Don't Be Afraid of the Dark

August 26th, 2011

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Don't Be Afraid of the Dark

Still of Guy Pearce and Guillermo del Toro in Don't Be Afraid of the DarkStill of Guy Pearce in Don't Be Afraid of the DarkKatie Holmes at event of Don't Be Afraid of the DarkStill of Bailee Madison in Don't Be Afraid of the DarkStill of Bailee Madison in Don't Be Afraid of the DarkStill of Katie Holmes in Don't Be Afraid of the Dark

A young girl sent to live with her father and his new girlfriend discovers creatures in her new home who want to claim her as one of their own.

Release Year: 2010

Rating: 5.7/10 (15,366 voted)

Critic's Score: 56/100

Director: Troy Nixey

Stars: Katie Holmes, Guy Pearce, Bailee Madison

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.

Writers: Guillermo del Toro, Matthew Robbins

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


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Release Date: 26 August 2011

Filming Locations: Central City Studios, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Box Office Details

Budget: $25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $8,525,728 (USA) (28 August 2011) (2760 Screens)

Gross: $24,042,490 (USA) (13 November 2011)

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Did You Know?

In the original Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, 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.

Continuity: At the dinner party, Sally's leggings are plain. When she's pushing the library shelves, a close-up of her feet shows striped leggings.

User Review

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Rating: 8/10

Don't Be Afraid of the Dark is exactly the kind of horror movie you want to hate. It's a remake, it involves a child in peril, and it contains some (and I say "some") very nasty violence. Just watch--you'll have trouble hating it.

Guillermo del Toro's new collaborative effort with first-time director Troy Nixey is, simply put, horror done right. There's a lot here that can be found in any horror movie that comes out now, but this one succeeds for relying on tone and setting rather than blood and guts. The acting from all three leads is surprisingly good, and Nixey shines as well behind the camera.

However, at the heart of the film is a ballsy story co-written by del Toro that really keeps the film stable. Don't Be Afraid of the Dark is originally based on a 1973 British TV movie that has been hailed as one of the scariest movies ever made. The remake features a new main character: Sally, a child, played by Bailee Madison. Sally moves into a new Gothic mansion with her father (Guy Pearce) and a new stepmother (Katie Holmes). There, she discovers a ventilation system where she hears breathy voices calling to play with her. At first, the voices are friendly. Then, they're vicious and violent.

The violence of the movie is one of the reasons why this movie succeeds so nicely. The first scene is grisly and is, without a doubt, the reason why Don't Be Afraid of the Dark earned its R-rating rather than its intended PG-13. There isn't constant violence. In fact, there isn't even that much of it. Most of it is bloodless, but all of it is enough to make us squeamish and afraid.

Another area in which the movie excels in that respect is its design. The mansion that Nixey and del Toro chose is gorgeous. The intense lighting, which Nixey noted as "inspired by Rembrandt" in the Q&A following the film, is moody and adds to the heavy tone of the movie. The house is just creepy on its own, but it becomes creepier thanks to the creature design. Unlike what the trailer tells you, the creatures are pretty tiny. What creeped me out about them was the loud, shrill screeches they let out. It'll give you chills. Keep a keen ear and listen for del Toro, as he voices a few of the creatures.

Don't Be Afraid of the Dark is a very fun and very creepy horror movie experience. Though not without its flaws, it has a strong story stabilized by good characters and a surprisingly dark ending, and it's got some good acting too. It's hard not to be absorbed in the mesmerizing light pools of the mansion, and it's even harder not to be entertained. As usual in del Toro films, darkness and unseen monsters reign, and as usual, it's pretty damn unnerving.

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