10 horror movie remakes done right
Don't Be Afraid of the Dark' (2011)
In a rare feat among remakes, "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark" is actually superior to its inspiration - a 1973 made-for-TV movie about murderous pint-sized goblins who stalk a young couple in their suburban home. With the benefit of increased production values, first-time feature director Troy Nixey creates an impressively-realized gothic atmosphere, wringing classic horror-movie chills from the stately setting (a dilapidated 19th century mansion) and Oliver Stapleton's elegant cinematography. That's not to mention the film's miniature baddies, whose smallness in stature is compensated for by a truly nasty disposition as they terrorize a young girl (Bailee Madison) who has relocated to the historic estate with her father (Guy Pearce) and his new young wife (Katie Holmes). This Guillermo del Toro-produced gem sadly came and went in theaters with little fanfare, though it's not too late to seek it out on DVD/Blu-ray. Genre fans, take note.
- Chris Eggertsen