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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.

Director:

Troy Nixey

Writers:

Guillermo del Toro (screenplay), Matthew Robbins (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bruce Gleeson Bruce Gleeson ... Buggy Driver
Eddie Ritchard ... Housekeeper (as Edwina Ritchard)
Garry McDonald Garry McDonald ... Blackwood
Bailee Madison ... Sally
Carolyn Shakespeare-Allen Carolyn Shakespeare-Allen ... Airport Cart Driver
Katie Holmes ... Kim
Guy Pearce ... Alex
Jack Thompson ... Harris
Julia Blake ... Mrs. Underhill
David Tocci David Tocci ... Workman
Lance Drisdale Lance Drisdale ... Policeman
Nicholas Bell ... Psychiatrist
Libby Gott Libby Gott ... Nurse
James Mackay ... Librarian
Emilia Burns ... Caterer (as Emelia Burns)
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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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and terror | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Australia | Mexico

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 August 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

No temas a la oscuridad See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,525,728, 28 August 2011, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$24,042,490, 13 November 2011
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Dolby Digital | DTS (as Datasat Digital Sound)| SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

When Sally smashes one of "The Fairies" between two book cases in the library, the creature's body should serve as evidence of their existence to her skeptical father, yet the body is never again referred to. See more »

Quotes

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

Featured in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.199 (2011) See more »

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When You and I Were Young, Maggie
Written and Performed by John McCormack
Courtesy of Bluebird/Novus/RCA Victor
By arrangement with Sony Music Entertainment
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Soon descends into CGI nonsense
15 October 2013 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

The idea behind DON'T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK has potential. It's a remake of one of those classic 1970s TV horrors with Guillermo del Toro as one of the scriptwriters, no less. It starts off with potential, featuring a leading role from Guy Pearce (always a favourite) and some great set design and dressing in the form of a huge, crumbling old mansion complete with hidden rooms and passageways.

And slowly, bit by bit, the potential ebbs away, leaving this a soulless and artificial experience. It ends up being overexposed and under-written, a jumble of pointless scare sequences and endless CGI nonsense as the inhabitants of the household are repeatedly put at the mercy of some unwelcome critters. In some ways it's like a modern day GREMLINS, and it has a very childish feel to it despite the adult rating. There are parallels to other del Toro fare like PAN'S LABYRINTH but this is nowhere near that kind of calibre. The only thing it makes me want to do is track down the original.

The film I most likened it to was, in fact, an obscure early '90s B-movie called LITTLE DEVILS: THE BIRTH, which was much better in terms of pure, unashamed fun - the effects were better too. DON'T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK is just lazy, with cheesy CGI and only one good scare all the way through. Finally, the cast is underwhelming: Pearce is a sleepwalker, Katie Holmes embarrassed, and Bailee Madison once of the most irritating child actors I've seen in a while. Still, at least Pearce got to team up with NEIGHBOURS' Alan Dale (aka Jim Robinson) for a couple of scenes...


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