Trailer Tuesday: Don’t Be Afraid of The Dark

I’ve never seen the 1973 version of Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, and I’m not sure how the remake, due in theaters on January 21, 2011, is going to fare, but I do know this: the recently released, gimmicky, see-it-coming-a-mile-away trailer did, in fact, make my netherregions pucker something fierce. My loins went into turtle mode and my bum went to Defcon 1. Something about flashlights under blankets and creepy creatures crawling around in said blankets make me tense. And why shouldn’t it? This remake is written by Guillermo del Toro (and Matthew Robbins), who is no stranger to scaring the bejesus out of theatergoers over the last decade or so. Starring Guy Pearce (The Road) and Katie Holmes (Batman Begins), this movie ought to be a creepy little treat.

Take a peek at the trailer and let me know your impressions. Personally, while this could be decent, I’m banking on this doing poorly critically and financially. How many times have we been told the scary story of a family moving into a haunted house and the kids begin to see ghosts and goalies, while mom and dad are oblivious until it’s too late? Unless del Toro and first-time director Troy Nixey have something surprising and adept planned for movie patrons, this is going to sink. The January release days says as much.

Related posts

AMERICAN SNIPER Gets a Trailer and I Get Goosebumps

Bradley Cooper is one of the most talented actors working today. Period. He's was marvelous in SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK, amazing in AMERICAN HUSTLE and 100% hilarious as Rocket the Raccoon in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY. Now he's teamed with Clint Eastwood to bring the story of Chris Kyle - from his...

SNOWPIERCER Looks Amazing, But in Cache Valley we'll Get Three Helpings of Michael Bay

Look, I'm not so high-minded to thumb my nose at Michael Bay movies, as is the norm among my film critic brethren. His films are low on story and high on explosions and sexiness, and I'm okay with that. They don't pretend to be anything but loud, blockbustery fun. Still, even though I could be...

THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY - PART I Teased in President Snow's Icy Address to Panem

It makes me said to write the words "THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY - PART I," because it reminds me too much of writing "THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN - PART I." Nonetheless, I'd watch Jennifer Lawrence in THE HUNGER GAMES QUADRILOGY whilst being punched in the man parts by Jean-Claude Van...