Reviews and Problems with Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark
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Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark
2 May 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. Unfortunately “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark” and countless other horror movies don’t take this cue and show us what we’re supposed to be afraid of in the first place.
Excerpt: Young Sally Hirst (Bailee Madison) is about to have to deal with the worst part of being caught in the middle of a cross-country divorce and unfortunately for her, it's not being forced to move in with her dad (Guy Pearce) and his business partner/girlfriend (Katie Holmes). It's because the Rhode Island mansion she's moving into has a history full of disappearing children and strange creatures that live in the dark.
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. Though not as stupid as some horror films, it is less exciting and fun than most modern films of any genre. You'll need to a strong appreciation for the original movie, del Toro's cinema, or horror at large for this remake to be worth your while.
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 way they did. It’s a technically decent film, and the Blu-ray specs with regards to video and audio are sublime.
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. Its back story is wonderful, effectively balancing old money, eccentric creativity and the creepiness of life before electricity.
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. Del Toro co-wrote the script (with Matthew Robbins) and served as a producer, and there are distinct echoes of past work like Pan’s Labyrinth and The Devil’s Backbone in its child’s-eye-view of a scary, fantastical universe.
Excerpt: Jag var så sugen på att se en skräckfilm, att jag sneglade på vad andra kritiker säger om aktuella filmer. Generellt sett är de flesta skräckfilmerna helt enkelt ämnade för en mycket smal fanskara eller så är de dåliga och därmed basta! Och så några som bara är lysande! Det fanns dock en viss enighet, om också inte helhjärtad, då jag kikade på omdömena kring Don´t Be Afraid of the Dark .