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A young girl sent to live with her father and his new girlfriend discovers creatures in her new home who want to claim her as one of their own.

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Emerson Blackwood
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Charles Jacoby
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Mrs. Underhill
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Storyline

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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Rated R for violence and terror | See all certifications »

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26 August 2011 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

Guillermo del Toro:  passenger on the plane behind Sally. See more »

Goofs

During the ending scenes when the family is fighting the "faeries" its supposedly night time during a thunderstorm, in the middle of the woods but there is clearly light shining through the stain glass window, along with other windows in the house. See more »

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Sally: They don't like bright lights, you know, those things.
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Kensington High
Written by Ted Nash
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A real missed opportunity
2 October 2011 | by (Lithuania) – See all my reviews

Well. Where to start?

This is a film that starts badly, and save two relatively well executed scenes, gets worse. If you have seen the original seventies TV movie you will be sorely disappointed. What made the original frightening was the bareness of the plot, the ordinariness of the location and the bleakness of the ending. All of these elements have been removed. The story is over written, the location of overly ornate, and the ending, although quite nasty, is not as disturbing as it should have been. Add to this the frankly deplorable CGI and iffy direction. Well...

The kid is good though (that's where the 4 points comes from)

Verdict: Don't be afraid of avoiding don't be afraid of the dark


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