Monday, November 21, 2011

Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark = Be Afraid Of No Plot

There IS a plot, but it's full of so many holes you might get a general idea of what's going on, just ignore anything like details or continuity, that stuff.  It doesn't help that the theater I went to is using the new-school 3D projection which causes everything else they project to show up super dark, which most people wouldn't notice.  But I realized there was no way I could complain to the manager that a movie called 'Don't Be Afraid of the Dark' was 'too dark!', and I was 1 of 3 people in the theater, so I weighed that con against the pros (no kids) and let it slide.

Loves me a spooky haunted house movie though!  Good balance of suspense & scares, the fairy/goblins were creepy and violent so they kept the pace going (ps. they are the exact same thing as the 'tooth fairies' in Hellboy 2, just without wings, so they get ghetto points for recycling cgi effects on this one).  The scenarios get kind of repetitive though (stop putting the girl to bed with a night light and a teddy bear when she keeps warning you of all the crazy shit that goes down afterwards!)  Regardless, it was ok, like 'oh it's Saturday afternoon and it's raining and I don't feel like doing anything and this movie just started on Lifetime, and screw taking a shower today or dealing with anyone, I'm just gonna chill the fuck out and watch Katie Holmes deal with some little goblins and do nothing all day', but I expected way more on the creepy/scary scale from Guillermo Del Toro.  Now I'm more interested in seeing the original TV movie that freaked HIM out so much he felt so compelled to remake it. (He didn't direct, just produced, and this release got pushed back a lot of months so that always means problems).

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