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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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
I am a big admirer of the original TV movie and I was really excited by the prospect of Guillermo del Toro (as co-writer and producer) bringing the story to a wider audience. Unfortunately, this remake is caught between two stools meaning it never quite works and makes for a disappointing remake. Whilst I am pleased this isn’t an exact copy of the original my big problem is the fact that it is confused by which audience it is trying to appeal to.
It is just a little too intense for a younger audience and not scary enough for an adult one. In many ways it is ideal material for a young teen audience, like a modern Watcher in the…
From executive producer Guillermo del Toro, this is a beautiful horror movie set on a creepy house (again). The plot's ordinary and it's not very scary but it is entertaining enough. The special effects of the monsters are not very convincingly scary though.
Is that how nasty a Tom Cruise divorce ends?
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The only thing deader than Katie Holmes's character is her career after this.
I thought this was supposed to be a horror film....I mean, Guillermo Del Toro was heavily involved after all. Instead, Don't Be Afraid of the Dark plays out like a hilarious episode of "America's Funniest Home Videos". Are kids really that stupid? Heck, are people really that stupid? It's all right there in front of them. The choices that these characters make over and over again are laughable, and you're not supposed to laugh when watching a horror film.
Review #14 of My Horrible Collection: Shocktober list.
I heard quite a few good things about this movie. Produced by Guilliermo del Torro, this movie certainly feels like one of his.
Except for a few scenes this feels a lot like a childrens horror movie, similar to Poltergeist. With the main character being a little girl and her problems with moving into a new house, with her estranged father and his girlfriend it felt very "childish".
But soon it gets dark, and I mean "a child should not watch this" kind of dark with little scary monsters stabbing an old man with knives. Now thinking about it in the 80s this could still go through as a childrens film.
AXETOBER FILM 24/666
-A bunch of little tooth fairy gremlins who try to murder kids? What's not to love? Pretty much all of it.
-A kid is sent to live with her father and stepmom in a dilapidated old castle, where creatures dwell in the basement. The setting is obviously a solid idea but it's dark and dirty in a pretty bland way. The best horror movies use setting and darkness in a way that inspires your imagination. With proper tension, the empty unseen spaces are filled by the terror created by your mind. So as long as you have some unresolved issues there is lots of fear to be mined!
Here everything is just kind of explained to you…
HORROR FILM A DAY OCTOBER 2016
An annoying child moves into a spooky new house with her annoying dad and his annoying girlfriend and gets creeped out by annoying creatures. Despite its R rating, this plays more like a PG-13 movie with only the odd blood spurt to justify its higher certificate. The CG monsters just aren't scary with the exception of the creepy whispering. I am not a fan of creepy whispering but the actual creatures just look silly when you see them up close. Marco Beltrami co-scored the film which is probably why some of the music sounds a lot like the score to the Scream movies. It is a good looking film, it's well made but there…
Guy Pearce and Katie Holmes work quite well together in this run-of-the-mill haunted house remake of a 1973 made-for-TV movie. Bailee Madison does well as Sally, the daughter who is harassed by the little critters, and manages to create a bit of empathy for the character; not bad for an 11 year-old. Fun to see serial cameo Alan Dale pop up, otherwise this is really a by-the-numbers horror that isn’t especially scary.
Produced by Guillermo del Toro (the critters aren’t filled with eyes though) and directed by a comic book artist for some reason (Troy Nixey), not that he does a bad job, it just seems an odd choice. The creatures themselves are quite fearsome little hunchback things and their scuttling puts me in mind of facehuggers, but otherwise there is nothing special about this standard haunted house fayre. But, you know, that's just, like, my opinion man.
To give you guys a heads up, I've never seen the 1973 original film that has gained a cult following over the years. I didn't think that it was originally made for television until I did my research on Wikipedia.
So, going into the remake of Don't be Afraid of the Dark, I was expecting the film to be pretty bone-chilling and something that will stick with me as a GOOD horror movie to watch in the dark. Unfortunately, I was pretty disappointed to be honest. I mean I will give the film a lot of credit for actually trying to create a genuinely scary flick under the hands of Guillermo de Toro. But, when you have a movie that…
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