Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark–Trust me…you won’t be!

I love Guillermo Del Toro!  He has a creative imagination and a talent with the macabre and strange.  So, although I heard mixed reviews (mostly bad) about Don’t Be Afraid of Dark, I still wanted to see it.  Plus, many times I enjoy movies others do not–well…I should have stayed away.  What started off as a promising premise with a nicely troubled little girl in the center turned into a predictable, silly BOO fest.  (Boo is my way of describing a movie that is not genuinely scary and resorts to pop out and BOO tactics.  Dark hallway, turn the corner and then…BOO!)

I was not impressed with the cast.  Katie Holmes annoys me and even as the smartest person in this film, I still wanted to punch her.  Sorry–I can not help it!  Guy Pearce is a great actor, but has nothing to work with here.  In turn he is left with talking on phone and thinking his kid is crazy.  Bailee Madison is a little one note as the little girl–and that is the biggest mistake, because she needs to be the heart of the story.  Instead she has only one facial expression and she emotes the same emotion.  Would it have killed someone if she cracked a smile?  The house is pretty interesting with lots of intricate wood work and requisite creepiness and could have been utilized more to create atmosphere.  The creatures–that we should be afraid of–are well rendered, but not truly scary–they end up being more like a rat infestation–which actually would’ve been scarier.

I am not an avid horror/scary movie fan, yet I do enjoy a good scare every once in awhile and sadly this did not satisfy that need.  Oh, yeah–by the way–if all the above was not bad enough…the ending is stupid! **insert eye roll**  Go at your own risk! 


About nediunedited

Who is nediunedited? A lover of cinema since the age of seven! All kinds–all genres. Films (TV and Books, too) have shaped my life–they were my escape, my inspiration and even my first role models. I do not rate my films in the traditional sense (no stars, grades, etc.)–instead I give you my opinion and my take on it–I do not give traditional plot summaries either, because I want you to go in clear–ready for your own experience. There is nothing better than discovering a fine film, without any other influence. (Personally, when I want to really see something I practice media shut out–I refuse to watch too many trailers, viral promos, reviews, etc–I have been known to cover my eyes and ears in the theater during trailers–LALALALA!) That’s me–hope you come by and visit! I will definitely make the rounds and find some of you out there, too.

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