Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark
Time Out says
After an arresting opening, in which the master of Blackwood House lures a housemaid to the dark basement and makes a macabre, ritualistic offering that brings a whole new meaning to the The Tooth Fairy myth, the action flashes forward a century to the present. The modern-day occupants of the house – architect Alex Hirst (Guy Pearce), his girlfriend Kim (Katie Holmes) and Alex’s young daughter from his failed marriage, Sally (Bailee Madison) – are drawn in turn to the secret places beneath its light and airy interiors.
The one major change from the ’70s film is that the protagonist, the architect’s wife in the original, is now a child, Sally. Arriving unexpectedly, as her busy and neglectful father’s renovation project nears its completion, the lonely Sally rejects his girlfriend’s friendly overtures and falls prey to the whispering voices of the skittering homunculi who call out to her in the dark, ‘Come and play with us, Sally.’ There is so much here that one admires, one wishes that there was more to love.