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…
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…
Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark, like many of it's irk, frustrates. You couldn't ask for stupider adults in a movie, with Pearce's character especially taking the cake. Pearce and Holmes are architects renovating an old mansion with a bad history. In moves Pearce's estranged daughter, who immediately starts being tormented by little critters, who turn out to be "tooth fairies" who seek to feed on her bones. Guillermo Del Toro co-wrote and conceptualized this remake of an old 70s TV movie, and in execution, it's a handsome looking production. Gothic atmospheres are done well, and the critters are effectively nasty, but the fact that everyone acts like an idiot, and that there are many loose ends and plot holes the script never bothers with (that, or half the film has been left on the cutting room floor), means it falls below standard.
A Del Toro-penned ghostory, aiming for many of the same targets as The Orphanage and even Pan's Labyrinth, but missing 'em. Tiny folkloric tooth-goblins live in the wall-cavities of the ancient Blackwood Manor*, which is fine - but they emerge from the shadows too early and too often. Hellboy 2's insectile tooth-fairies were truly horrid, but the brood shown here are not much more than psychotic Borrowers: they speak English and are a dab hand at locks, lightswitches and fuseboxes, so the movie ends up as an accidental variation on Gremlins - and one so humourless that it's sometimes inadvertantly funny.
I can't fault Bailee Madison's performance as terrified little girl Sally, but parents Guy Pearce and Katie Holmes yawn…
[...] Keinerlei überzeugende Atmosphäre, katastrophales Pacing und eine Lächerlichkeits-Dichte, die ihresgleichen sucht. Nicht dass die Figuren in ihrer stoischen Unmotiviertheit reichen würden, oder der pompös-unpassende Score alles täte, um aus dem Film heraus zu werfen – anstatt zu fesseln – als dann erstmalig ominöses Flüstern in den Tiefen des ach so gefährlichen Schlosses beginnt und nach 20 Minuten eine Armada an schlecht gelaunten Kampf-Ratten aus den Untiefen der gefährlich-bösen Vergangenheit aufsteigt ist Ende. Das letzte Aufbäumen gegen das Totalversagen der Beteiligten äußert sich in den Versuchen billige Jump-Scares an den Mann zu bringen. Auch das scheitert. [...]
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Beautiful and stunning. Great twist on a predictable storyline
The widely-panned Guillermo Del Toro-produced movie about horrible creepy "tooth fairy" monsters who want to be friends with a little girl - or do they? In the opening scene we have a particularly creepy set-up where the owner of the large house is offering his teeth (and anyone else's) in the hopes of getting his son back from the little monsters who live under the house. After that scene, we see Guy Pearce (awesome as always), his girlfriend Katie Holmes (who actually is pretty damn good in this - colour me surprised, as I was really not a believer) and his daughter going to a house which the couple are planning to fix up and sell for a profit. The…
As terrific a filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro is, many of his producing efforts have been painfully dilute. Last year's Mama had some good ideas but was left toothless thanks to an nonthreatening CGI villain and the same problem befalls Don't Be Afraid of the Dark. You can see why Del Toro would be attracted to this sort of project, it's a classic spook-tale set in a big unfriendly Victorian house and also has a lot to say about the lonliness of childhood. But once the mysterious goings on give way to a stop-n-shock rhythm in the shape of some cheeky yet vicious tooth-fairies, a lot of the interest fades away. The film's true shining star is actress Bailee Madison, who…
Película de terror dirigida por Troy Nixey, producida y co-escrita por Guillermo del Toro, protagonizada por Guy Pearce, Katie Holmes y Bailee Madison. “Don`t Be Afraid of The Dark” está basada en un film homónimo de 1973 hecho específicamente para la televisión, que expone elementos esenciales de los clásicos como:
- Casa embrujada o con un secreto “misterioso”.
- Joven curioso (a) e impetuoso (a) que escudriña más de lo debido, además con algún problema de adaptación social.
- Adultos “perdidos” e incrédulos.
- Alusión religiosa al cristianismo con cultos secretos.
- Mayordomo o ayudante que sabe más de la cuenta.
No es necesario una sinopsis para entender con que nos vamos a encontrar, ya que son ingredientes altamente trillados…
I knew the moment that I saw the name Guillermo del Toro attached to what turned out to be a lame GREMLINS rip-off, that there would be some death, aimed at an innocent, intended be bittersweet instead of sad, as the finale. I wanted to be proved wrong so badly.
- Night of the Living Dead
- Night of the Living Dead
- Dawn of the Dead
- Dawn of the Dead
- Day of the Dead
- Ed Gein
- Freeway II: Confessions of a Trickbaby
- Dario Argento's Phantom of the Opera
- Christina's House
With the announcement of the line-up for the 2013 FrightFest Halloween All-nighter, I thought it was about time there was…
- Salem's Lot
- 100 Feet
Horror movies I've seen. List copied from my IMDB account. It will keep expanding.
In no particular order.