There’s certainly no reason to be scared of the dark based on this films offerings.
A young girl is sent to live with her father (Guy Pearce) and his new girlfriend (Katie Holmes). While staying at an old mansion that he is reinventing the inquisitive girl is attacked and increasingly terrorised by creatures that live in the fire place hidden in the basement of the old house.
The story had potential but failed to hit any expectations.
Guillermo Del Toro is a master at using fairy tales and mythological creatures and giving them a sinister presence, but unlike his previous work Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark falls short on impact. The ‘fairies’ do have an evil look to them but once they are introduced early on in the story there is nothing else to excite or fright. I was constantly waiting for the next monster to appear but it never happened.
The story had potential but failed to hit any expectations. There was no depth to any of the characters who were just thrown in to fill the weak, conventional story which is a common aspect of poor horror films such as this one.
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