Screen Junkies » Don’t Be Afraid Of the Dark http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Fri, 22 Aug 2014 17:32:08 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Weekend Box Office Report: ‘The Help’ Is At It Again! http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/weekend-box-office-report-the-help-is-at-it-again/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/weekend-box-office-report-the-help-is-at-it-again/#comments Sun, 28 Aug 2011 20:00:05 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=226194 Poor Paul Rudd.

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Never underestimate the help, people. Or The Help, for that matter, which braved Hurricane Irene and a bunch of weak openers (again) for another week at the top spot at the box office, earning a $14.3 million gross this weekend. At the number 2 spot is Columbiana, the latest action movie from the Luc Besson conveyor belt, which throat-chopped its way to a $10.3 million opening.

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The other two openers to make anything resembling a “splash” this weekend were Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark and Our Idiot Brother. The former, a horror remake from producer Guillermo Del Toro, was in third place with an $8.7 million opening. The latter, which had lots on Paul Rudd to offer if we’d only just accept it, made it to 5th place with an opening gross of $6.6 million. (The Playlist)

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LAFF Review: Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/laff-review-dont-be-afraid-of-the-dark/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/laff-review-dont-be-afraid-of-the-dark/#comments Mon, 27 Jun 2011 04:58:35 +0000 Fred Topel http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=217946 A solid creature feature in the vein of the’80s puppet movies

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Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark is a solid creature feature in the vein of the’80s puppet movies, even though it’s probably all CGI. The atmosphere and monsters have a Guillermo del Toro vibe, even though he only produced it and Troy Nixey directed it.

Little Sally Hirst (Bailey Madison) has to go live with her dad Alex (Guy Pearce) and his new girlfriend Kim (Katie Holmes) in the scary house they’re restoring. We know from the prologue that Emerson Blackwood (Garry McDonald) used to hide in the basement ripping out victims’ teeth to feed the creatures that whisper to him. So it’s going to be rough for Sally.

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The plot structure is basic and effective. Sally starts hearing the whispers and the creatures leave gifts for her, but then they start ripping Kim’s clothes and making trouble. Of course the grown-ups don’t believe her. Actually, it’s Alex who’s so obsessed with making the cover of Architecture Digest that he tries to micromanage Sally into behaving. Kim seems sympathetic, at least that Sally should get some sensitive attention, if not totally buying into the creatures.

Nixey does the creature tease well with glimpses, keeping the creatures hidden but present enough that they’re part of the movie. Alex sticks his ears so close he almost gets nicked, but that’s just a joke. Seeing the creatures in shadow from Sally’s foot level is cute and whimsical.

The creatures attack with deft skill though. You definitely get your money’s worth in several scenes of full on little armies stabbing and grabbing the groundskeeper and embarrassing Alex at his dinner party. Those are great sequences.

The only distracting aspect of the film is an apparent anti-psychiatry bent. Sally’s mom has her on Aderol and Alex’s psychiatrist friend wants to prescribe more for Sally. It may be effective to set a monster movie in the world of obtuse adults, but when you cast the wife of the most vocal spokesperson against prescription medication, it can’t help but feel like an agenda. And it was probably only meant to show that the grown-ups don’t get Sally, but that’s where my mind goes.

I like seeing a creature movie where the creatures interact with the world. Horror movies don’t scare me so I have to appreciate them on a different level. I don’t know if Dark will scare you but it’s entertaining and creative.

 

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What’s Sillier: Taylor Lautner Surfing On A Building Or Sean Penn In A Ladywig? http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/whats-sillier-taylor-lautner-surfing-on-a-building-or-sean-penn-in-a-ladywig/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/whats-sillier-taylor-lautner-surfing-on-a-building-or-sean-penn-in-a-ladywig/#comments Wed, 22 Jun 2011 18:47:12 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=217418 New posters for 'Abduction', 'This Must Be The Place', 'Crazy Stupid Love', and 'Don't Be Afraid of the Dark'

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A couple of new posters for you to contemplate before you decide whether or not they are fit for your wall. First, there’s Taylor Lautner surfing on a skyscraper in Abduction. Then there’s Crazy Stupid Love, in which Steve Carell plays a newly-divorced man re-entering the dating scene with some coaching from Ryan Gosling. Then we there’s a creepy poster for the Guillermo del Toro-produced haunted house thriller Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark. And then there’s an even creepier poster of Sean Penn dressed a post-punk rocker in This Must Be The Place.

Posters are all below but proceed with caution.

 

It’s like, use the stairs, dude. AND NO RUNNING!! (via Yahoo)

Here Steve Carell gets his first gander at vagina and stares with gape-mouthed wonder. I’m betting it belongs to Julianne Moore or Marisa Tomei. They’ve got a reputation. Or maybe that’s actually Kevin Bacon in front of him. I believe we were all just as surprised when we saw Wild Things. (via Yahoo)

I know that I said no running on the stairs, but… RUN, BITCH! RUN!!! (via Empire)

We laugh but this look could still get him laid in Silverlake. (via Recent Movie Posters)

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Don’t Be Afraid Of This ‘Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark’ Trailer http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/dont-be-afraid-of-this-dont-be-afraid-of-the-dark-trailer/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/dont-be-afraid-of-this-dont-be-afraid-of-the-dark-trailer/#comments Fri, 27 May 2011 22:19:14 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Video&p=213926 Look behind you!

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Guillermo del Toro's 'Don't Be Afraid of the Dark' Trailer

The upcoming horror movie from producer Guillermo del Toro Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark is probably going to be, in terms you should have learned if you went to film school, scary as shit. And this new UK trailer would seem to confirm that assumption.

The movie is about a little girl played by Bailee Madison, who moves into a haunted house with her dad (Guy Pearce) and his new girlfriend (Katie Holmes). Also, lots of loud and scary PG-13 ghosts. You can go ahead and watch it in the dark, since it says right in the title not to be afraid of said dark. Enjoy.

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‘Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark’ Or This Poster http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/dont-be-afraid-of-the-dark-or-this-poster/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/dont-be-afraid-of-the-dark-or-this-poster/#comments Sat, 07 May 2011 01:20:44 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=211046 Check out the spookeriffic poster for producer Guillermo Del Toro's 'Don't Be Afraid of the Dark'. Just remember: posters can't harm you.

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It’s just a poster. It’s just a poster. Posters can’t harm you. At least, in theory.

Check out the spookeriffic poster for producer Guillermo Del Toro‘s Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark below. Those hands under the stairs are the movie itself, grasping to reach the surface after getting locked into a film basement, following the sale of Miramax. Now it’s finally escaping into theaters, specifically to grab you by the ankles, on August 26, 2011. Though the poster says the 12th, but that’s just a trick meant to confuse and frighten you.

Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark follows the story of a young girl who has to live with her father and his new girlfriend, because her mom abandoned her. There’s nothing scarier for kids than the thought of a parent abandoning them… other than evil night goblins. Night goblins is a close #2. Curse you, night goblins. Terrorizing our nation’s children broken home children.

Guy Pearce and Katie Holmes star in the film, directed by Troy Nixey. (Fangoria)

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Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark’ Trailer http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/guillermo-del-toros-dont-be-afraid-of-the-dark-trailer/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/guillermo-del-toros-dont-be-afraid-of-the-dark-trailer/#comments Tue, 03 Aug 2010 16:40:39 +0000 Defy Media Here comes the tickle monster! Miramax has released the trailer for Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, a horror film remake written and co-produced by scare guru Guillermo del Toro. I saw this first at Comic-Con (don't be jealous, it doesn't suit you), and I'll admit, the last part made me jump in my seat. But I'm still totally 100% man. They also screened a clip that dealt with teeth and a hammer. Use your imagination. Nope, it was still cooler than that. Don't Be Afraid of the Dark centers on a young girl who is sent to live with her father and his new girlfriend, and if that wasn't bad enough, she discovers creatures in her new home who want to claim her as one of their own. It's not to be confused with the old Nickelodeon show "Are You Afraid of the Dark?" even though I'm sure you can find almost the exact story in the archives. Don't Be Afraid of the Dark hits theaters January 21, 2011. Check out the trailer after the jump...

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Here comes the tickle monster!

Miramax has released the trailer for Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, a horror film remake written and co-produced by scare guru Guillermo del Toro. I saw this first at Comic-Con (don’t be jealous, it doesn’t suit you), and I’ll admit, the last part made me jump in my seat. But I’m still totally 100% man. They also screened a clip that dealt with teeth and a hammer. Use your imagination. Nope, it was still cooler than that.

Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark centers on a young girl who is sent to live with her father and his new girlfriend, and if that wasn’t bad enough, she discovers creatures in her new home who want to claim her as one of their own. It’s not to be confused with the old Nickelodeon show “Are You Afraid of the Dark?” even though I’m sure you can find almost the exact story in the archives.

Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark hits theaters January 21, 2011.

Check out the trailer after the jump…

 


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DON’T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/dont-be-afraid-of-the-dark/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/dont-be-afraid-of-the-dark/#comments Tue, 03 Aug 2010 16:13:45 +0000 Defy Media Director: Troy Nixey Cast: Guy Pearce, Katie Holmes Synopsis: A young girl sent to live with her father and his new girlfriend discovers creatures in her new home who want to claim her as one of their own. Release Date: January 21, 2011

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Director: Troy Nixey

Cast: Guy Pearce, Katie Holmes

Synopsis: A young girl sent to live with her father and his new girlfriend discovers creatures in her new home who want to claim her as one of their own.

Release Date: January 21, 2011

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Disney to Unearth Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/disney-to-unearth-guillermo-del-toros-dont-be-afraid-of-the-dark/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/disney-to-unearth-guillermo-del-toros-dont-be-afraid-of-the-dark/#comments Tue, 29 Jun 2010 16:57:31 +0000 Defy Media When the plug was pulled on Miramax last year, a few films were sent to the dreaded Disney Vault with little hope of every seeing the light of day. But there is good news for horror fans today.  Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, the Guillermo del Toro-penned and Troy Nixey-directed R-rated remake of the 70's TV movie classic, will break free from its imprisonment. No longer will it be forced to pay protection money to such D-Vault tough-asses as Tinker Bell and the Fairy Prince and Tigger's Eighth Movie.The remake stars Guy Pearce and Katie Holmes as a couple who are placed at risk when Pearce's daughter accidentally unleashes malevolent creatures in the old mansion they've just moved into. Given the R-rating and del Toro's involvement, this could shape up to be pretty creepy. Though I'm sure Mike Tyson left things far scarier behind when he abandoned his mansion. (EW)

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When the plug was pulled on Miramax last year, a few films were sent to the dreaded Disney Vault with little hope of every seeing the light of day. But there is good news for horror fans today.  Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, the Guillermo del Toro-penned and Troy Nixey-directed R-rated remake of the 70′s TV movie classic, will break free from its imprisonment. No longer will it be forced to pay protection money to such D-Vault tough-asses as Tinker Bell and the Fairy Prince and Tigger’s Eighth Movie.

The remake stars Guy Pearce and Katie Holmes as a couple who are placed at risk when Pearce’s daughter accidentally unleashes malevolent creatures in the old mansion they’ve just moved into. Given the R-rating and del Toro’s involvement, this could shape up to be pretty creepy. Though I’m sure Mike Tyson left things far scarier behind when he abandoned his mansion. (EW)

 

 

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