I think an all-consuming hatred for movie remakes is part of growing old and crotchety.
Hey, you damn kids, stop screwin’ around!
Is it possible that I can be so cranky as to growl about a remake of a movie I haven’t ever seen? Sure, just a little. It’s due primarily to the pile-up of ridiculosity that Hollywood seems to breed like gremlins. It’s Them. They made me this way!
Today I stumbled across a teaser trailer for Guillermo del Toro’s new take on Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark (scheduled for Jan 2011 release). The original 1973 made-for-TV movie seems to be fairly well liked. I’ll have to find it and give it a look. Kim Darby (you may know her from such films as Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers and Better Off Dead) played the role of Sally, a woman that unleashes some tiny, nasty hellions during a rehab of her home. As you would expect, hijinks ensue.
In the new version, Sally is played by 10-year-old Bailee Madison, who I vaguely recalling not mucking anything up in Bridge to Terabithia (yes, I watched that on purpose). It seems like del Toro is creating a whole dank and dirty fairyland in his version and his reverence for the original material gives me some hope. The film received an R-rating for being exceptionally scary. That has to be a good thing.
Del Toro has been involved in some good films (Cronicas, Pan’s Labyrinth, The Devil’s Backbone, The Orphanage) so there is always a possibility this could be entertaining. However, with a first-time director (Troy Nixey) and the tendency to overdo the shock and awe, it might end up falling flat.
It has been described as “an upscale creature feature” by Variety. If it’s half as inventive in that realm as we saw from the Hellboy movies and Pan’s Labyrinth, then the creatures could make the whole thing for me.
I simply can’t resist little, angry creatures. They’re in your closet, under your bed, coming down the chimney…
They got grubby little fingers
And dirty little minds
They’re gonna get you every time*
I still think fondly of those little, menacing bastards in The Gate.