|This new version of Don't Be Afraid of the Dark
features a young girl named Sally (played by Bailee Madison) who arrives to stay with her
father in a cursed old mansion he and his girlfriend bought to resell.
Sally thinks she sees monsters, but no one believes her. She seems to
have awakened a group of strange furry bodied wrinkle heads who crave
But the cute little monsters turn out to be less than friendly once
While not as white knuckled scary as one might hope for, I found this
film delivered a creepiness that is a good scissors sideways.
|Opening with a sequence that will knock your
teeth out, Don't Be Afraid of the
Dark offers up some of the most atmospheric gloom ever provided
by a haunted house thriller.
However, despite the set up, the actors just seem to be going through
their paces, as if evil creatures in the house was a problem for the
A pretty good old fashion spooky tale, except for the gaps in
credibility and logic.
But then again, it's just a haunted house story.
This movie is a gloomy, good old
fashion haunted house thriller.
The biggest share of the
picture's real acting goes to the 11-year-old Bailee Madison, who is outstanding in her lonely
The film is a successful work of mood and tone that
holds us in suspense until the end.
The production is also one
long exercise in building tension and is not overloaded with special
effects, which allows the cast of solid actors to have a real presence
to do their job in this classic creepy creatures haunting horror remake.