Don't Be Afraid Of the Dark - Review

Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, Katie Holmes | GOTHIC POTBOILER Katie Holmes in Don't Be Afraid of the Dark

Don't Be Afraid of the Dark opens with a brutally unsettling sequence: In a stately stone manor, a man traps a pretty housekeeper and smashes her teeth with a hammer (he's already done the same thing to himself), all to offer up those teeth as a ritual sacrifice to the spirits who live there. (The spirits must sit around watching Saw sequels.) I can't say that I totallyenjoyed this sequence, but it did seem a harbinger of a sickly effective shocker; so did the fact that fantasy/horror maestro Guillermo del Toro (Pan's Labyrinth) is the film's producer and co-writer. But Don't Be Afraid of the Dark is neither colorfully brutal nor especially fun. It's a plodding, derivative gothic potboiler: The Shiningmeets Coraline, with a touch of Gremlins played (boringly) straight. Read More...

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