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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 »


Kim ends up tangled in the ropes of the fairies and dragged down into the basement. This tragedy is a loose end. No police report is filed, no other characters are shown to react to this and the aftermath of this event is never built up on. This is because the creatures must take one life to replenish their numbers each time they come out. In the original movie, Kim is their target, to make her one of their own. The taking of Kim at the end of the movie and her speaking later on with the creatures implies that she was turned into one of them and is no longer human. This is idea is further encouraged by one of the creatures who seems to hold a resemblance to Blackwell who was also taken along with his son. See more »


Sally: They don't like bright lights, you know, those things.
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When You and I Were Young, Maggie
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Performed by John McCormack
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User Reviews

Not much need to be afraid of this remake
27 August 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Pros: beautiful scenery/sets, a few good jumps, and about 5-10 minutes of eerie atmosphere

Cons: not very scary, too much CGI'd gremlins, and a very predictable/slow plot

Conclusion: rent the original and skip this remake

The much anticipated, by me, remake of the 1973 made for TV movie of the same name left me feeling extremely disappointed. The plot was fairly simple. A young girl Sally (Bailee Madison) moves in with her father Alex (Guy Pearce) and his girlfriend Kim (Katie Holmes), into a house Alex and Kim are fixing up to sell. Soon upon arriving, adventurous Sally discovers the house has a basement and that the family is not alone. The basement's fireplace is inhabited by little CGI'd creatures that terrorize the family, especially Sally. The actors I felt all did an adequate job playing their parts, especially young Sally (Bailee Madison), who played a convincingly cynical little girl fed up with being 'sold' by her mother to live with her father. Overall the movie was very predictable and offered very few scary moments. The creatures from the original, people dressed in little goblin costumes, were sparingly showed. I think it was way more effective than the over-shown little gremlins in this movie, which looked to me like Chihuahuas that could speak. Save your money and skip this one!

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