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Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark Reviews

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Glenn Dunks

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 Source: Trespass

September 8, 2013
R. L. Shaffer

Don't Be Afraid of the Dark might not play as well for adults, but younger audiences (namely preteens) will likely enjoy the hell out of this one.

Full Review Source: IGN DVD | Original Score: 6/10

January 29, 2012
Greg Maki
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

In this hyperactive digital age, "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark" is almost antiquated in its approach to horror. And that is its greatest strength.

Full Review Source: Star-Democrat (Easton, MD) | Original Score: B

December 28, 2011
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses

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Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses | Original Score: 3/5

November 20, 2011
Simon Foster

The notion that clichés become clichés because they work every time is writ large in Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, a film that does everything right but nothing new.

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November 2, 2011


Dont Be Afraid Of The Dark will remind viewers to tuck their feet in at night but is unlikely to terrify any hardcore horror fans.

Full Review Source: Film4 | Original Score: 3.5/5

October 13, 2011
Roz Laws
Birmingham Post

The irony, of course, is that you should be afraid of the dark. And you will be, after watching this scary horror film.

Full Review Source: Birmingham Post | Original Score: 3/5

October 12, 2011
Calvin Baxter
SFX Magazine

A film that'll give you second thoughts about relocating to that country pile.

Full Review Source: SFX Magazine | Original Score: 3.5/5

October 12, 2011
Philip French
Observer [UK]

It's watchable enough and elegantly staged, but it's an Amityville Horror with delusions of grandeur.

Full Review Source: Observer [UK]

October 9, 2011
Derek Malcolm
This is London

Decently produced and acted, and the demons are creepy - but this is no Pan's Labyrinth and ends up a mite predictable.

Full Review Source: This is London | Original Score: 3/5

October 7, 2011
Anthony Quinn

Del Toro's influence is apparent in the CGI of the bulbous-headed goblins, but the story has none of the shiver-inducing otherness of Pan's Labyrinth.

Full Review Source: Independent | Original Score: 3/5

October 7, 2011
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]

You'll never think of the Tooth Fairy in the same way again after seeing this.

Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK] | Original Score: 3/5

October 6, 2011
Peter Bradshaw

A minor Del Toro, perhaps, but a must for his fans.

Full Review Source: Guardian | Original Score: 3/5

October 6, 2011
Tim Evans
Digital Spy

Firmly old school in its feel, this has plenty of hide-behind-your-hands moments...

Full Review Source: Digital Spy | Original Score: 3/5

October 6, 2011
Matthew Turner

Boasting some impressive visual effects, Don't Be Afraid of the Dark is nicely acted, atmospheric and genuinely creepy in places, but it's ultimately let down by some weak plotting and the fact that it plays its hand too early...

Full Review Source: ViewLondon | Original Score: 3/5

October 6, 2011
Sam Bathe
Fan The Fire

Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark is all-encapsulatingly scary, but not perhaps in the way you might have expected.

Full Review Source: Fan The Fire | Original Score: 3/5

October 5, 2011
Nigel Floyd
Time Out
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There is so much here that one admires, one wishes that there was more to love.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/5

October 5, 2011

Empire Magazine

A satisfying, well-crafted supernatural horror movie, refreshingly retro in its Gothic trappings. It won't traumatise a generation, but it certainly delivers the shivers.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

October 2, 2011
Kevin A. Ranson

An intimate ankle biter vs. ankle biters battle of flashbulbs, sharp things, and suspense.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3.0/4.0

September 18, 2011
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Common Sense Media

The design is key here. The huge house, as well as some haunting artwork, adds character and a slightly otherworldly mood.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 3/5

September 16, 2011
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
May 15, 2012
Richard Roeper
March 10, 2012
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