Friday, August 26, 2011
Don't Be Afraid of the Dark
It's not even October, but yet this is the third horror film released in the last three weeks. First we had 'Final Destination 5', which we all knew was going to be terrible, and just as we suspected it was. Last week we had 'Fright Night', which still doesn't make any sense to me as to why Hollywood decided to remake such a lousy film with a such a so-so premise. And now, today, we finally get the one I've been waiting for. The one written and produced by Mexican creepmaster Guillermo Del Toro. The one starring Guy Pearce and Katie Holmes. The one that's been delayed for way too long because of Disney's sale of Miramax. And sadly, the one that's the biggest disappointment of them all, at least relative to expectations.
Guy Pearce and Katie Holmes play a couple living and working in an old creepy house. And Pearce's creepy daughter has just been sent to live with them by his ex-wife. And anyone who's ever seen a horror film knows that creepy daughters and creepy houses make a dangerous combination, especially when they have creepy monsters in the creepy basement.
Right from the start, this film showed a lot of potential in terms of atmosphere and style. And then it quickly goes downhill as it became clear this is your standard haunted house/creature/creepy kid horror film. Nothing new. I expected more from the guy who brought us 'Pan's Labyrinth' and 'Hellboy'.