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Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2010)

R  |   |  Fantasy, Horror, Thriller  |  26 August 2011 (USA)
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A young girl sent to live with her father and his new girlfriend believes that she has released creatures from a sealed ash pit in the basement of her new home.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Garry McDonald ...
Emerson Blackwood
Charles Jacoby
Mrs. Underhill
Bruce Gleeson ...
Buggy Driver
Eddie Ritchard ...
Housekeeper (as Edwina Ritchard)
Carolyn Shakespeare-Allen ...
Airport Cart Driver
David Tocci ...
Lance Drisdale ...
Libby Gott ...


A young girl is sent to live with her estranged father and his girlfriend at their new home. The father, Alex has plans to spruce up the home with the help of his interior decorator girlfriend, Kim. The previous owner of the home was a famous painter who mysteriously disappeared. Alex's daughter, Sally, soon discovers the cause of the painter's disappearance. Written by Jeff Mellinger

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and terror | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

26 August 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

No temas a la oscuridad  »

Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$8,525,728 (USA) (26 August 2011)


$24,042,490 (USA) (11 November 2011)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The runes carved into the stone over the furnace that the creatures live down spells out "Be Afraid" in Elder Futhark. See more »


Near the end of the movie (1.27:30-1.27:32) the slide track can be seen under Sally's head. See more »


Sally: They don't like bright lights, you know, those things.
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User Reviews

All beauty and no brains
3 September 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The scenery of the film is breath-taking. The house is exquisite, and as always, del Toro does an immaculate job creating an ominous and foreboding mood. The scares in this movie are well thought out and are not the cheap thrills Hollywood has come to depend on, and the film did a good job building momentum.

However, that being said, the plot and its lack of logicality stop the film dead in its tracks. The stupidity of the film goes beyond the typical, "No, don't go in there!" that one typically expects in a horror film. The ridiculousness of the characters' actions makes this film frustrating and near impossible to appreciate.

I saw this film because I love "haunted house" films, I'm an old Katie Holmes fan from her Dawson's Creek Days, and I think Bailee Madison is adorable, and therefore, I'm awarding one point for each redeeming quality in the movie - 1) awesome scenery, 2) Katie Holmes, and 3) Bailee Madison.

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