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Lite’s Review Room – Weekend Movies: ‘Our Idiot Brother’ & ‘Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark’

Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark

Katie Holmes is back on the big screen and KRLD’s Julie Fisk has the review of this horror remake for you.

“Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark” is a remake of a 1973 TV movie. It stars Katie Holmes as a woman who moves into a house already inhabited by tiny demons. Poor Katie Holmes. Tom Cruise just can’t seem to find the right film to make her a Certified Movie Star. “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark” certainly won’t be that vehicle for Katie, because she’s completely upstaged by these THINGS that are living in her basement.  [photogallerylink id=52612 align=right]

We can thank Guillermo Del Torro for those. You might remember Guillermo & his wonderful yet grotesque creations in “Pan’s Labyrinth.” Well, he’s totally outdone himself this time, with something that resembles a dead fairy mixed with a rat. The best word I heard to describe them was ARRRGH!  They’re made even worse by the fact that they’re stalking children, in hopes of eating their teeth.

But do these awful things make “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark” a GOOD movie? I don’t know. It was hard to tell from my tightly coiled fetal position. Probably not, because it takes itself too seriously and has an over the top “scary movie” score.

Katie Holmes is convincing enough but Guy Pearce barely registers as her boyfriend. Plus, this movie leaves too many unanswered questions like “Why ARE these things in the basement,” or “Would an exterminator help?” That’s why I’m giving “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark” a C.

However, if you just want an excuse to squeeze your honey’s arm and get good, old-fashioned creeped out, then you’ll probably like it. But you’ll have a hard time forgetting those nasty things the next time you walk through a dark house.

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