A remake of the 1970 film classic, Don’t be Afraid of the Dark, has come onto the movie scene but thus far has failed to impress. The movie written by Guillermo del Toro and co-written by Mathew Robbins has been eagerly awaited but has proved to be a disappointment despite excellent direction by Troy Nixey.
It would have been easy to polish up the earlier film but that would have been unfair and shown little regard to the contribution of del Toro. Movie goers will remember his excellent work on the Blade series.
The film starts on a high note and the first few minutes hold the viewers full attention. Nixey, using his exceptional direction skills, guides the action through all the different emotions. The horror scenes are powerful and appear mysterious, ominous and original. Thereafter the movie slowly loses all appeal and it is only the degree of talent and the opening scenes that keeps the viewers attention on a high.
A good example of the decline in the movie is the whispering of the little monsters. What is supposed to be a frightening scene becomes almost laughable and somewhat annoying. Few people will be frightened in this movie and it could be rated as a PG13. It is a movie that would appeal to ten year olds.
The film makers have produced a mediocre film with little of what is expected such as horror, crafty humour and twisted plots. It does not take the horror fan seriously and in fact could be classed as insulting.
Two scenes in the film namely the bathroom scene and the dinner party scene commence with great expectation. but soon devolve into an embarrassing sequence, enough to make an audience shy away. The film becomes a mission to see it through to the end.