Cinematic Releases: Don't Be Afraid of the Dark

From the mind of Guillermo Del Toro, we are now delivered the horror remake Don't Be Afraid of the Dark. I've never seen the original so I cannot base any of my opinions or criticisms based on that fact. However, I found this to be one of the most genuine horror entries I've seen lately. The scares are old school and don't strictly rely on CGI or gore. As a matter of fact, the effects in this movie are quite impressive and used tastefully.

I can't say that this is a great horror film and I can't say it's bad either. It's a mediocre entry that might have been much better if Del Toro had taken the directing reigns himself. His signature is apparent but stronger direction would have made this a much better film.

The strongest part of the movie was the child actor, Bailee Madison. She flexes some dramatic skill while Katie Holmes seems typically tired and wooden. Guy Pearce doesn't really fit but does a fair job with the material he's been given.

Overall, this is a good movie but not great. I enjoyed a few jump out of your seat scares and the unique story. I would recommend this as a rental.