Saturday, March 8, 2014

Don't Be Afraid of the Dark - Review - @BrandonCSites /#WarnerArchive

Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark (1973) ***
D: John Newland
C: Kim Darby, Jim Hutton, Barbara Anderson, William Demarest
P: A young couple moves into a fixer up, only to have the wife come under attack by a group of miniature monsters that can only come out in the dark. 

Sure the fashions, the looks and some of the attitudes present in Don't Be Afraid of the Dark are dated. However, it has a clever premise that plays up to the timeless issue of being afraid of the dark and of being afraid of monsters hiding in the closet or under the bed. That allows for the buildup of plenty of hair raising situations.

The setup and execution are pretty simple - find situations in which the film's protagonist has to either avoid being caught in the dark or having to do battle with these macabre little creatures as they lure her into some seriously scary situations, but the director pulls these scenes off skillfully resulting in a suspenseful film. [Not Rated] 74 mins.

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