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Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark (2011)



Critic Consensus: While it's pleasantly atmospheric and initially quite scary, Don't Be Afraid of the Dark ultimately fails to deliver the skin-crawling chills of the original.

Movie Info

While architect Alex Hurst (Guy Pearce) and his new girlfriend Kim (Katie Holmes) restore their Gothic mansion's period interiors, Alex's young daughter Sally (Bailee Madison) can investigate the macabre history and dark corners of the estate. Spurring Sally's investigation are the voices-rasping whispers who call out to her from the basement, who promise her understanding and friendship, who are so very hungry and would like to be set free. When Sally gives in to her curiosity, she opens a gateway into a hellish underworld from which an army of beady-eyed, sharp-clawed monsters emerge, small in size but endless in number. Confronted with the horror that now threatens to taker her life and destroy her family, Sally desperately tries to warn the whole house, but there's just one problem: no one believes her. -- (C) Miramaxmore
Rating: R (for violence and terror)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Horror
Directed By:
Written By: Nigel McKeand, Guillermo del Toro, Matthew Robbins
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 3, 2012
Box Office: $24.0M
Miramax Films - Official Site


Alan Dale
as Charles Jacoby
Trudy Hellier
as Evelyn Jacoby
Julia Blake
as Mrs. Underhill
Garry McDonald
as Blackwood
Bruce Gleeson
as Buggy Driver
Edwina Ritchard
as Housekeeper
Carolyn Shakespeare-...
as Airport Cart Driver
David Tocci
as Workman
Lance Drisdale
as Policeman
Nicholas Bell
as Psychiatrist
James MacKay
as Librarian
Emelia Burns
as Caterer
Grant Piro
as Creature
Dylan Young
as Creature
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Critic Reviews for Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark

All Critics (165) | Top Critics (36)

The thoroughly unsympathetic protagonist aside, "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark" just isn't that frightening.

Full Review… | October 7, 2015
Critic's Notebook

There's a simple sense of old-fashioned restraint that makes Sally's dark journey a little bit quiet, but also subtly satisfying.

Full Review… | August 26, 2015

Straddled uncomfortably between its modest premise and reckless CGI abandon.

Full Review… | May 3, 2015
Philadelphia Weekly

If the scares aren't all quite as effective as the rest of the film, then there's still plenty to tickle the nerves of a less jaded horror fan.

Full Review… | September 8, 2013

Completists of del Toro will want to check it out as a curio but it's hard to imagine general audiences or even horror fans finding anything here they haven't seen before.

Full Review… | July 10, 2013
The Playlist

Guillermo del Toro's Don't Be Afraid of the Dark is as murky and ill-conceived as its multitude of dimly-lit corners,

Full Review… | February 28, 2013
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Audience Reviews for Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark


Hey, I'm a fan of the 1973 original; it was the first real horror movie I saw and made me a horror fan for life. The remake producer Guillermo Del Toro was supposedly a fan too, but this movie was too manufactured and lacked the rawness of the original. The remake's large gothic house was overdressed and overstyled. One of the biggest changes from the orignial was that the family in the house now had a little girl - and she was the one pestered by the little goblin things which came out of the caverns under the fireplace in the basement. They created a huge legend of these creatures, with a historical sorta prologue of the previous owners. Added to the legend was the creatures' need for human teeth! All this story clutter made the story less immersive and less scary. I liked the CGI appearances of the creature hoard. The scene with the Handyman meeting the creatures was painfully gorey. They remade some of the classic scenes with greater effects, but nothing in the whole movie was ever scary. The pay-off came at the end, which I really liked.

Lafe Fredbjornson

Super Reviewer

First of all, the rating is all wrong. I think 15 is more like it.

There were times when the characters' actions were painfully stupid and I thought the ending was rubbish. Despite all that, I really enjoyed this one.

vieras esine

Super Reviewer


Creepy little demons. Scared little girl that no one will pay attention to. Lots, and lots of darkness...made me jump more than once, so that means something in my book. Not the greatest of endings, as usual..

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

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