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MOVIE REVIEW
This week's reviewed movie is:
DON'T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK


GENE

SNICK

 GORDY

Gene the Barber

Snick the Sidekick

Gordie the Barber

DON'T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK

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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 children's  teeth.

But the cute little monsters turn out to be less than friendly once they're unleashed.

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 exterminator.

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 frightened performance.

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.



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