Don’t let the presence of Katie Holmes fool you: Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark has a lot more going for it than you might think. Despite Holmes, who seems like a very nice person with a very fucked up life, but who is also simply a pretty bland and uninteresting actress, the film may well be a bit of a gem.
The story ain’t exactly breaking new ground: A couple and their child move into an old house with a scary history, and terrible things ensue. BUT: it co-stars Guy Pearce, who the world needs more of. It’s written by Guillermo Del Toro of Blade II, Hellboy and Pan’s Labyrinth fame, and Matthew Robbins. Robbins has a rather fascinating filmography — he wrote the screenplay for Del Toro’s as-yet unmade At The Mountains Of Madness, but he also wrote and directed 1987’s *batteries not included and 1981’s cult classic, Dragonslayer. It’s directed by first-time director Troy Nixey, who is most well-known as a comics illustrator, having worked on projects such as Mike Mignola’s Batman: The Doom that Came to Gotham and Batman: The Gasworks, as well as Neil Gaiman’s Only the End of the World Again.
So there’s a lot going on behind the scenes here.
Watch the trailer:
OK, so I didn’t see the little gremlin-y creatures coming, but I like the overall style. Hopefully, Holmes won’t be too distractingly dull. But the presence of Pearce makes it much more appealing.