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Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2010)

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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?


Katie Holmes and Abbe Holmes (who provides the voice of Sally's mother) have no relation to each other. See more »


The Polaroid camera used to scare off the monsters has a flash strip on top of it with 10 single use bulbs in it. Sally shoots off 2-3 dozen flashes on a device that is only capable of 10. The direction and location of the used, cloudy flashes changes from shot to shot as well. See more »


Sally: They don't like bright lights, you know, those things.
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A Lame Screenplay, Despite the Participation of Guillermo del Toro
18 February 2012 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In Rhode Island, the interior designers Alex (Guy Pearce) and his girlfriend Kim (Katie Holmes) welcome Alex's nine year daughter Sally (Bailee Madison) that was sent by her mother to live with Alex. The couple brings Sally to the manor of the painter Emerson Blackwood (Garry McDonald), who had disappeared with his son many years ago, and Alex has invested all his money in the mansion expecting to be promoted in his business with the restoration of the house.

Sally rejects Kim and feels lonely in the mansion and while walking on the real estate, she finds that the manor has a hidden basement. Alex's employee William Harris (Jack Thompson), who is a descendant of Blackwood, warns Sally to never go to the basement but the girl overhears voices in the ash pit calling her. However Sally brings a wrench and removes the bolts of the ash pit cover. Sooner Sally finds that evil creatures that fear the light have escaped from the underground through the ash pit and are threatening her. However, Alex and Kim believe that it is only her imagination.

"Don't Be Afraid of the Dark" is a remake of a 1973 film that I have never seen. The cinematography and the performance of the girl Bailee Madison are great. Unfortunately the lame screenplay has many plot holes and, for example, the disappearance of Kim and the weird events that the guests have witnessed have no consequence in the end of the story.

The DVD has interviews and behind stage footages and it is visible the interference of Guillermo del Toro in the direction. Unfortunately his participation is not enough to save this film. My vote is five.

Title (Brazil): "Não Tenha Medo do Escuro" ("Don't Be Afraid of the Dark")

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