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.
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…
It's a funny one as it did have my attention for the majority but towards the end I felt it lost all direction and went a bit skew whiff! There was a complete lack of rational and a very 'right then that's done.......... jog on' attitude.
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!
Haunted house movies awaken within us the 5-year-old afraid to go down the stairs with the basement lights off. Sure, there's a light switch down at the bottom, but you never know. "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark" begins with an extraordinary house that should be haunted, even if it isn't. This is a mansion in Australia, I learn, much enhanced by art direction and set design, which I might be reluctant to occupy alone even with all the lights on.
Into this house move a 10-year-old girl named Sally, her father and her father's girlfriend. The movie depends so much on the little girl, played by Bailee Madison with pluck, intelligence and a righteous temper. When children are endangered…
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
Watched this tonight with the colour turned waaaay down, to the point where the colour was barely perceptible. As the film doesn't really rely on colour, it worked very well on the whole, with only a few scenes that didn't have enough contrast. Recommended.
This movie is much better than people give it credit. This film is significantly better than the original. This is what a good remake should be. It took the things about the original that worked, and used that to go off in new directions.
The main complaint against this film is that it isn't very scary. Fair enough. However, scariness is clearly not the main focus of the movie. There is so much artistry and care put into this film that I find it hard to take issue with it.
It's definitely worth a watch. If you're a Del Toro fan, I highly recommend a watch. If you go into it knowing it's not supposed to be the scariest, you'll be pleasantly surprised.
Ok so if you actually pay attention when watching this film (which I didn't do so well the first time) it is pretty good.
In particular the bedroom scene under the sheet was quite disturbing and ruined my childhood belief that as long as I was under the cover the monsters couldn't get me.
The structure and story of the film feels quite familiar, especially the characters relationships with each other but there are some good horror elements to this film and those little monsters are creepy.
The girl who plays Sally is amazing but the rest of the cast are quite average. (There were one or two good moments each from Holmes and Pearce)
Glad I gave this film a second chance, and maybe I'll like it even more on the third viewing... or you know, hate it completely. We'll see.
This started out pretty promisingly, with a spooky Goosebumps/Are You Afraid of the Dark? feel to it. Family movie horror is an underrated genre! Loved the old house setting with its hidden rooms and wild grounds. The problem is the stupid story, the idiot characters, and the overexposure of the little monsters that look nifty but are more comical than frightening. Plus this had one of the more annoying third acts I can remember in a horror flick, where the characters behave so stupidly, in a way no human being ever would. I did enjoy the random Alan Dale cameo though. That guy pops up everywhere! And he always plays the exact same guy.
Pass on this movie.
It seems like I might be the only person on here who actually enjoyed this...yes it's clichéd, predictable and Guy Pearce wins the worlds worst dad award but I found it creepy and very watchable - especially the mischievous critters who were surprisingly charismatic despite being CGI . Bailee Madison's performance as Sally is certainly the heart of the film and if you watch the film through her eyes then her experiences and actions felt very relatable. Based on the 1973 made for TV cult film of the same name it kind of reminded me (albeit a much more slick and glossy version) of the late night horror anthologies I sneakily use to watch growing up, and for me, thats a good thing.
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