Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark is a refreshing little haunted house tale about tiny creatures that try to kidnap Katie Holmes' stepdaughter so they can eat her bones and teeth. It is freaking great.
These are the little creatures. They’re simultaneously adorable and frightening. Mostly adorable. Especially when they use their little tools.
The main issue I had with this film is that it shows the creatures too soon and too often. They don’t lurk in the shadows as much as they should, especially since they’re repelled by sunlight. They also don’t do a lot of killing, leaving the middle of the film sagging under long stretches of non-suspense.
My other issue with the film is the fact that the male lead (Guy Pearce) is that character in haunted house movies who doesn’t believe anything is wrong, and really drags his feet before deciding to flee. Now, that type of character is always insufferable, but in this case, he’s almost retarded in his lack of comprehension. Get your family out of that freaking house! You have photo evidence! Just go. And yet, he doesn’t. And poor Katie Holmes pays the price.
By losing Midichlorian points, or whatever Scientologists believe in.
Whatever its faults, though, this film is a charming little throwback to horror movies of yore. Prepare to laugh and jump and silently curse Guy Pearce. It’s a roller coaster.