Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark
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Kim visits Harris in the hospital, who tells her to find the unpublished artwork of Lord Blackwood in the local library. The artwork is of a creature the librarian describes as being like tooth fairies, which sometimes turn a human into one of their own. Sally is attacked again by the creatures, the leader being a transformed Lord Blackwood. Kim finds an undiscovered mural painted by Blackwood, depicting his son being taken by the creatures. Sally is trapped in the library by the creatures, but fends them off using her camera flash since they are afraid of the light. She also manages to kill one of them.
Sally Farnham and her husband Alex inherit an old mansion from Sally's recently deceased grandmother. Shortly after moving in, she discovers a bricked-up fireplace in the basement den. The estate's handyman, Mr. Harris, tells her that Sally's grandmother had him seal it up after her grandfather died and that it is better to leave it the way it is. After he leaves for the day, she uses some of Harris' tools to try to remove the bricks herself. She fails, but is able to pry open a small side door used for removing fireplace ashes. Inside is not a fireplace at all but a large, dark, deep sub-basement. As Sally leaves the den, several whispering voices call her name from behind the fireplace, proclaiming that \"She set us free.\"
The following day, Alex goes away on business and Sally arranges to go and stay with her friend Joan. Before she goes, the creatures attempt to trip Sally down a flight of stairs, but they accidentally cause the death of her interior decorator instead. Sally tries to confront the creatures and asks them what they want, and they reply they want her spirit. Whoever frees them (as Sally did by opening the fireplace) must become one of them. Sally's doctor prescribes sedatives and her friend Joan stays with her. Joan begins to believe Sally's story. Alex remains unconvinced. He leaves to meet their handyman regarding the history of the house and the fireplace. Sally tries to stay awake but the creatures put sedatives into her coffee and cut the electricity. They lock Joan outside when she checks the circuit breaker. Sally manages to walk downstairs, but the creatures trip her in the dark. While she is semi-conscious, they drag her into the basement den and into the unsealed fireplace.
Haunted house movies are driven by the things that reside in the dark corners, both of the house and of our minds. The moody mansion of Don't Be Afraid of the Dark has plenty of those corners, and plenty of sharp-toothed beasties that lurk in them. Their target is a withdrawn little girl, Sally (Bailee Madison), who has just been sent to live with her father, Alex (Guy Pearce), and his girlfriend, Kim (Katie Homes). He's an architect, she's an interior designer, and they're restoring the old Blackwood mansion in the hopes of getting on the cover of Architectural Digest. But when they open up a hidden basement, they accidentally unleash the forces that did in the previous owner and his family decades earlier.
These heightened production values and a much more sinister sense of dread throughout are significant improvements on the original, without completely abandoning the classical horror tone. Nixey shows a knack for using inky darkness and gloomy shadows to great effect. It's a shame that he undermines that by resorting to cheaper gotcha-style scares too often, then lays all of his cards on the table by displaying the creatures so prominently.
The unknown is always the most frightening thing in any great horror movie; the dark is exactly where the things we're afraid of have to live. Shining a light on the monsters of this movie literally sends them running; unfortunately, the filmmakers also banish the film's scares with too much illumination.
It starts when Sally and her husband Alex inherited the mansion from her recently deceased grandmother shortly after she discovered a fireplace whom her grandmother put sealed for secret. Long time ago, Homunculi were released after Sally's grandparents had it opened, and one day Mrs. Bennett heard her husband scream as he was down in the room with the fireplace. But his body was never found and the gardner seals the entrance to prevent further incidents. When Sally, against the advice of the gardener who sealed the fireplace and her better judgment, opens the passage herself and what revealed thereafter was not a fireplace at all but a large, dark, deep sub-basement. As Sally leaves the den, several whispering voices are heard coming from behind the fireplace, calling her name, and proclaiming that \"she set us free\".
Later Sally become haunted by dark, goblin-like creatures which caused her husband and friends to worry about her health or did not believe her. Her clueless husband definitely does not help Sally's predicament at all. After streaks of stalking, torments, and one murder Homunculi, in a stroke of a strategist, managed to lock her alone and isolating out Sally's friend assigned to watch over her, putting sleeping pills in her coffee and severing electricity (Homunculi fear bright lights) in the room. Ultimately, Sally was taken by the goblins into the basement's fireplace. As it turns out, Sally somehow became one of the creatures, as her voice was heard telling the others to wait for their next victims.
8 year-old Sally's parents were divorced and her mother sent her to live with her father and his girlfriend Kim. While playing outside, Sally notices a basement window in garden, revealing a sealed basement. Harris, one of the workers who knows about the house's dark past warned the family against opening it, specifically stating \"Its not safe for children.\"
Sally becomes hunted by the Homunculi. Her father does not believe her stories about them and worries about her health while Kim tried her best to be a good mother but the Homunculi framed Sally for ripping Kim's dress. Harris attempted to reseal the ashpit but was attacked and hospitalized. Harris later attempted to tell Kim about the houses dark secret and directed her to the library.
The Homunculi attempt to take Sally, but she is rescued by Kim. Homunculi then simply alter their plan of kidnapping Sally and take Kim down the ashpit instead. Sally breaks into tears and kills the Homunculi leader (formerly Lord Blackwood) in her rage. A few days later Alex and Sally visit the home, now in foreclosure, and Sally leaves a drawing for Kim. Kim has become a Homunculus as her own voice speaks with an echoing sinister tone among the voices of the demonic fairies that forever lurk and hide in the dark.
In this story, Connie Caban uses animated characters to dispel fear of the dark. Sophie Star, Manny Moon, and Ebony Sky bring comfort to Jared, who is afraid of the dark and doesn't want to go to bed. She is a retired registered nurse. She lives in Florida with her husband, Ruben, and three adult sons. Her inspiration for writing children's stories is driven by her personal experience while raising her family.
The main point here is probably \"curiosity killed the cat\" (or \"don't go in the basement\"). But a little girl does learn to open herself up -- she starts out sad and shy and ends up stronger ... though it takes a horrifying experience and a terrible loss to get to that point.
Winter and Oz are at odds, as he feels she represented him as a liar about the death of the Changs and his experiences, and she engages in the \"pinky ritual\" she did with Kai earlier to free him of his fear. In the aftermath, Winter takes him to meet the new neighbors. In a panic of the unknown, Ivy and Ally run to catch him, finding him completely happy and safe in their back yard. Initially afraid, they warm slightly to the brutally honest new neighbors, who practice beekeeping. Harrison excitedly talks about the hive, and how it operates to a fascinated Oz.
When the family returns home, Ally and Ivy discuss their suspicions and doubts. Oz is afraid to sleep alone. Ivy receives an alert on her phone that the security alarm at the restaurant has been triggered. Ally volunteers to check it out. Inside she hears a suspicious noise and tracks it to the meat locker, where she finds the kitchen manager hanging from a meat hook.
Children are most often afraid of the dark starting at around the age of about 2 through the preschool years, although it can appear in older children as well. A fear of the dark usually lasts for a few weeks to a few months.
Instead, let your child talk about her dread (\"Tell me what's scaring you\") without denying her feelings (don't say: \"Big girls aren't afraid of the dark\"). Be reassuring (\"I'll be close by if you need me\") without making too much of the fear or overdoing the attention.
Heads up: Teasing or employing logic (\"See, your room looks the same with the lights turned on or off\") can have the opposite effect. These tactics may make her more fearful because she'll think you don't understand the danger she believes is very real.
The Homunculi are a race of small, demonic beings which come from the netherworld. They seem quite scrawny and hideous in appearance, while these creatures even lurk within darkness and inhabit the house previously owned by Emerson Blackwood. They are able to speak in whispering voices, are driven away by bright lights and crave for human teeth, specifically deciduous teeth from children.
The Homunculi predate mankind, and have lived, since the dawn of their existence, deep within the dark caverns of the netherworld, dwelling amongst the roots of the trees. They are dark forces of a nature that must destroy in order to create, hence taking one human life every time that they emerge in order to replendish their ranks. Many of them feed on the bones, namely the teeth, of young children. 59ce067264