Sound Off: Troy Nixey's 'Don't Be Afraid of the Dark' - Your Thoughts?
by Alex Billington
August 26, 2011
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? It's back from 1973, the TV horror movie Don't Be Afraid of the Dark is here to haunt you again. In this new remake, producer Guillermo del Toro guides first-time feature filmmaker Troy Nixey as he brings yet another haunted house to life. The cast includes Katie Holmes, Guy Pearce and Bailee Madison as the young girl tormented by nasty little creatures who come from a chamber in the basement. So how is this remake? As creepy as the original or even scarier? If you've seen it, leave a comment below and tell us your thoughts on the new Don't Be Afraid of the Dark.
To fuel the fire, I wasn't really the biggest fan of this remake. I thought the little creatures were ingenious, properly freaky at times, especially with sharp objects, but also a bit too playful, like Gremlins that I now want a maquette of on my desk. I was never really as afraid or worried as I should've been, and felt like it played almost to a PG-13 level when it should've been R (even though it apparently is rated R). It has a solid story and there's some great technical work, but it was missing some kind of magic to make it stand out as something memorable. I hate to say it, but not enough people died, I pretty much expected the ending and wasn't ever shocked by anything that happened - and I really wanted this movie to thrill the crap out of me.
What did you think of Don't Be Afraid of the Dark? Impressive horror remake or let down? We will remove any comments that indicate you have not seen the movie, as this area is meant to discuss the film only once you have seen it and can talk about your thoughts. Please keep the comments civilized!