Scaretober-Movie Review: Don’t be afraid of the dark (2011)

For the month of October I’ve dubbed it Scaretober in which I will be blogging every day in October. No, it’s not just random blogs in October but specifically scary movies movies. I’m definitely not one of those girls that enjoys scary movies by any means in fact this is a HUGE challenge for me since I’m such a wimp when it comes down to it. Some of the movies reviewed will be super scary and others will just be 90′s cheesy scary compared to today’s standards. There will be a few days during this month that I will be putting up more than one posts, because sometimes you can’t hold any awesome back when it comes to the blog.
Today’s movie is Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark
Bailee Madison in Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2010)

This movie is based of a tv show from the 1970s I believe. At the beginning of the movie Mr. Blackwood is in the basement of his home trying to get his son back after being taken and he is unsuccessful and dies in the process. Several years later a man named Alex along with his girlfriend decide to buy Blackwood Manor to fix it up to sell. Alex wins a custody battle in which he gets his daughter,Sally and she flies out to see him and meet Kim for the first time. Sally is distraught when she finds that she will be with her dad longer than she expected and begins to explore the Blackwood Manor property.  While exploring the property she discovers the basement, which has been sealed off for years. Alex and Kim are overjoyed that the basement has been uncovered and also discover works of Mr. Blackwood that were unpublished before now. Sally soon becomes fascinated with the basement and the furnace down there. She finds that there are creatures that live there and want to be friends with her. She tries to be friends with them until one day when she is discovered in the basement by the caretaker who tells her to go upstairs and then is beaten by the creatures that live in the basement. Kim begins to suspect that something is wrong with the house while Alex shows incredible disinterest toward his daughter and only seems to be concerned with restoring and selling the house. After that day with the caretake, Sally becomes afraid of the dark and refuses to sleep alone in her room. One night Sally is alone in her room and one of the creatures has crawled in her bed in an attempt to take her and Sally sees him and then shine the light on him scaring him and awakening her father in the process. Alex is convinced that his daughter is ill and brings in a psychologist to analyze her. The psychologist thinks that Sally has concocted an incredible imaginary world. Kim begins to believe Sally and goes in search of answers beginning with the caretaker. The caretaker who is still in the hospital leads her to a special collection of books on Blackwell at the library. Kim goes to look at the collection and the librarian who is helping her shows her the drawings Mr. Blackwell did at the end of his life and tells her stories about fairies from the netherworld and how they need sacrifices. The drawings Mr. Blackwood did match Sally’s description of the creatures she saw and what she has been drawing. Kim rushes to Blackwood Manor to get Sally out of the house that night and Alex insists on having the opening party for his guests. While Kim packs Sally’s things, Sally is downstairs at the party taking pictures with a polaroid camera. She manages to get a picture of the creature but she is unable to show Alex before the creatures trap her in the library. After getting Sally out of the library and finding Blackwood’s last mural in the basement of the house, Alex is convinced to leave Blackwood Manor that night. The fairies do everything possible to sabotage their leaving and nearly succeed in taking Sally. Kim saves Sally right before she is taken by the fairies herself. The last scenes in the movie is Alex and Sally returning to Blackwood Manor for one final visit in which Sally leaves a picture of her and Kim. The picture is then sucked down to the furnace in the basement and you can hear Kim’s voice telling the fairies that they have all the time in the world to live and wait for another victim.

I thought that this movie was intensely scary and had to stop it several times to calm myself. I had never seen the original tv show, so I can’t tell you how it compares. I suppose that we are all still a bit afraid of things that go bump in the night. I apologize that this review isn’t more extensive. I should say that this will be my last actual post in October for Scaretober. I have a few scheduled post that will go up in the beginning of November, but that’s it. I may do this again next year depending on the circumstances. I hope that you have enjoyed all the posts in Scaretober!

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