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Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark…No, Seriously, Don’t Be, It is Hysterical

I was quite dissapointed with Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark. Being co-written by Guillermo Del Toro, I had high hopes for the film, hopes that never saw the light. Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, directed by Troy Nixey, fell quite fucking flat. During the portions of the film where it isn’t completely mundane, it is downright funny. Guy Pearce and Katie Holmes have incredibly phoned in performances, and the child actress, Bailee Madison, easily gives the best performance in the film. To be fair, most of the story is told through her eyes, but it’s sad when the child out acts the adults.
The best part of this film is the set design, and the creature design. Yet, the way the creatures are shown, quickly removes any apprehension we might feel for the little beasties, that are only a few inches high. I mean, there are some creepy shots of them scurrying, but once you see them up close, forget about it, it’s giggle central.
After a promising intro with a character named Blackwood, in his huge Manor in the 19th century, the film gets slow. Cut to present day, and Sally(Bailee Madison) moves into Blackwood Manor, with her father Alex (Guy Pearce) and his new girlfriend Kim (Katie Holmes). Alex and Kim are restoring Blackwood Manor for the historical society, and for the acclaim; to be top…house redecorators? We learn about little beasties, trapped in the basement, that eat children. We hear whispers, and there is a build up of tension. And then the beasties show up, and it just gets hysterical.
Save yourself some money, and wait for this one on dvd, if you bother to watch it at all.


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