Thursday, January 5, 2012

"Don't Be Afraid of the Dark" So Disappointing

Having a new little one in the house makes it difficult to get out the movies so I waited with anticipation for the remake of "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark" to come to pay per view. I was cautiously optimistic realizing that thus far, the new millennium hasn't lived up to my horror movie expectations. Imagine my disappointment when it was a thrill free flop! I asked myself how it could be possible that Hollywood has become incapable of scaring us? I think the answer may just be found in technology. Filmmakers are getting so consumed by their ability to use technology to make creatures and create special effects they forgot that what really scares us is not what we can see but what we can't see. It's the innuendo of impending danger, the subtle nuances of darkness, and the increasing resonance  of voices in that darkness that make the hairs on the backs of our necks stand on end. For horror to work, it needs to be credible. We need to have the ability to relate it back to things that have frightened us in real life and I don't think any of us have experienced an infestation of rats with human faces.  I'll keep searching for the next great horror film but I fear I may need to roundup a few diehard horror fans so we can make it ourselves!