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Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark

Who better to haunt a house than Guillermo del Toro?  He’s a masterful filmmaker & knows the beats of suspense and horror usually from the perspective of a little girl. Such is the worst case scenario in “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark.”  Sally (Bailee Madison, Just Go With It) is uprooted from her life on the west coast with her mother. Now she’s headed back East to live with her father Alex, (Guy Pearce) & his girlfriend, Kim (Katie Holmes.) The kicker:  They’re living in a wicked old house with secret passages & danger at every corner.

Literally, before Sally has a chance to sneak a single episode of ‘Celebrity Rehab,’ the creepy-crawlies begin to wreak havoc.  She starts hearing whispering voices and things start moving on their own. I’d have bailed. But kids are curious & Sally seeks out the voices in the darkest bottom of a 200 year old hidden basement.  Yeah, let’s be friends she thinks.

Of course, adults are always the last ones to know or believe.  So Sally gets in deeper & deeper with the creatures while the grown ups think she’s just a kiddo nutball.  I liked the building suspense and tension.  There’s also a couple of genuine, jump-out-of-your-seat moments.   I was at a midnight show & people were having a good time screaming, then laughing at themselves for screaming.

Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark is rate R, but I don’t really know why.  There’s blood, but not super bloody.  There’s no bad language and no nudity.  In fact, Katie Holmes’ character wears a full on bra to bed under her silk nightie.  If that doesn’t take you out of a movie, nothing will.

Fans of the scare won’t be able to resist Don’t be Afraid of the Dark.  I thought it was a pretty good movie.  Thankfully, the filmmakers only provided us with 2D.  I feel like I should thank someone for not hitting me over the head with the 3D mallet!

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