Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark (2010) Film Review


Sally (Bailee Madison) is a creepy and annoying young girl who moves into a mysterious old Gothic mansion with her father, Alex (Guy Pearce) and his girlfriend, Kim (Katie Holmes). Alex is doing up the mansion when Sally discovers these fairy creatures that she initially thinks are good and ace but turn out to be scary.

This film was written by Guillermo del Toro and I guess I was fooled by my love of Pan’s Labyrinth into thinking this may be a beautiful, artistic film with some heart and stuff. And perhaps there is an attempt to have that heart, but it lost me. I found all the characters cold and I could not engage with them, I kept hoping the kid would be taken by these creatures and even Guy Pearce could not save it for me. What I enjoyed the most was playing ‘spot the Aussie actors’ – it was filmed in Melbourne, and there were a lot of familiar faces.