Thursday, September 1, 2011
Don't Be Afraid of the Dark
Earlier this week I went to see the new Guillermo del Toro’s remake of the horror/thriller Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark.
Here's the synopsis:
Spurring Sally’s investigation are the voices—rasping whispers who call out to her from the basement, who promise her understanding and friendship, who are so very hungry and would like to be set free. When Sally gives in to her curiosity, she opens a gateway into a hellish underworld from which an army of beady-eyed, sharp-clawed monsters emerge, small in size but endless in number: the homunculi.
Confronted with the horror that now threatens to taker her life and destroy her family, Sally desperately tries to warn the whole house, but there’s just one problem: no one believes her. Will she make them understand in time, or will they become another chapter in the centuries-long horror story of Blackwood Manor?
I have always loved scary movies. Not so much the hack and slash horror flicks; I like psychological thrillers. Back in the day some of my favorite horror movies were Psycho, Nightmare on Elm Street, Halloween, Pet Cemetery, Scream. . .
When previews for Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark came out, I hate to admit it, but my first attraction to seeing the movie was because Katie Holmes was in it. I told you, I have a girl crush!
My hubby IS NOT a fan of scary movies, and as grown up as I'd like to believe I am, I am not going to a scary movie alone. Lucky for me, my BFF shares my love of things that go bump in the night and so we made a date to see this movie.
I'm going to be honest. I didn't love it (Sorry Katie). It was good, but the scare factor that I thought I was going to experience, was just not there. There were some moments that made me jump or want to cover my eyes, but those moments were few and far between.
The creatures that inhabit the home are creepy, I will give them that. I don't even know how to explain what they are. Their voice is what gets to me. This whispering voice that gives me chills. However once their appearance is revealed their scare factor really diminishes. I won't lie, I was comforted by the nightlight that we keep on in our master bath that sheds just the smallest bit of light into our bedroom. Hey those little critters don't like the light, so I knew I was safe (*wink*).
The thing I did really like about the movie was the family's dynamic. I think that little Sally is what truly really makes the movie. She is quite the actress!
I'm still trying to peace together the ending. I don't want to say too much about it for those who haven't seen the movie, but the ending just has me scratching my head.
Would I recommend Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark? Yes, but save your money for when you can watch it on Netflix or rent it from a Red Box! It is worth a see, just not the $10 + you'll spend at the theater.
Have you seen this movie? Did you like it?