Entries in Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (3)


Hurricane Irene Puts Damper on Box Office, 'The Help' Finishes Top

Comstock Images/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- Hurricane Irene battered the north eastern part of the U.S. over the weekend, and in the process also dealt a blow to the box office numbers, as movie lovers were forced to stay indoors.

The Help managed to top the weekend box office numbers, garnering and estimated $14.3 million in its third week.

Coming in second, was Columbiana, which opened with an estimated take of $10.3 million.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes ($9 million), Don't Be Afraid of the Dark ($8.7 million) and Our Idiot Brother ($6.6 million) round out the weekend's top five at the box office, in that order.

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'Colombiana,' 'Our Idiot Brother,' 'Don't Be Afraid of the Dark' Open Friday

Comstock Images/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here's a look at the new movies opening nationwide Friday:

-- Colombiana: Avatar actress Zoe Saldana plays an assassin seeking revenge against the mobster who murdered her parents when she was a child.  Rated PG-13.

-- Our Idiot Brother: Paul Rudd's Ned is a slacker who interferes with his three sisters' lives after his girlfriend breaks up with him.  Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel, Emily Mortimer, and Rashida Jones also star.  Rated R.

-- Don't Be Afraid of the Dark: A young girl discovers a portal to some hellish monsters while exploring her father's new mansion.  Katie Holmes, Guy Pearce and Bailee Madison star in this Guillermo del Toro-produced horror flick.  Rated R.

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Movie Review: 'Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark'

Steve Granitz/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Real life can be scary enough, so if you’re going to make a scary movie, you better bring it -- especially if it's a remake, or “reimagining,” as Hollywood likes to say.  No such luck here.

Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, a remake of the cult 1973 TV movie of the same name, is about as scary as a bunny rabbit making out with a sunflower. The only person who really deserves credit here is young Bailee Madison, a fantastic little actress who improves with every movie she’s in.  Unfortunately, a dumb script does her and the rest of the cast an incredible disservice.

Sure, there is an outside chance you will find the antagonists in Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark scary.  The whispering little creatures are a cross between the critter from the Alien parody in Spaceballs and the subject in Edvard Munch's painting “The Scream” -- just picture the mask the bad guy wears in the movie Scream.   However, you have to develop empathy for the good guys to really fear for them, and neither Guy Pierce nor Katie Holmes, through no fault of their own, win sympathy points here.

Guillermo del Toro, the genius behind Pan's Labyrinth, co-wrote and produced this film, which makes the final result even more disappointing.  The film seems to showcase a complete lack of understanding of human behavior.  Nothing in Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark rings true.  That may sound like every other horror movie Hollywood churns out but many of them are still capable of consistently executing horror movie clichés well enough to scare us.  Again, no such luck here.

One-and-a-half out of five stars.

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