Don't be Afraid of the Dark
Or of this movie.
I donít know many geeks who arenít fans of Guillermo
del Toroís as writer, director or producer; he brings something unique
and brilliant to any project that he puts his mind to. I really liked
The Orphanage and Pansí Labyrinth was one of the most
imaginative films of the 00ís.
Del Toro wrote the screenplay for this adaptation but
itís hard to believe since itís full of clichťs and a frankly hackneyed
plot that is a mishmash of much better films. Itís true it is full of
Australian stars such as Guy Pierce and Jack Thompson but that does
nothing except make you shake your head slightly as you run through this
tedious and boring exercise.
Filmed in Australia means that we get some Aussie
talent being put through the ringer, Garry Mcdonald knocks his own teeth
out (good for me as I always hated Norman Gunston) and Jack Thompson
gets bitten a lot; although not in a sexy way and not by Garry Mcdonalds
This film is a remake of a 1973 tele-movie which is
reportedly very scary. Whilst this has some good elements like a lot of
horror movies one thing lets it down. The monster. Youíd think that of
all people Del Toro knows enough to keep the monster in the shadows. Oh
wait, the ending as well, the ending makes no sense. At all.
Audio: Sony really
know what they are doing when it comes to making a Blu-ray. The sound is
DTS Master HD 5.1 and even though the movie itself wasnít that creepy
the atmosphere that was generated was thanks to the great mix and
Video: Itís a great
transfer that makes the best of low light scenes and showing off the
brighter colors of the pallet that you would expect from a picture that
was associated with Del-Toro.
Don't Be Afraid of the Dark Documentary:
Separate features on the Creatures, the story and the mansion in the
film. Guillermo del Toro, cast and crew talk about why and how they made
the film. Brevity is the soul of whit and these special features