59: Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark

Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark – August 26, 2011
Starring: Guy Pearce, Katie Holmes, Bailee Madison
Written by: Guillermo del Toro, Matthew Robbins
Directed by: Troy Nixey

The plot: “A young girl sent to live with her father and his new girlfriend discovers creatures in her new home who want to claim her as one of their own.” – IMDB

My thoughts: Unfortunately, I wasn’t especially impressed by this movie. I’m a big fan of horror movies and love when they either a.) genuinely scare me or b.) fuck with me until I’m scared/super uncomfortable. In the case of this movie, I was never scared nor was it so crazy or weird that I felt unsettled. It was predictable and overdone.

On top of the predictability of it, there were a few plot holes that made it hard for me to buy into the “believability” of the story. I’m going to list a few so yes, there will be spoilers.

1. Katie Holmes is an expert on some famous painter that lived in this cursed house they live in. Someone who suffered at the hands of the creatures in the house tells her to go to the nearest library and to an exact section. She gets there and asks a librarian who takes her directly to this secret, private, “never tell the public” vault of this artist’s work which basically lays out what’s happening in the house.

So my question is, even though this vault was meant to be top secret and undisclosed, this librarian just brought a random person back there without a question or without asking for identification or without getting some kind of approval?

2. About 3/4s of the way through the movie, Bailee Madison encounters the creatures and freaks the fuck out before smashing one of them on the wall, thereby leaving physical proof that these things are real and she isn’t some overly-imaginative troublemaker. And yet, it’s never mentioned or noted by anyone at all. Right, I’m so sure.

The best part was the opening scene/opening credits. The opening scene was intriguing and definitely creepy. If the movie had been as dark and mysterious as the first few minutes, it would have been better. Also, the opening credits were done by Ben Alpass and a team of illustrators and animators and they were awesome. I’ve embedded the video for your viewing pleasure.

The fact is, it was just a very anti-climactic movie without any real twists or turns. The acting was all right – not particularly impressive or noteworthy. Let’s just say Katie Holmes wasn’t unbearable. It was kind of a let down as I have high hopes and expectations for del Toro.

Stars: 1/5

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