Film: Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark; Cast: Katie Holmes, Guy Pearce, Bailee Madison; Director: Troy Nixey; Rating: ***1/2
There's a difference between horror and gore. Different types of films can be gory, including horror ones. However, horror films need not be gory. Indeed, films of the past relied more on scaring viewers by what lies hidden in the dark, rather than gore.
The equation today has changed with most horror films trying to accentuate the fear element by excessive gore without often realising they end up doing just the opposite.
It is hence indeed a delight in such times, to find a film being made that is very traditional in its horror, yet managing to give you the creeps.
Architect Alex Hurst (Guy Pearce) and his girlfriend Kim (Katie Holmes) restore old, dilapidated mansions. They are restoring a gothic house when Alex's daughter Sally (Bailee Madisom) comes to stay with them.
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