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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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Garry McDonald ...
Emerson Blackwood
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Charles Jacoby
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Mrs. Underhill
Bruce Gleeson ...
Buggy Driver
Eddie Ritchard ...
Housekeeper (as Edwina Ritchard)
Carolyn Shakespeare-Allen ...
Airport Cart Driver
David Tocci ...
Workman
Lance Drisdale ...
Policeman
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Psychiatrist
Libby Gott ...
Nurse
James Mackay ...
Librarian
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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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No temas a la oscuridad  »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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$24,042,490 (USA) (11 November 2011)
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There are two early hints of the fairy connection. When Sally finds the secret garden, she walks through a circle of mushrooms- - a fairy ring. Also, the housekeeper's name is Mrs. Underhill. Underhill is one of the names of where fairy folk come from. See more »

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When Harris pulls Sally through the toadstool ring, their feet are clearly shown stomping the mushrooms, yet in the next shot, the ring is intact behind them. See more »

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