a list that is trying to contain every horror film made that is not lost and is found on the…
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.
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.
I'm a big fan of Guillermo del Toro, who co-wrote and produced this remake of a 1973 TV movie. Despite that, I waited a long time to watch this, because it has received very mixed reviews (although Roger Evert loved it) and I knew it contained lots of little CGI creatures, which didn't sound scary to me and could come off laughably bad unless done just right.
As it turns out, I liked this move more than I thought I would. As you would expect from GDT, it has lush and beautiful sets and cinematography, It builds tension and has a creepy atmosphere and a story based on an ancient legend. The ending was just dark enough to keep you…
Don't Be Afraid of the Dark is a 2011 remake of a 1973 made-for-TV horror film, directed by Troy Nixey and starring Guy Pearce (Memento) and Katie Holmes (wife of Tom Cruise). The movie is actually a Guillermo Del Toro vehicle, as he produces and co-writes the script. Del Toro himself admits he became involved in the project because he was terrified by the original film when he was a child. Here, he brings the story forward 39 years as a professional couple and their small child move into a 19th century mansion, with more than a few secrets beneath the floorboards.
The child in question is 8 year old Sally (Bailee Madison), who's been sent to live in Blackwood…
Was für ein Arschloch von Vater. Den Rest des Films kann man gucken, aber Alex hat mich einfach nur aufgeregt. Naja, das soll halt auch so sein.
"Arme Sally, keiner glaubt dir."
Remake of the 1973 cult classic in which a troubled family moves into a Victorian mansion with a dark past, and the daughter is menaced by a horde of tiny creatures that whisper to her from the basement.
Cool, creepy stuff with loads of atmosphere, produced by Spanish horror maestro Guillermo Del Toro.
plot is too slow, the monsters are just ridiculous but the the set is very beautiful. the kid is good fortunately.
Von Guillermo del Toro produzierte Neuauflage eines Fernsehfilms, in der sich ein kleines Mädchen mit Zahnfeen, winzigen Kobolde, die Kinderknochen und -zähne essen, rumschlagen muss.
Del Toros Fingerabdrücke spürt man hier an jeder Ecke, vom märchenhaften Score bis zum Design der Antagonisten. Wo wir gerade bei Märchen sind: das böse Stiefmutter-Thema mag sich mir nicht ganz erschließen, was die Filmemacher damit aussagen wollten, bleibt im Dunkeln (höhö...). Wahrscheinlich wollte man einfach nur bekannte Bilder (bspw. die Hexe im Ofen) umkehren, ohne sich ganz sicher zu sein, was das ganze bedeuten soll.
Übrig bleiben ein paar gelungene Sequenzen (eine so spaßig, dass sie gegen Ende nochmal wiederholt wird), die sich nicht zu einem vernünftigen Ganzen zusammenfinden wollen. Schade drum, es wäre mehr drin gewesen.
Guillermo Del Toro (co-writer) and Troy Nixey's (director) remake of a 70's TV movie, Don't be Afraid of the Dark, tries to successfully straddle that line between adult horror and child fairy tale, but doesn't quite manage it. There are some parts that are genuinely frightening, like the opening with the old man chiselling teeth out to appease the creatures that live in his basement, but there are other moments where you feel like your watching one of the lesser Harry Potter movies, both in tone and effects quality. The film follows a well-trodden formula with very little surprises; family moves into creepy house, weird stuff happens, child is blamed, etc etc, you know the drill. The acting is all fine, especially young Bailee Madison (see also Jim Sheridan's Brothers for more evidence of her talents), but the film just feels a little confused about its audience. I expect better from Del Toro.
All the films mentioned by name in Kim Newman's definitive encyclopedia of horror films, Nightmare Movies. Well worth a read.…
Here is what I hope will be an exhaustive list of film remakes.
If i have missed any, or make…