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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 »
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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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Certificate:

16 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA | Australia | Mexico

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 November 2011 (Netherlands) 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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Company Credits

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Miramax,FilmDistrict,Necropia See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS (as Datasat Digital Sound)| SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In the original television movie, Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (1973), the character of Sally was Alex's wife, not his daughter. In this version, his wife's character is named Kim. In the original version, Sally, Alex's wife, was played by actress Kim Darby. See more »

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Kim ends up tangled in the ropes of the fairies and dragged down into the basement. This tragedy is a loose end. No police report is filed, no other characters are shown to react to this and the aftermath of this event is never built up on. This is because the creatures must take one life to replenish their numbers each time they come out. In the original movie, Kim is their target, to make her one of their own. The taking of Kim at the end of the movie and her speaking later on with the creatures implies that she was turned into one of them and is no longer human. This is idea is further encouraged by one of the creatures who seems to hold a resemblance to Blackwell who was also taken along with his son. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Creatures: They will find us. We must fight.
Kim: No. We will go deeper, and we will wait. They will forget, and others will come.
Creatures: When will they come?
Kim: Soon, soon.
Creatures: Yes.
Kim: We have all the time in the world.
Creatures: Yes.
Kim: All the time in the world.
Creatures: All the time in the world.
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Crystal Images
Written and Performed by Onaje Allan Gumbs
Courtesy of Music Supervisor Inc.
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Don't Be Afraid of the Dark Movie Review
26 August 2011 | by staff-577-378882See all my reviews

Every so often a movie comes along that changes an entire genre and becomes something more than just movie, but this is not that movie. Don't Be Afraid of the Dark is a remake of a 1970's film of the same name. Guillermo Del Toro, famous for Pan's Labyrinth, brings us this modern update along with new director Troy Nixey. The movie tells the story of a young girl named Sally that moves in with her architect father and girlfriend Kim who are remodeling an old mansion. Soon after arriving the girl opens a doorway that unleashes a group of small monsters that attempt to kidnap her and eat her teeth!

First thing I should tell you is that the movie isn't that scary. What the movie focuses on instead is telling a good story that relies heavily on atmosphere. One of the best parts of the film is the mansion that they life in. What's interesting is how the mansion is treated almost like a character in that with all the construction that the mansion is undertaking, it changes throughout the movie. Starting from as an old building that holds secrets to a completely renovated mansion that is more than what it seems. From a comfy lit room to a dim lit nightmare, the mansion becomes the perfect set piece. I must give credit to the director for the attention to detail in every set and the eerie coldness that the movie makes you feel.

The acting is good but nothing to write home about. Katie Holmes does a fine job playing Kim, the interior decorator and love interest. Guy Pearce does an amazing job playing a father you really want to strangle at the end of the movie and Bailee Madison does a good job playing Sally. The little creatures, which are all CG done look fantastic in the film, which is something expected when I see the name Guillermo Del Toro attached to the film.

While everything sounds good and great and the movie does a great job at being a good classic horror movie with the usual or unusual twist ending, I still have a problem with the movie that is more an issue with the genre. That problem I have stems from the utter stupidity from the characters in the film. If some little monsters try and attack you or someone you know why wouldn't you do everything in your power to stay away from the house or at the very least be with someone at all times? Why is it that once everything is going to hell that all the characters decide to split up instead of forming a party? I mean seriously, it just pains me to believe that all these characters could be so very stupid. You know the little monsters are there but you still decide it would be a great idea to take a shower at night? Seriously?

OK, I think my little rant is done. Overall I enjoyed the film even though I am not a big fan of horror movies and I think that if you want to see a horror film is that more creepy than scary than Don't Be Afraid of the Dark will satisfy your needs.

Written by Steve Cienfuegos for MovieFloss.com


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