24. DON’T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK

Director: Troy Nixey
Stars: Katie Holmes, Guy Pearce, Bailee Madison
Release Date: August 13
Why we’re excited: Here’s one horror remake that we’re totally behind for a couple of reasons. One, the source material is an obscure 1973 made-for-TV movie, so there’s little attachment involved. And anyone who’s seen the original Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark knows that it’s a genuinely creepy little subversion of the old haunted house motif. The ’73 movie’s creature effects, however, don’t exactly convince today, so there’s ample room for improvement.

The second, and more important, exciting thing about Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark 2011 is that genre kingpin Guillermo del Toro co-wrote the script, which, in true Del Toro form, changes the spooked protagonist from middle-aged housewife to a little girl. Considering that both of the Mexican monster lover’s previous works of adolescent horror/fantasy, The Devil’s Backbone and Pan’s Labyrinth, were amazing, we’re hoping that Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark follows suit.

And tell us that the above trailer’s final shot didn’t make you jump higher than Derrick Rose. Our heads still hurt from hitting the ceiling.

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