Two Jews on Film: By Joan Alperin-Schwartz: Take one young, unhappy girl who is sent to live with her busy, preoccupied father and his overly sweet girlfriend, throw in a super big scary gothic mansion with a basement, that has a sealed off fireplace (are there any other kind) and a hundred (give or take) ancient, super ugly, tiny demon like creatures, badly in need of dental work, and you have the film 'Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark'.
This film is written by one of my favorite horror guys, Guillermo del Toro. He wrote the script along with Matthew Robbins and it's directed by newcomer, Troy Nixey.
'Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark' is a remake of a television movie that was done in the 1970's. It starred Kim Darby. Don't know if any of you remember her.
In any case, the main reason to see this film, is for the actress, Bailee Madison. Bailee plays the young girl, Sally Hurst and she is wonderful. Guy Pearce is Alex, herself involved dad, and Katie Holms plays Kim, daddy's girlfriend.
Alex is an archectect who's in the process of restoring this very old and very creepy house. All of his money is tied up in this renovation, so of course Alex can't just up and move out...doesn't matter that his daughter Sally, is drawing pictures of demons with razor sharp teeth and she's scared out of her mind.
There's always a reason why residents of demon-occupied homes never leave...some reasons are better than others. Anyway, at first no one believes the poor child when she says: There's little creatures in my bedroom that come out when it's dark and they want to do serious harm to me. Do parents ever believe their children in this situation?
Finally, Kim who really really wants Sally to like her, starts to see the light. Sally might actually be telling the truth.
'Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark has a couple of scenes that are completely illogical. That's something that really bothered me but aside from that, the film does have some really scary elements, that will have you jumping out of your seat, more than once.
Check out our video to see what John, the other half of 'Two Jews On Film' thought of it. 'Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark' opens in theaters Friday, August 26, 2011.