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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.
> Crimson Peak
I liked it and it even scared me a bit, but I'm easily scared, so it doesn't count LoL
Though he didn't direct it, this film is still very del Toro. Broken families, creaky gothic mansions, adult fears meeting childhood fancies, and creepy homunculi with a taste for human teeth: many of this film's writer/producer's pet obsessions are on lavish display here. I can sort of understand why people give this a hard time (it does feel a bit like a second-rate retread of del Toro's more auteurist pieces), but I thought it was good fun.
I really wanted to like this film. A stylish film written by Guillermo del Toro, with a similar atmosphere to Pan's Labyrinth? Yes!
But the film was mostly just frustrating because of how much I had to suspend my disbelief. How come no one but the girl ever hears these creatures? They're so loud. I kept groaning whenever they would torment the girl, but somehow escape quick enough so that no one caught them.
Also, dumb ending.
I hear the original 70s film is much better, so I'll have to watch that one someday.
You would think by now that Americans would know not to buy big old derelict mansions in the countryside, but Guy Pierce and Katie Holmes take no notice and are doing up a big old derelict mansion in the countryside. And, down in the cellar, there are malevolent tooth-fairies. Yes, nasty little tooth-fairies who are after children’s teeth. I don’t know anything about director Troy Nixey, but, judging by this, he is a personality free professional who likes to swish his camera around in the pretence that it creates some sort of dynamism. If we want to place the film into an authorial context we must look to Guillermo del Toro and his archaic underworlds of mythological creatures...although I still…
"Don't Be Afraid of the Dark" suffers from an unfortunate affliction that effects many inferior horror films; something I'd like to call bad-decision syndrome. While showcasing an intriguing premise a promising start and some decent acting from child actor Bailee Madison the film constantly shoehorns "scary" and "atmospheric" situations despite the fact no sane person would put themselves in that position.
Take for instance the scene where Sally (Bailee Madison) finds a human tooth on the grounds of the house her father (Guy Pearce) and girlfriend (Katie Holmes) are renovating. Instead of anyone going "Oh dear, a human tooth!" Sally is shuffled off and ignored as children often are in films.
The bad decisions get more ludicrous as the film…
Katie Holmes vs the tooth fairy
A movie that seems to have it all but is still missing something. This film has a creepy, imposing mansion, an uninspired little girl, a dark backstory and even tiny, mischievous creatures that dwell in the bowels of the mansion. Sounds like the making of a thrilling movie and in the end, wasn't bad. It just wasn't as good as it should of been. A little girl reluctantly comes to live with her father and girlfriend (Guy Pearce/Katie Holmes) in the ominous dwelling. Holmes' character is an interior designer who is in the process of designing this house. The little girl notices strange happenings and explores the mammoth house. She soon discovers a secret area and with that why the…
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