Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2010) Poster


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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.
Appropriately set in Providence, RI as that was the home of H.P. Lovecraft who wrote the story "The Rats in the Walls" which apparently inspired this film. Though the short story was set in England not Rhode Island.
In the original Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (1973), Sally was Alex's wife, not daughter, while in this version a woman named Kim is his wife. In the original Sally, Alex's wife, was played by an actress named Kim - Kim Darby.
Katie Holmes and Abbe Holmes (who provides the voice of Sally's mother) have no relation to each other.
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Guy Pearce and Jim Dale worked together on the Aussie soap Neighbours back in the mid-eighties.
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Guillermo del Toro: Passenger on the plane behind Sally. He also voiced one of the creatures in the film


The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

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.

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