RJ Does Movies! – Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)

Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark

Release Date: August 26th, 2011

Rated: R for violence and terror

Genre: Horror | Thriller

Run Time: 99 minutes

Studio: Miramax | Gran Via

Directed by: Troy Nixey

Starring: Katie Holmes, Bailee Madison, Guy Pearce



Storyline: A young girl sent to live with her father and his new girlfriend discovers creatures in her new home who want to claim her as one of their own.

-Information provided via IMDB


Disclaimer: My review is written in my own personal opinion of the film.
Grade: B-

I am a HUGE Guillermo Del Toro fan, his films incorporate fascinating storylines and such visionary designs, cinematography, or creatures. While this film is not directed by him, he is the producer, and his “fingerprints” show up all over this film. It does incorporate these wonderful visions reminiscent of Del Toro’s work, but in the end, lacks the full story. There is no history that is given of the creatures, other than a sentence or two that is very vague. There is no reasoning for how they got there, why they do the things they do, or other things. There is many loose ends that weren’t wrapped up or rounded up well. While I admit, it was by far a DYNAMIC and a creative twist on the…

tooth fairy tale. The creatures were very freaky and I did enjoy it, but have to mark it down a few points for the things that were missing to complete the story that I wish had been there to further explain it a bit more. This was a familiar thing I saw in SUCKER PUNCH directed by Zack Snyder. Had it had those extra key things added, it would have been a fantastic movie!

RJ Gonzales

RJ Gonzales

RJ Gonzales is a born and raised Texan that unfortunately didn’t get the cool accent or sweet hat/boots. Aside from attending a local university to study Film and TV Production, he can be found nose-deep in a pile of YA books, or behind a screen writing some. He has a habit of picking up skills when bored; one of them being writing his biography in third person.