I watched Don't Be Afraid of the Dark in the dark of Halloween, in a room with a bunch of buddies, and though it wasn't directly scary it did have it's moments! It's dark and eerie and atmospheric, but it's the characters and the stylishly haunting locales that contribute most to the almost Silent-Hillish mood that permeates most of the screen time.
The sceneries are beautiful, and I appreciate the fact that it's not all darkness. Even with twilight, even with light, there's always the element of the unknown hiding just beyond that place where light can't reach. Bailee Madison plays a little girl, the main character, and maybe a little girl as main character might not sound as the most promising premises for an (adult?) horror movie, but it worked well! Watching a horror movie without either a tough guy or young attractive female in the lead role was refreshing, and as a little girl the main character faced other types of obstacles than a grown-up would, constantly being misunderstood or disbelieved, not having the power to make a difference, restricted by relations and rules on an entirely different level than an individual of age would. And those little fairies were pretty creepy, even if everything was a lot creepier before they showed themselves.
But apart from plot and that imminent air of fear, which really gears me up was that hairy lair! The architecture of that place! The way the light falls in through the grand window in the foyer... it was beautiful. The house and surrounding greenery plays such an important part in building up the atmosphere here. The scenes are serene. The contrast between the buildings beauty and the ugly creatures that inhabit it is but one little benefit of it's grandeur. Great watch.
rated 4/5: fo shizzle