Don't Be Afraid of the Dark Movie Information

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Overall Rank: 9588

Average Rating: 2.4/4

# of Ratings: 69

Theatrical Release Date: 08/26/2011

Blu-ray/DVD Release Date: 01/03/2012

Language: English

Genre: Horror, Thriller

MPAA Rating: R

Director: Troy Nixey

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

Plot: A lonely, withdrawn child has just arrived in Rhode Island to live with her father Alex (Guy Pearce) and his new girlfriend Kim (Katie Holmes) at the 19th-century mansion they are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 - wrote on 06/30/2013

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 - wrote on 08/31/2012

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 - wrote on 05/07/2012

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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Weak Remake

MovieMike - wrote on 12/22/2011

‘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 …

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