Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark Reviews

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November 3, 2011
Don't Be Afraid of the Dark is horror by-the-numbers. Parts of it are effectively chilling, and the performances are fine, but there's no sense of reality.
October 7, 2011
Decently produced and acted, and the demons are creepy - but this is no Pan's Labyrinth and ends up a mite predictable.
October 6, 2011
A minor Del Toro, perhaps, but a must for his fans.
October 5, 2011
There is so much here that one admires, one wishes that there was more to love.
September 1, 2011
The film looks good, it sounds great (Marco Beltrami and Buck Sanders' score is full of darkly murmuring woodwinds), and Madison is a pip of a lead.
August 27, 2011
a considerable achievement for a first-time director - but while [Nixey] makes a convincing mimic of the del Toro style, he fails to import the sort of political allegory that gives the Mexican director's other works their real substance.
August 26, 2011
A welcome alternative to the current genre offerings, steeped in old-fashioned atmosphere and faithful to haunted house routine, albeit to a fault.
August 26, 2011
This is still a seriously entertaining horror movie, one that will please newcomers as well as fans of the original oddity.
August 26, 2011
Despite all the care that has been put into it, the film doesn't transcend its dime-store horror roots.
August 26, 2011
The season's scariest horror film - and, depending on what the next few months bring, perhaps the year's.
August 26, 2011
"Don't Be Afraid of the Dark" will turn your nerve endings to Popsicles.
August 26, 2011
This artless film even approaches child abuse, in the way it crassly reconfigures the protagonist from the besieged adult woman of the original into a neglected and terrified tot.
August 25, 2011
Mr. Nixey is doing an Alfred Hitchcock homage within a movie lacking anything as subversive, or skilled, as Hitchcock.
August 25, 2011
There's no denying that his latest monsters are imaginative and detailed creations, but the haunted house-style story is hampered by his desire to show them off.
August 25, 2011
What they're after is clear from the film's gruesome prologue; what they look like is withheld until long after we have ceased to care.
August 25, 2011
Don't worry about fearing darkness, but beware horror flicks that trot out every hoary cliché.
August 25, 2011
"Don't Be Afraid of the Dark," expands upon the creepy and effective TV movie from 1973.
August 25, 2011
The film never takes hold emotionally, despite strong work from Holmes and young Madison. With Del Toro's name in the credits, standard chills aren't enough.
August 25, 2011
If there's one big flaw with Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, it's that in 2011, there's only so long that we can watch movie characters face the perils of a haunted house without thinking, "GET OUT ALREADY!"
August 25, 2011
I do hope that "Don't" doesn't do Nixey in, as he has a real knack for staging high anxiety. For Del Toro, the question is, what happened?
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