Tuesday, August 16, 2011
There is something inherently sinister and primal about the morality and ideas behind producer Guillermo Del Toro's (Pan's Labyrinth, The Devil's Backbone) newest film Don't Be Afraid of the Dark. The title of the film is meant to echo the sentiment of an adult putting a child to sleep with a reassuring and well-worn goodbye. As frightening as the night might be, rest assured there is nothing there.
However, in Don't Be Afraid of the Dark there is something there and not just some"thing" but some"things." The success of Don't Be Afraid of the Dark lies in whether or not the film can successfully transport the audience back to their childhood; back to a time where the unsympathetic world of adulthood couldn't understand the fears of a child.