Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)

Don't be afraid of the dark movie review poster

Rated: 18
Genre: Horror
Running Time: 1 Hour 38 Minutes
Director: Troy Nixey
Cast: Katie Holmes, Guy Pearce, Bailee Madison
Synopsis: “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 ” (UNITED INTERNATIONAL PICTURES).

Verdict: I haven’t seen the original TV series from the year 1973 but I’m pretty sure that the people who had seen it would say that this 2011 remake is rubbish. Huge mansion, a talking stuffed toy bear, incompetent police and an over-analysing shrink. Sounds like plenty of cliches already, huh? Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark also comes with quite a few scenes that don’t make any sense. It’s not gory nor does it have any significantly good scares. The only quality thing from this production is the cinematography. However, I would like to think that the actual purpose of the film is to advice parents to listen to their children attentively.

Dumb kid: The little girl, Sally (Bailee Madison), has got to be retarded or something. [SPOILER BEGINS HERE] She knows that the so-called tooth fairies are afraid of the light and yet she accepts Kim (Katie Holme)’s polaroid camera as her only defensive tool instead of having a flashlight along as well [SPOILER ENDS HERE].

The ending/ least favourite scene: [SPOILER BEGINS HERE] … and so our heroine of the story, Kim, sacrifices herself to save the little girl. The movie closes out by showing the fireplace sealed with brand new steel bars. The heroine’s voice can be heard talking to the other tooth fairy goblin creatures, leaving the audience to assume that she is turned into one of them. This is just stupid. Why can’t Alex (Guy Pearce) get some people over to tear the basement apart to find Kim instead of trapping her inside with them? [SPOILER ENDS HERE]

The creatures remind me of… Gru from Despicable Me, and the annoying chill-out aliens from Men in Black.

Rating: 1.5 / 5

Second opinion: “I liked this movie more than Paranormal Activity 3; the creatures look like Voldemort from Harry Porter” (Iris Loong).

If you’re wondering how the tooth fairy goblin creatures looked like in the original TV series, here you go…

Don't be afraid of the dark 1973 TV series goblin creature's face

Invitations to the special screening of the film was courtesy of Nuffnang Malaysia and Churp Churp.

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