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Writers (WGA):
Guillermo del Toro (screenplay) &
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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Katie Holmes ... Kim

Guy Pearce ... Alex

Bailee Madison ... Sally

Jack Thompson ... Harris
Garry McDonald ... Emerson Blackwood

Alan Dale ... Charles Jacoby

Julia Blake ... Mrs. Underhill
Bruce Gleeson ... Buggy Driver

Eddie Ritchard ... Housekeeper (as Edwina Ritchard)
Carolyn Shakespeare-Allen ... Airport Cart Driver
David Tocci ... Workman
Lance Drisdale ... Policeman

Nicholas Bell ... Psychiatrist
Libby Gott ... Nurse

James Mackay ... Librarian

Emelia Burns ... Caterer
Trudy Hellier ... Evelyn Jacoby
Terry Kenwrick ... Bill
Grant Piro ... Creature (voice)
Todd MacDonald ... Creature (voice)
Angus Smallwood ... Creature (voice)

Dylan Young ... Creature (voice)

Guillermo del Toro ... Creature (voice)
Abbe Holmes ... Joanne (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Richard Davine ... Tourist (uncredited)

Lisa N Edwards ... Cocktail Party Guest (uncredited)
Kim Ross ... Extra (uncredited)

Directed by
Troy Nixey 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Guillermo del Toro (screenplay) &
Matthew Robbins (screenplay)

Nigel McKeand (1973 teleplay)

Produced by
Melanie Chryssochoides .... assistant producer (as Melanie Chryss)
Guillermo del Toro .... producer
William Horberg .... executive producer
Mark Johnson .... producer
Stephen Jones .... executive producer
Nick Nunziata .... associate producer
Tom Williams .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Marco Beltrami 
Buck Sanders 
 
Cinematography by
Oliver Stapleton 
 
Film Editing by
Jill Bilcock 
 
Casting by
Venus Kanani 
Christine King 
Mary Vernieu 
 
Production Design by
Roger Ford 
 
Art Direction by
Lucinda Thomson 
 
Set Decoration by
Kerrie Brown 
 
Costume Design by
Wendy Chuck 
 
Makeup Department
Howard Berger .... prosthetics supervisor
Katherine Brown .... special makeup effects artist
Mary Elizalde .... CFO: Spectral Motion Inc.
Tami Lane .... prosthetics supervisor
Danni McDowell .... assistant makeup artist/hair
Trish Newton .... hairstylist: second unit
Greg Nicotero .... prosthetics supervisor (as Gregory Nicotero)
Mia Kate Russell .... makeup artist: additional unit
Zeljka Stanin .... assistant hair artist
Zeljka Stanin .... assistant makeup artist
Olivia Still .... additional makeup artist
Chiara Tripodi .... key makeup artist
Erica Wells .... key hair stylist
 
Production Management
Tony Arapoglou .... assistant unit manager
Daniel Hassid .... executive in charge of production
Dean Hood .... unit production manager
Andy Pappas .... unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mark Boskell .... first assistant director: second unit
Corrie Chen .... third assistant director
Todd Embling .... second assistant director
Bruce Hunt .... second unit director: splinter unit
Yuki Nagashima .... additional assistant director
Toby Pease .... first assistant director
Greg Spiller .... second second assistant director
Paul Steiner .... second assistant director: second unit
 
Art Department
Daniel Agdag .... junior propmaker
Hugh Anderson .... set finisher
Oliver Anderson .... paint foreman
Milo Angel .... graphic artist: pre-production
Marko Anttonen .... set designer
Hayley Arjona .... set painter
Chris Baker .... set builder
Ben Barber .... set dresser
Michael Bell .... assistant art director
Winston Brearley .... tool technician
Joanne Brinsden .... stagehand
Clancy Burrows .... stand-by assistant props
Graeme Callander .... storyboard artist
Dan Caplan .... storyboard artist: Los Angeles
Vanessa Cerne .... set dresser (as Vanesse Cerne)
Andrew Clark .... stagehand
Ben Corless .... construction manager
Peter Coy .... construction foreman
Nicholas Dare .... set designer (as Nick Dare)
Rohan Dawson .... scenic: 21C
Paulie Dennis .... painter
Rahn Deuis .... stagehand
Mike Elizalde .... creature designer
Craig Fison .... senior propmaker (as Graig Fison)
Sinead Fox .... set painter
Richard Gaunt .... art swing gang
Andree Gersbeck .... carpenter
Denise Goudy .... set dresser
Robert Gough .... plasterer
Drazen Grgat .... leading hand
Madelaine Griffiths .... art department assistant
Gary Grimes .... paint foreman
Eric Haddon .... on set painter
Christopher Hand .... head greensman
Nidal Hanna .... brush hand
Simon Harkom .... greensman
Damon Hartung .... carpenter
Max Haymes .... construction coordinator
Callum Hearn .... painter
Lars Helweg .... trade assistant
Peter Hendy .... plasterer
Nick Hepburn .... art swing gang
Chris James .... key stand-by props
Glenn Johnson .... greens foreman
Peter Keeble .... stand-by props
Honi Keller .... props buyer
Frank Kopacka .... set builder
Elaine Kusmishko .... assistant art director
Elaine Kusmishko .... props master
Marcus Lewis .... construction manager: 21C
Weining Lin .... sculptor
Darren Lindsay .... leading hand: steel
Scott Lindsay .... stagehand
Fergus Lobb .... set finisher
Marian Long .... assistant set decorator
Matt Love .... construction foreman
Michael Madden .... set designer
Daniel Mapp-Moroni .... plasterer
Steven Margrie .... set builder
Alistair Matthews .... art swing gang
Paul Matthews .... art swing gang
Nathan McCalman .... lead on-set carpenter
Tim McGaw .... senior propmaker
Dennis McVay .... leading hand
Ross Melling .... sculptor
Jordan Molloy .... art department runner
Sara Moroney .... art department accountant
Ralph Moser .... concept artist
Ralph Moser .... graphic designer
Brendan Mullen .... leading hand
Shanthi Nadaraja .... art department coordinator
Bob Najdovski .... carpenter
Luck Neck .... trade assistant
Sam Noack .... on set painter
Dave Peters .... set builder
Nick Pledge .... head prop maker
Mélanie Poudroux .... sculptor
Matt Rainey .... construction buyer
Kim Reed .... lead dresser
Ian Richter .... scenic artist
Andy Robinson .... head scenic painter (as Andrew Robinson)
Tim Russell .... stagehand
David Sadler .... set builder
Steven Sallybanks .... scenic artist (as Steve Sallybanks)
Sandra Scurria .... assistant property master
John Sella .... props painter
Mark Smith .... set builder
Carol Spier .... design consultant
Alan Starkey .... set builder
Jeff Sturm .... art swing gang
Darren Tasker .... trade assistant
Keith Thompson .... Blackwood drawings
Keith Thompson .... creature designer
Gary Tippett .... head sculptor
Jean Luc Tran .... trade assistant
Peter Trott .... art swing gang
Paul Tyler .... trade assistant
Adam Vitolins .... set builder
Kirsty Vogel .... clearances coordinator
Nathan Wentworth .... set decorating runner
Tim Williams .... trade assistant
Graeme Wilson .... set builder
Michael Wolff .... brush hand
Josh Young .... sculptor
Brendan Zachariah .... leading hand
Chet Zar .... creature designer
David Hirschfield .... set designer (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Steve Burgess .... foley editor
Kathy Charles .... sound: facilities coordinator
Adam Connelly .... foley artist
Bruce Emery .... dolby sound consultant
Helen Field .... sound post producer
Brendan Geaney .... foley editor
Chris Goodes .... adr recordist
Chris Goodes .... sound editor
Mischa Herman .... mix technician
Robert Mackenzie .... sound designer (as Rob MacKenzie)
Robert Mackenzie .... sound re-recording mixer (as Rob MacKenzie)
Duncan McAllister .... foley recordist
Andrew Neil .... sound effects editor
Glenn Newnham .... supervising sound editor
Chris O'Shea .... second boom operator
Chris O'Shea .... sound assistant
Liesl Pieterse .... adr recordist
Andrew Ramage .... second unit: sound recordist
Simon Rosenberg .... adr recordist
Roger Savage .... sound supervisor & re-recording mixer
Blair Slater .... foley recordist
Greg Steele .... adr mixer
Gretchen Thornburn .... sound recordist: second unit
Mario Vaccaro .... foley artist
Mark Wasiutek .... boom operator
Gary Wilkins .... sound mixer
Greg Zimmerman .... adr recordist
 
Special Effects by
Brent Baker .... mould maker: Spectral Motion
Matt Belcher .... special effects runner
Genevieve Bevan-John .... special effects on-set technician
Roland Blancaflor .... special effects crew: Spectral Motion, Inc.
Brenden Barry Brown .... special effects workshop technician (as Brenden Brown)
Rodney Burke .... special effects on-set supervisor
Aaron Cox .... special effects technician
Eucla Davies .... special effects on-set technician
Maxine Dennett .... assistant special effects supervisor
Brian Duff .... special effects assistant
Mary Elizalde .... creative special effects consultant: Spectral Motion
Guillermo Estrada .... illustrator: Spectral Motion
Rob Heggie .... special effects on-set technician
Andrew Im .... illustrator: Spectral Motion
Hiroshi Katagiri .... sculptor: Spectral Motion
Paul Kurzke .... special effects workshop technician
Tim Larsen .... painter: Spectral Motion
Andy McAllister .... special effects workshop foreman
Blair Mcallister .... junior special effects
Cass McClure .... foam: Spectral Motion
Louise McNicoll .... assistant special effects coordinator
Tim O'Brien .... special effects workshop coordinator (as Timothy O'Brien)
Angelo Sahin .... special effects supervisor
Dave Seaborn .... special effects technician
Constantine Sekeris .... illustrator: Spectral Motion
Mario Torres .... sculptor: Spectral Motion
Matt Ullman .... photographic effects: Spectral Motion
Brian Walsh .... production supervisor: Spectral Motion
 
Visual Effects by
Grant Adam .... lead technical director: Iloura
Ben Alpass .... opening titles designer
Dan Ashton .... film recording technician: Weta Digital
Aaron Auty .... lighting artist: Iloura
Nick Booth .... film recording supervisor: Weta Digital
Paul Buckley .... lead effects animator: Iloura
Eddie Chew .... animator: Iloura
Andrew Clarke .... matte painter
Holger Dielenberg .... animator: Iloura
Domenic DiGiorgio .... character technical director: Iloura (as Domonic Di Giorgio)
Julian Dimsey .... vfx on-set supervisor: Iloura
Laura Dubsky .... digital compositor: Iloura
Chris Dwyer .... data manager: Iloura
Simon Dye .... digital compositor
Julia Egerton .... digital compositor: Iloura
Mike Elizalde .... creature design consultant
Dean Elliott .... animator: Iloura
Alan Fairlie .... lead compositor: Iloura
Amelia Ford .... visual effects editor
Daniel Fotheringham .... animator: Iloura
Chris Frey .... opening titles designer
Jason Gilholme .... match mover: Iloura
Paul Glubb .... visual effects supervisor
Avi Goodman .... lead character technical director: Iloura
Mat Govoni .... data wrangler: Iloura
Shane Hall .... animator: Iloura
Dominic Hellier .... digital compositor: Iloura (as Dom Hellier)
James Humphries .... animator: Iloura
Daizo Inaoka .... visual effects artist
Sam Jensen .... lead modeller: Iloura
Andrew Keeble .... animator: Iloura
Tom Kenneally .... roto artist: Iloura
Alan S.L. Lam .... roto artist: Iloura
Jarret Lee .... roto artist: Iloura
Adrian Lim .... animator: Iloura
Ineke Majoor .... visual effects producer: Iloura
Shelley Matulick .... data wrangler: Iloura
Glenn Melenhorst .... lead visual effects supervisor: Iloura
Keith Meure .... data wrangler: Iloura
Jay C. Miller .... lighting technical director: Iloura
Simon Nix .... visual effects assistant: Iloura
Matt Omond .... digital compositor: Iloura
Matt Omond .... on set visual effects supervisor: Iloura
Heath Pagram .... animator: Iloura
Matthew Pascuzzi .... digital compositor: Iloura
Bruce Phillips .... additional on-set supervisor: Iloura (as Bruce Philips)
Cam Ralph .... animator: Iloura (as Cameron Ralph)
James Robison .... technical director: Iloura
Simon Rosenthal .... digital executive producer: Iloura
Simon Ross .... effects animator: Iloura
Scott Shapiro .... visual effects producer
Kelly Sheeran .... data wrangler: Iloura
Josh Simmonds .... lighting supervisor: Iloura
Frederick George Stuhrberg .... 3D scanning
Christopher Sutton .... 3d scanning: Inition
Evann Tjokrosetio .... match mover: Iloura
Nicholas Tripodi .... lead animator: Iloura
Stephen Van Elst .... opening titles designer
Jordan Walsh .... lighting artist: Iloura
Ben Weller .... modeler: Iloura
Tom Wild .... vfx production manager: Iloura
Pete Williams .... film recording manager: Weta Digital
Drew Wood-Davies .... lighting artist: Iloura (as Drew Wood Davies)
 
Stunts
Jade Amantea .... stunt assistant
Chris Anderson .... stunt coordinator
Chris Anderson .... stunts
Marky Lee Campbell .... stunt assistant/rigger
Robbie Clissold .... stunt assistant
Jarah Cocks .... stunt assistant/rigger
Russell Frost .... additional stunt coordinator
Jacqueline Geelan .... stunt double
Holly Graham .... stunts
Amanda Graver .... stunt assistant
Chris Hargreaves .... safety supervisor
Deirdre Naughton .... assistant stunt coordinator
Deirdre Naughton .... stunts
Puven Pather .... stunt assistant
Warwick Sadler .... stunt assistant/rigger
Warwick Sadler .... stunt double (Guy Pearce)
Frode Sandven .... stunts
Mark Wickham .... head stunt rigger
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Beau Addison .... lamp operator
Steven Bailey .... second assistant camera: second unit (as Steve Bailey)
Ian Barton .... b dolly grip
Tov Belling .... first assistant "a" camera
Travis Bigg .... set grip
Ben Bryan .... camera trainee
Jackson Chang .... rigging electric
Chris Dodd .... rigging electric best boy
Abe Elshaikh .... video split operator: second unit
Ross Emery .... director of photography: second unit
Karl Engeler .... chief lighting technician
Jared Fish .... lamp operator
Dean Garro .... key grip: second unit
Mark Hanneysee .... best boy grip
Chris Hansford .... techno crane operator
Jason Hansford .... company grip
Robbie Hansford .... key grip: second unit
Adam Hunter .... rigging gaffer
Andrew Jerram .... first assistant camera
Carolyn Johns .... still photographer
Aaron Jones .... production video assist
Warren Jones .... key rigging grip
Grant Kennelly .... rigger
Darrin Keough .... b camera operator
Dora Krolikowska .... second assistant "b" camera
Mark Kupenga .... rigger
Chaz Lyon .... first assistant camera: second unit
Arthur Manousakis .... key grip
Lee Mariano .... second assistant a-camera (as Lee Jake Mariano)
Darren McAngus .... best boy grip: second unit
Peter McCaffrey .... a camera operator
Peter McCaffrey .... steadicam operator
Brett McDowell .... a-dolly grip
Calum McFarlane .... a camera operator: second unit (as Callum McFarlane)
Nicholas Morrell .... best boy rigging grip
Shane Mowday .... rigging electric
Andy Mutton .... lighting board operator
David Nichols .... key grip
Louis Puli .... additional steadicam operator
Jerri Ranieri .... rigging electrician
Ruru Reedy .... lamp operator
Rangi Ria .... rigger
Clinton Roche .... rigging electric
Peter Ruggieri .... rigger
Brook Rushton .... digital stills
Tony Ryan .... lamp operator
Ricky Schamburg .... first assistant "b" camera
Zoe Schepisi .... production video assist
Beau Sevastos .... remote head technician
Pete Smith .... company grip
Nick Sowter .... lamp operator
Shylo Tui .... lamp operator
Anthony Veith .... best boy electric
Adam Vitolins .... additional grip
Garie Wetherill .... video split operator: second unit (as Gary Wetheril)
Bruce Williams .... lamp operator
 
Animation Department
James Humphries .... animator
 
Casting Department
Lindsay Graham .... casting associate
Brandon Hemmerling .... casting associate
Kate Leonard .... extras casting
John McAlary .... casting associate
David Newman .... casting associate
Jordan Peterson .... casting intern
Terri Taylor .... casting consultant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Celeste Blewitt .... additional costume assistant
Sandi Cichello .... costume buyer
Sandy Cichello .... costumes buyer
Amanda Evans .... extras stand-by
Julie Nixon .... costumes buyer
Maria Pattison .... costumer
Kerry Thompson .... costume supervisor
Carolyn Wells .... set costumer (as Carolyn 'Ruby' Wells)
Ailsa Woodyard .... seamstress
 
Editorial Department
Daniel Ashton .... film recording technician
George Awburn .... end title designer
Martin Bayley .... editorial technical support
Nick Booth .... film recording supervisor
Billy Browne .... first assistant editor
Hayley Miro Browne .... assistant editor (as Hayley Browne)
Melanie Chryssochoides .... post-production supervisor
Martin Edwards .... post-production supervisor
Rob Gordon .... senior on-line editor
Katie Hinsen .... on-line editor
David Hollingsworth .... head of digital intermediate: Park Road Post
Erin McGookin .... digital intermediate producer
Rachel McKellar-Harding .... dailies coordinator
Ross Mitchell .... scanning producer
Stephen Roucher .... film recording technician
Brian Scadden .... laboratory manager
Lance Spindler .... color timer
Pete Williams .... film recording manager
Neil Wood .... colorist: dailies
Daniel Eady .... HD Mastering (uncredited)
Anthony S. Pratt .... workflow manager (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Craig Beckett .... music editor
Craig Beckett .... score recording assistant engineer
Elaine Beckett .... score coordinator
William Boston .... orchestrator (as Bill Boston)
Daniel Brown .... score recording assistant engineer
Rossano Galante .... orchestrator
Alex Henery .... orchestra contractor
Alison Johnston .... choir manager
Brett Kelly .... conductor
John Kurlander .... music recording engineer
John Kurlander .... score recording & mixing
Andrei Laptev .... choir conductor
James K. Lee .... music librarian
Ewan Mitchell .... music stage manager
Sydney Scoring Orchestra .... orchestra
Victor Pesavento .... music preparation
Jason Ruder .... music editor
Tim Ryan .... supervising music editor
Jorge Velasco .... scoring pro tools engineer
Jessica Wells .... music preparation
 
Transportation Department
Liv Burke .... driver
Clare Hollins .... driver: cast
James McCready .... driver
Rob McLeod .... action vehicles coordinator
Thomas McSweeney .... driver (as Tommie McSweeney)
Teresa Ryan .... driver (as Tess Ryan)
Joel Sprake .... driver (as Joel Sparke)
Paul Wambach .... transportation captain
Tommy Zdanius .... driver
 
Other crew
Russell Ackerman .... assistant: Mr. Del Toro
Ed Armstrong .... production runner
Peter Arvanitis .... stand-in: Guy Pearce
Mark Barlow .... unit assistant
Michael Bartol .... manager: physical production: Miramax Films
Hamish Berry .... production counsel
Rachel Boagey .... assistant production office coordinator
Patrick Bourchier .... unit assistant
Bernadette Breitkreuz .... payroll accountant
Mark Campbell .... extras coordinator
Manuel Caracciolo .... production secretary
Adam Cawley .... unit assistant
Mark Ceryak .... assistant: Mr. Johnson
Corrie Chen .... set production assistant
Evanna Chesson .... horse wrangler
Wendy Cohen .... product placement/clearances
Nicole Coulston .... second assistant accountant (as Nici Coulston)
Jessica Dart .... assistant location manager
Tara Dean .... production counsel
Tara Dean .... production legal
Emily Eckert .... assistant: Mr. Johnson
Laura Erikson .... studio teacher
Isobel Fish .... craft service
Keith Fish .... chef
Max Fish .... assistant chef
Serena Gattuso .... production office coordinator
Emma Goodland .... cast assitant
Cameron Harland .... general manager
Nathan Hart .... production runner
Lisa Inman .... script supervisor: splinter unit
Vicki Jackways .... client services: post production head
Seamus Kavanagh .... assistant: Mr. Del Toro - New Zealand
Peter Kent .... dialogue coach
Rachel Knowles .... facilities manager
Sally Love .... on-set nurse
Ben Lowe .... location manager
Gabriella Ludlow .... production counsel
Gabriella Ludlow .... production legal
Hamish MacLeod .... unit assistant
Gary Martin .... fire officer: on set
Lauren McClard .... assistant: Mr. Horberg
Rachel McKellar-Harding .... rushes coordinator
Jodie McKeone .... horse wrangler
Bryce Menzies .... production counsel: Australia
Sally-Anne Moody .... double: Katie Holmes
Sally-Anne Moody .... stand-in: Katie Holmes
Sara Moroney .... art department accounting
Naomi Mulholland .... assistant: Mr Nixey
Naomi Mulholland .... assistant: Mr. Nixey
Peter Murphy .... stand-in: Gary McDonald
Nick Nezaritis .... unit assistant
Barbara Parr .... tutor
Kevin Plummer .... production accountant
Patrick Plummer .... first assistant accountant (2010)
Cam Rogers .... production counsel: Australia (as Cameron Rogers)
Ellery Ryan Jr. .... location assistant: on site
Lisa Schmigalla .... assistant accountant
Tamasin Simpkin .... travel and accommodation coordinator
Susie Struth .... script supervisor: second unit
Hans Van Beuge .... security
Anna Vincent .... unit publicist
Kristin Witcombe .... script supervisor
Linda A. Borgeson .... executive in charge of post production (uncredited)
 
Thanks
John Alexiades .... special thanks
Linda Borgeson .... special thanks
Michael Falbo .... special thanks
Peter Felicetti .... special thanks
Dan Hassid .... special thanks
Keri Putnam .... especial thanks
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Dark Fairy" - Japan (English title) (imdb display title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for violence and terror
Runtime:
99 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Dolby Digital | DTS (as Datasat Digital Sound) | SDDS

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Cameo: [Guillermo del Toro]passenger on the plane behind Sally.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
Sally:They don't like bright lights, you know, those things.See more »
Soundtrack:
Crystal ImagesSee more »

FAQ

Where was the location of the house used for filming?
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37 out of 62 people found the following review useful.
Don't Be Afraid of the Dark Movie Review, 26 August 2011
Author: Raymond Melendez (staff@moviefloss.com) from United States

Every so often a movie comes along that changes an entire genre and becomes something more than just movie, but this is not that movie. Don't Be Afraid of the Dark is a remake of a 1970's film of the same name. Guillermo Del Toro, famous for Pan's Labyrinth, brings us this modern update along with new director Troy Nixey. The movie tells the story of a young girl named Sally that moves in with her architect father and girlfriend Kim who are remodeling an old mansion. Soon after arriving the girl opens a doorway that unleashes a group of small monsters that attempt to kidnap her and eat her teeth!

First thing I should tell you is that the movie isn't that scary. What the movie focuses on instead is telling a good story that relies heavily on atmosphere. One of the best parts of the film is the mansion that they life in. What's interesting is how the mansion is treated almost like a character in that with all the construction that the mansion is undertaking, it changes throughout the movie. Starting from as an old building that holds secrets to a completely renovated mansion that is more than what it seems. From a comfy lit room to a dim lit nightmare, the mansion becomes the perfect set piece. I must give credit to the director for the attention to detail in every set and the eerie coldness that the movie makes you feel.

The acting is good but nothing to write home about. Katie Holmes does a fine job playing Kim, the interior decorator and love interest. Guy Pearce does an amazing job playing a father you really want to strangle at the end of the movie and Bailee Madison does a good job playing Sally. The little creatures, which are all CG done look fantastic in the film, which is something expected when I see the name Guillermo Del Toro attached to the film.

While everything sounds good and great and the movie does a great job at being a good classic horror movie with the usual or unusual twist ending, I still have a problem with the movie that is more an issue with the genre. That problem I have stems from the utter stupidity from the characters in the film. If some little monsters try and attack you or someone you know why wouldn't you do everything in your power to stay away from the house or at the very least be with someone at all times? Why is it that once everything is going to hell that all the characters decide to split up instead of forming a party? I mean seriously, it just pains me to believe that all these characters could be so very stupid. You know the little monsters are there but you still decide it would be a great idea to take a shower at night? Seriously?

OK, I think my little rant is done. Overall I enjoyed the film even though I am not a big fan of horror movies and I think that if you want to see a horror film is that more creepy than scary than Don't Be Afraid of the Dark will satisfy your needs.

Written by Steve Cienfuegos for MovieFloss.com

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