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Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011) Movie Information

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Overall Rank:

6202

Avg. Rating:

2.44/4

# of Ratings:

63

Genres:

Horror, Thriller

Rating:

R

Language:

English

Theater Date:

08/26/2011

DVD Release:

01/03/2012

Director:

Troy Nixey

Actors:

Katie Holmes
Guy Pearce
Bailee Madison
Alan Dale
Julia Blake
Jack Thompson

 

 

 

 

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Plot Outline:

A lonely, withdrawn child has just arrived in Rhode Island to live with her father Alex (Guy Pearce) and his new girlfriend Kim (Katie Holmes) at the 19th-century mansion they are restoring. While exploring the sprawling estate, the young girl discovers a hidden basement, undisturbed since the strange disappearance of the mansion's builder a century ago. When Sally unwittingly lets loose a race of ancient, dark-dwelling creatures who conspire to drag her down into the mysterious house’s bottomless depths, she must convince Alex and Kim that it’s not a fantasy—before the evil lurking in the dark consumes them all

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worleyjamers 06/30/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Rating of
2/4 

Not my favorite film of 2011, nor one of my favorite horror films, but this is well done nonetheless. Pearce, Holmes, and young Madison carry the film nicely. Great musical score. The concept isn't that great or even remotely scary, but the film is well done.

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smokiediebear 08/30/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Rating of
3/4 

More of a nightmarish fairy tale for your kids to sleep in your bed at night. Dark tale of creatures tearing a family apart. Wonderful acting, great setting, and all around brilliant movie.

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Chris Kavan 05/07/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Rating of
2/4 

Despite the presence of Guillermo del Toro, this is a weak stab at horror - neither the characters, story nor creatures provide much to get excited about and in the end, this is just another in the long line of forgettable horror films I've seen.

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Hogan 04/19/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Rating of
3/4 

This was the perfect movie to rent for Friday the 13th. The creatures were a let down, i was waiting for them to be quite a bit more scary, but i will admit that there were a few places that made my skin crawl. 'Alex' needed to be a stronger character in my view, he just seem to stay in the background way too much. It being he daughter he should have played a bigger role and 'Kim' should have been more in the background. Makes me want to see the original and compare.

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Snoogans 08/27/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Rating of
2/4 

It's a well made movie that fails to deliver. At no point did I feel any tension, or suspense. I couldn't suspend enough disbelief, for the characters and situations, because they were tedious. I also disliked the creatures. It does have it's few moments, but it ultimately left me bored and frustrated.

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12/22/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Weak Remake

‘Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark’ [DBAD] is thriller remake from sophomore director, Troy Nixey. Also attached to this project as one of the principal writers is Guillermo del Toro (‘Hellboy’, ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’), who is as famous for projects he turned down (‘Chronicles of Narnia’, ‘I Am Legend’) as the ones he has participated in. DBAD was originally a 1973 made-for-TV movie starring Kim Darby (the original ‘True Grit’) and Jim Hutton (‘Ellery Queen’ TV series) In the earlier film, a couple (Darby and Hutton) inherit an old mansion that turns out to be inhabited by these small malevolent creatures that want to turn Darby into one of their own.

In del Toro’s version, he provides a prologue set in a similar mansion during the late 1800’s. We learn from this snippet that these creatures fe...

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