Katie Holmes im Cast, weiß man eh wohin die Reise geht.
Ich musste mir den Streifen dennoch geben, denn schließlich spielt hier die wunderbare Bailee Madison (ich bin großer Fan seit Brothers, Betty Anne Waters und Phoebe in Wonderland) eine ihrer ersten größeren Rollen...und sie ist es allemal wert gesehen zu werden.
NL & NA
There is something inherently sinister and primal about the morality and ideas behind producer Guillermo Del Toro’s (Pan’s Labyrinth, The Devil’s Backbone) newest film Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark. The title of the film is meant to echo the sentiment of an adult putting a child to sleep with a reassuring and well-worn goodbye. As frightening as the night might be, rest assured there is nothing there.
However, in Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark there is something there and not just some”thing” but some”things.” The success of Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark lies in whether or not the film can successfully transport the audience back to their childhood; back to a time where the unsympathetic world of…
Not a bad horror film remake of one of my favorites! (own on DVD)
Contains every horror film made that is not lost and is found on the letterboxd database.
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