Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark Reviews

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August 25, 2011
While there are moments of eldritch atmosphere and a few pro forma jolts, nothing here justifies our attention, let alone the film's inexplicable R rating.
August 25, 2011
Joltingly graphic and atmospheric (Nixey and his crew at least know how to set up a few good shocks), Don't Be Afraid of the Dark fails to involve us in any meaningful way with its characters.
August 25, 2011
If you flinch at "boo," you'll find plenty to jump at here. Just don't expect striking originality, or even genuinely memorable eeriness.
August 25, 2011
The remake plays like a shallower, more clichéd variation on his masterpiece, Pan's Labyrinth, but its mix of gory effects and deliciously old-fashioned visuals make for a classy, scary horror show.
August 25, 2011
While the end of "Don't Be Afraid" is creepy, it's far from emotionally satisfying.
August 25, 2011
While director Nixey has talent, his indiscriminately roving camera tends to diffuse the tension, not heighten it.
August 25, 2011
Nixey does a nice job of creating a weird, menacing world.
August 25, 2011
Nixey steeps everything in a surfeit of atmosphere. It overflows. It suffuses every frame. It seeps off the screen and into the auditorium.
August 25, 2011
This is an above-average horror flick by any measure, nicely directed by del Toro protégé Troy Nixey in an atmospheric, unshowy style that recalls cheapo '70s cinema without mimicking it.
August 25, 2011
Though Nixey carries it across with some style, some intensity, and some graphic imagination, the whole isn't quite the sum of its somes.
August 25, 2011
This is a very good haunted house film. It milks our frustration deliciously.
August 24, 2011
It's a plodding, derivative gothic potboiler: The Shining meets Coraline, with a touch of Gremlins played (boringly) straight.
August 24, 2011
The new version of "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark" is entirely too literal, but it still manages to be a literally hair-raising piece of modern-style old school Gothic horror.
August 24, 2011
After announcing he was no longer directing The Hobbit, Mr. Del Toro sustained a blow to his post-Pan's Labyrinth armor, and this washout brings him one step closer to full career rupture.
August 23, 2011
If the grand finale isn't as resonantly scary as the original's, maybe that's just because, try though we might, we're no longer impressionable kids.
August 22, 2011
The tension del Toro and Nixey create promises much more than it delivers.
August 22, 2011
...the moviemakers are refurbishing an older, shabbier piece of workmanship -- and it's a welcome enough place to stay for a few hours.
June 27, 2011
A suspenseful yet markedly less insidious update.
June 27, 2011
A scary film where the scares peter out far too quickly.
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