Don't Be Afraid of the Dark trailer
Presented by Guillermo del Toro doesn't always mean a lot but you can be assured of a spooky ride and some cool effects, and all are far too apparent in the trailer for Don't Be Afraid of the Dark starring the excellent Guy Pearce and Katie Holmes.
The film was directed by Troy Nixey and is a remake of a 1973 film for television. It tells the story of a young girl who is sent to live with her father and his new girlfriend in their new home. However there's something scary about the house and soon she discovers that there are creatures there who want to claim her as their own.
It's a common thread we're seeing with Guillermo del Toro associated films, and one that reminds me of the excellent Coraline (Filmstalker review), but that shouldn't put you off. What perhaps might are the annoying standard tricks employed in the trailer that do become slightly irritating all too quickly.
The briefest glimpses of scenes which are faded in and out at high speed, the sudden volume increase in sound effects and music from a whisper to heighten the scare, and the anticipation moments of "look we're going to show you something" followed by a full frame reveal. It is getting a little old?