Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Micro Review: Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)

The first real epic fail by Guillermo del Toro, who co-wrote and produced this remake of the early 1970s TV movie of the same name. Working in the film's favour is a great, moody visual style care of director Troy Nixey and a suitably creepy back story. There's also boat loads of potential for one shorts shitting moment after another, but few actually come to fruition. A big part of the problem is we known right off the bat who the antagonists are and, let's face, little rat creatures just aren't that scary. Why it takes the stupid humans almost 90 minutes to realize that crushing them works is beyond me. Good cast and crew, but the film rates a Bad. If it hadn't been so damn pretty it could have been an Ugly.

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