Guillermo Del Toro has helped create yet another suspenseful horror film.
Unlike his previous gothic thrillers such as “The Devil’s Backbone,” “Pan’s Labyrinth” and “Hellboy,” “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark” does a truly convincing job of playing on every child’s and probably some adult’s worst fear: coming face to face with odd creatures of the night.
Del Toro tries to take us on a spellbinding story of fear from a child’s perspective. At several junctures, we go from fearing the unknown to being confronted by goblins that hunger for children’s teeth.
“Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark” is directed by Troy Nixey and tells the tale of Sally (Bailee Madison), a young girl who comes to live with her father Alex (Guy Pearce) and his new girlfriend Kim (Katie Holmes).
Sally soon discovers a basement hidden behind a wall located underneath a dual staircase inside of the manor where the creatures live. Soon, they begin to terrorize her.
Overall, the acting was exceptional and the entire cast was truly a compliment to each other’s energy.
While watching this horror film, one can only tremble at the thought of the child’s teeth being pulled out and collected to be devoured by the frightening little creatures.
Viewers surely will find themselves watching the movie through their fingers and sitting on the edge of their seats and anticipating what’s going to pop out next.
The movie is rated R and while it may not be for everyone, it is very suspenseful.
The thrills are intense and leave you squirming in your seat, leaving thinking about the safest way out of the theater.