Basically for a horror film to work one must feel the dread/horror the characters feel or be scared by the creatures/trappings of the picture. In this film one feels no empathy with the characters and the creatures basically are no scarier than a large rat.l A disappointment all round really. Interesting to have Australia double for Rhode Island though. Nice to see Julia Blake long time since Cox's "Innocence".
I haven't seen the original, but when I saw this in the theater I immediately knew what Del Toro's contribution to it was. Apparently the original had much more of a Rosemary's Baby/Suspicion vibe, but what I love about this update is that it's a horror movie seen through the eyes of a little girl whom no one believes. The endangered child protagonist gives it an extra bit of that fairy tale feeling that I love.
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.
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.