The most depressing, rated-R kids' movie of all time. It's also probably the only one. Let's see: unsympathetic parents, plot holes a mile wide, a script full of missed opportunities (you have a dinner party and the monsters *don't* attack? Why don't we see what's down their hole?). The main character is a little girl who would make Trent Reznor seem sunny in comparison. All in all, this is one to avoid, folks.
It's good but I wish Del Toro directed it instead of wrote it/produced it. The one thing that keeps it from being truly great is that it shows the creatures so fully that you lose the mystery that made Cat People, Jaws, and Alien so thrilling.
I spend so much time watching schlock that a genuinely creepy movie always takes me by surprise. I kind of love Guillermo del Toro's unflinching takes on childish magic realism. This was a particularly good take on the tooth fairy mythos.
I don't care about how technical or non-technical this movie was, it was really entertaining, especially in theatre with a bunch of people. IIt's like a modern day grindhouse film. And the creatures are scary enough to frighten a kid, that's for sure. Very fun. Funny at times, too.
I really wanted to love this film, Del Torro is one of my favourites. That being said, the film left much to be desired. Most of the best parts were shown in the television previews, the characters were nearly impossible to develop any sort of attachment to, and the 'creatures' would have been much more terrifying if we saw them less. I wouldn't recommend paying 10$ to see this in the cinema but rather wait and rent.
There were quite a few moments that strained rationality, but then again this is a movie about evil fairy creatures that eat children's teeth. I had a ton of fun watching Don't Be Afraid of the Dark and would heartily recommend it to anyone who enjoys horror / creature films.