Movie Review: Be Afraid (2017)

Synopsis: A short while after moving to a small Pennsylvania town with his family, a doctor and his young son begin experiencing sleep paralysis and nightmares involving strange entities that can only be seen out of the corner of your eye. He eventually realizes the entities are real and his family isn't the only one that has been terrorized by them.

Who's in it? The movie stars Brian Krause, Jaimi Paige, Jared Abrahamson, Louis Herthum, Michael Leone and Michelle Hurd.

Review: I came across this movie on Netflix last night and, thinking it sounded somewhat interesting, decided to watch it with my wife. Unfortunately, this one turned out to be a waste of time.

The overall premise of the movie had some potential. In particular, I liked the part about the sleep paralysis because it added something that was somewhat unique. Not only are the entities somewhat creepy, their ability to keep their intended victims from being able to move is a power that makes them even more deadly. Plus, since the symptoms of sleep paralysis include hallucinations, there is no way for the victims to prove what they saw.

There are two major issues with this film. The first (and a somewhat important one) is the movie is somewhat dull. At least until near the very end, the creatures don't do much more than make an appearance and draw the younger son (Leone) into the woods. It seemed like an eternity before anything of any importance finally started to happen.

The other problem I had with this movie is it seemed a bit incomplete. There is no effort made to explain what the creatures were or the significance of the abandoned railway tunnel they appeared to live in. I'm also a bit confused about how much the town's citizens knew about them.

It was pretty obvious, from the beginning, the police chief (Herthum) knew about the creatures. But, the movie also made it seem as though the rest of the town (or at least the majority of it) was in on the secret too. And, if that was the case, it made me wonder why they were willing to put up with the creatures instead of trying to stop them or, even better, simply move somewhere else. As a result, I felt as though there was a big chunk of the movie missing that would tie everything together.

Final Opinion: This was a movie with a lot of potential that wound up being a major disappointment. It was too dull to be scary and the filmmakers didn't even bother filling in the blanks about the monsters. I don't recommend watching it.

My Grade: D


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