Friday, September 2, 2011
Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (Release Date: 8-26-2011)
There are a lot of cliches at work within Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, a fact that never prevented this year's earlier Insidious from coaxing a scream or Two. But this time, the screenplay relies too heavily on the idiocy of its protagonists to move the plot along, which I understand is a stand-by method of the genre, but it still detracts for me. The eventual culprit at work within the movie is also a bit underwhelming when you finally get to see it/them for any sustained period of time, Thank god for Oliver Stapleton, who's cinematography is easily the best thing about the flick, employing darkness for contrast, and about a million different camera angles. Outside of his work, Don't Be Afraid of the Dark is just another horror movie, with occasional scares, and occasional eye-rolling. Welcome to September...