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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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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1.85 : 1
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The runes carved into the stone over the furnace that the creatures live down spells out "Be Afraid" in Elder Futhark. See more »


It is established that the creatures recoil in pain to any light no matter how dim yet they are somehow able to stalk Sally in the dinner party scene in a fully lit room. See more »


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

Ridiculous and empty
11 February 2012 | by (Detroit, MI) – See all my reviews

The mere setting of this movie garnered me more unease than the so-called story line! Although the acting was truly uninspired and unconvincing, the dialog and lack of any sort realistic response to being confronted by the supernatural evil in the estate was the final straw. What infuriated me even more was the fact that the 1973 original of the same title did a masterful job of exploiting the eerie atmosphere and mystique of the "fairies". They were MUCH too visible in this flop. Another failure in the film is the glaring inconsistencies as it relates to the creatures fear of bright light and selective targeting of victims (see: the groundskeeper). There are SO many points in the movie where proof would be evident, but is apparently and blindly over looked. This movie insults anyone with any shred of common sense (like the grounds keeper's facial wounds being unbandaged and unwashed by the hospital staff). Avoid this flop of a movie unless you enjoy being bombarded by stupidity.

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