Reviews and Problems with Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark
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Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark
28 January 2012
Excerpt: There’s an old saying that “less is more.” And when you think about it, it really works when referring to movies. This is what made “Jaws” work so well in that we never really saw the shark, namely we just felt its presence.
Conclusion: Don't Be Afraid of the Dark is a pretty solid movie that's at its best when its focused on mood and design over characters and creatures, which, fortunately for the audience, represents the vast majority of the runtime.
Conclusion: Don't Be Afraid of the Dark is far more dull than frightening. Built on fond childhood memories and a passion for fancy, this outing no doubt did more for writer/producer Guillermo del Toro than it will for the typical viewer.
Conclusion: What can I say? It’s all in the marketing and they dropped the ball with that. Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark is not “scary” per se, but is creepy as all hell. There’s a difference, but I don’t think creepy sells as best as scary, so I can almost see why they went that route in marketing the film the...
Summary: Dear Horror Movie Parents-- Why must you insist on buying your children creepy-as-hell rotating night lights when moving into spooky mansions with inevitably dark and murderous (most foul!) histories? Sincerely yours, High-Def Digest.
Excerpt: Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark is very good with details. Its setting--an old, partially renovated mansion--is perfectly constructed for a horror film. Its cast is very small and tight knit, lacking the usual hot, frivolous and unimportant supporting players.
Excerpt: A polish on a fondly remembered 1973 TV movie, Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark has been promoted as “ Guillermo Del Toro ’s Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark ,” which by the evidence here is both unmistakable and deceptive.