120+ movies: Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark

120+ Movies of 2011, Annual Movie Challenge

Looking back to last year’s film watching challenge, I am way behind on my target of over 120 films watched in a year. This time last year I’d seen nearly 100 films already, and my target was only 100! Eep! If I have any chance of hitting over 120 this year I have some major catching up to do.

Don't Be Afraid of the DarkDon’t Be Afraid of the Dark (12/10/11)

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.

I love a good horror/ghost story. Now that Halloween’s not far off, all the scary films are coming out thick and fast. Good news!

While DBAOTD had a few shortcomings, I really enjoyed it. I don’t scare easy and I can’t honestly remember the last film I saw that genuinely scared me. Oh wait, it could have been Black Swan. But that’s a different kind of scare. I digress!

DBAOTD felt like, to me, that it was trying to be a more traditional scary film. It definitely felt like The Shining at points with the young girl and the old knowledgeable grandfather type man. There were some good jumpy moments. Some nice tension building – mostly down to the score by Marco Beltrami and some really beautifully set up shots.

I was saddened by Guy Pearce’s lack of acting. Anyone could have played his character of the father who doesn’t know what to do with his child. Katie Holmes actually surprised me. I didn’t think she was awful! The real star of the show was Bailee Madison. She stole the show and sold the fear that poor Sally was feeling.

With Guillermo del Toro’s hand in this pie, you’ve got the creatures looking that distinct Guillermo way. While my brother groaned and rolled his eyes when he saw the tree carving in the door and the look of the creatures, I was quite happy to see his style back on the big screen. In fact, it made me want to watch Pan’s Labyrinth again.

All in all, a good scary film. A good one for Halloween.
Rating: 4/5

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