karohemd: by LJ user gothindulgence (Phantasm)
As I now have Tuesdays free, I can finally use the Cheap Day offer at VUE properly and with a voucher from the previous week, a film in the evening only costs 2.95.

If you're looking for an entertaining, scary film to watch, I can only recommend Don't be Afraid of the Dark. It was produced and written by Guillermo del Toro and it shows. The style is beautiful and it's proper scary, too, not overly brutal and never graphic. The plot isn't exactly original (little girl moves with her dad and his girlfriend into an old spooky house and tries to make friends with the evil little critters locked in the basement but they want blood - and teeth - so things obviously turn nasty soon) but very well done indeed, especially considering it was a directorial debut. It's the kind of film where you start breathing again when the sun comes up on screen (until things happen during the day, too). The actress who plays the little girl is brilliant but I just wanted to punch Guy Pearce repeatedly but that could just have been the character.
I really really liked it and left the cinema with a big smile on my face so I don't quite understand the relatively low rating on imdb and Rotten Tomatoes. Yes, it covers pretty much all the clichés and tropes but because of the excellent visual style, the tight script and the generally excellent performances, I don't care and I'm not just saying that because I'm a Del Toro fanboy.
There was one continuity error that really annoyed me, though but I guess it's just one of those tropes like the guns that never run out of ammo.

From the trailers, only the The Thing prequel and The Awakening appealed, Dream House with Daniel Craig looked rubbish and so did The Darkest Hour, an alien invasion film with some sort of invisible aliens that feed on light/energy.

September 2017

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