Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Fear of the Dark (2002)

Director: K.C. Bascombe
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 86 min.
Score: 5 out of 10

Twelve-year old Ryan Billings (James) is afraid of the dark, but not in the way that most children are afraid.  He lies awake at night terrified, waiting for the evil that he knows lurks in every shadow and every dark room.  His older brother Dale (Zegers) doesn't believe him and thinks that Ryan is just making it up to get attention... that is until their parents leave them home alone for the evening and Dale quickly discovers that Ryan's terror is for real and with good reason.  There is an evil in the dark that is feeding off their fear and it now it wants them both.

For what is essentially a pretty stock "things going bump in the dark" horror movie it presented some really solid scares that actually made a jaded horror buff like me come out of my seat.  The initial set up of the story and first few scares were done really well and gave me high hopes that the overall tone of the movie would carried right through to the end.  Sadly after about 45 minutes things started to fall apart and the film went from scary and creepy to just plain silly and overblown.  Unfortunately the ending was stupid... REALLY stupid. Thankfully once it got stupid there was only 12 minutes left until the end.

I have to say that for horror fans like myself this one is worth a watch.  Just don't be surprised when the wheels fall off the wagon.  Though I think we terror-fiends are used to that by now.

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