Review: Don’t be Afraid of the Dark (2011)

Ah, Katie Holmes, you poor, poor cursed woman. You always make these movies, many of them pretty good, and yet they never seem to gain the interest that they should. This is another one of those movies, while it wasn’t a complete unknown, it didn’t seem to have the popularity that suggest a polished film should.

Anyway, this dark fairy tale is about a young girl that is forced to live with a father that is too preoccupied to give her much thought, and dad’s girlfriend that is interested in trying to win over his daughter, a little too bit if you ask me. The setting is a house that the father and girlfriend are restoring, and our little girl soon finds that there are little beings that live in the walls that have taken an interest in her….

This is another film that has nothing that really stands out, but it is still enjoyable. Everyone acts about how you would expect them to act, and everything progress about the same. If you have read some of my other reviews, this is very much a popcorn movie.

Spoilers beyond this point

I lied, there is nothing that I would really add that would spoil the film. It is a good PG-13 flick, nothing more, nothing less. I enjoy Guillermo Del Toro’s ability to tell stories, and this one is no exception, but it is not really that much of a horror movie. It would be good to watch with the kids, it gets a little gruesome towards the end, but nothing that they shouldn’t be able to handle(unless you are showing it to wimpy kids…).


1. I would not have been a maintenance guy on the property, since he seemed to know what was going on. I don’t remember the little creatures having anything to keep him there, so… What the heck?

2… … I guess that is about it, the other characters don’t make great choices, but ones that make sense under the situation… … That and I will be honest, I watched this a couple of weeks ago, and forgot to finish it. Sorry, I have had a busy week. Still a good film.

My Rating: 8/10

My Suggestion: Rent

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I like to say that I was born to be a horror fan, you could say that I was destine to hate it or love it. When you are born in the early eighties, and your last name is Krueger (yes, that is my real name) you hear a lot about Nightmare on Elm Street. Combine that with parents that didn’t feel watching horror would harm their children (If they watched it, we did, and they liked horror), a little brother that would bravely watch any movie with you (even if it was from behind the couch) and a boom in the horror industry; yes I was destine to be a fan.