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Don't Be Afraid of the Dark: 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.

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Released: November 06, 2011
Runtime: 99 mins
Genres: Horror Thriller
Countries: Australia Mexico USA
Actors: Abbe Holmes Alan Dale Bailee Madison Garry McDonald Grant Piro Guillermo del Toro Guy Pearce Jack Thompson Julia Blake Katie Holmes Nicholas Bell Terry Kenwrick Todd MacDonald Trudy Hellier

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Posted by Courtney_Fanise 3 years, 2 months ago
+4 | +5 / -1

I really enjoyed it. actors did a great job.

Posted by ParallelReflexion 2 years, 10 months ago
+3 | +3 / -0

Hmmm shouldn't i be afraid of the dark after having watched this lol? I love Guillermos stories, they are always so dark,imaginative and very fairy tale like, always creepy old houses & it's the details in his movies that give this haunting eerie feeling, the noises and the kids are usually in focus. I really loved most of it, except for the ending. I would have wanted more details about the "why's" and "what". Beautifully shot mystery movie, story could have been developed better & i'd liked it to be a bit longer 7/10

Posted by DarkSeraph 3 years ago
+3 | +3 / -0

This movie is a remake. The actor was excellent and the story was good. Many pointless scene, all the build up of the little girl is not original. The father script was interesting, the mother script was a tiny little plain The story about the creature was perfect and well-done (no comparison with the original movie). Now, about the creature...im sorry, but the look was terrible and i think its because they showed the creature too soon (no fear build up ). So the atmosphere were ruined and everything went predictable. They look like small dinosaurs at first, then i though they were rat, but in reality, they look like a mix between a bat and Quasimodo. worth a watch, 6/10 for me

Posted by Burntash03 3 years ago
+3 | +3 / -0

This movie was ok. I saw the original too cause my boyfriend told me about the raisin heads & how good the movie was when he saw it as a kid but they changed that here. They weren't raisin heads or wrinkled up little grown up people with costumes on like the originals. And it was Sally that they got in the original so I have to say this movie is a little dissapointing. I hate it when they make over good movies but this is ok for one watch if you haven't seen the original. I give it 2/5.

Posted by scubazorg 3 years, 1 month ago
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I actually really enjoyed this film. Everybody seems to hate this movie with a burning passion, which I think is a little unfair to the film that it's being placated as horrible in my opinion. I watched it thinking it would be a god awful waste of time and actually really enjoyed it. I have also seen the original TV film this one is based on. The remake in my opinion is a charming, unique, little monster movie. It has a child-like charm to it. and the ending surprised me. Rather than take people's word for it see for yourself, it's not for everyone. and it's not even my type of horror movie, But I liked it.

Posted by angelazul1980 3 years, 1 month ago
+3 | +5 / -2

Guillermo del Toro's films aren't for everyone. His films have a kind of an inner child oriented style, but yet it's not for kids. If you compare Hell Boy, The Devil's Backbone, The Orphanage (as a producer), Pan's Labyrinth, and even Mimic; you would notice that topics are always involving kids or kids' interests but not fully developing a hard to see, paralyzing horror film. The suspense on this one is good if you are the type of person that gets easily involved on a film without too much death and gore. It became slow at times, but it's a must see for del Toro's fans. 8/10 and IT'S NOT FOR KIDS. At least I wouldn't let mine watch it unless they're 13.

Posted by atroi 3 years, 2 months ago
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who ever put this movie up here needs to correct the relase date on here its not even nov 2011 yet lol

Posted by Stavvi 3 years, 2 months ago
+3 | +4 / -1

Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark was amazing!!!!! i loved it :P it was creepy and i loved the story, it was a little slow at times, but then it kicked in! it was creepy b/c it does that whole thing where they crawl under the bed sheets, thats always creeped me out since i was 6 and watched Dolls with my cousin when Aunt L. told us not to, i keep the covers tucked under me b/c of that movie! and movies where it does that just tend to creep me out. and i felt like i was on my toes at all times watching it!!! it was good. i really like the story of the (spoiler) i love anything to do with fantasy creatures, and i love when they aren't nice or cuddly like they usually are portrayed. 9/10

Posted by abentwookie 3 years, 2 months ago
+3 | +4 / -1

I went to see this at the theater. 4/5 There is just something about these creepy little Gollum-like creatures. And those voices!! :o

Posted by silverrain 2 years, 7 months ago
+2 | +2 / -0

Don't care to watch anything that has anything at all to do with a fairy but this was a pretty good movie. The cast did a great job especially the young girl 5/5

Posted by purplemovies 2 years, 9 months ago
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could'nt even watch the hole movie. It's slow and boring. 1/5

Posted by Whispers 2 years, 10 months ago
+2 | +2 / -0

Seen this in theaters, not something I would watch again. Had a good idea, didn't quite turn out as good or scary as it could have. If you like horror movies, I'd say its good for a one time watch. Personally I did not like it, and a couple people in theaters got up and left about half way through when I was watching it. If anything, it's worth a watch. 6/10

Posted by Agarthi 2 years, 10 months ago
+2 | +2 / -0

Don't think anyone fully grasped what this movie was about... it touches on the child's fear... and the legend of " the goodfolk" aka " fairies " ... yes fairies are NOT the lil Tinkerbell winged sprites, they are actually evil, dark, tiny creatures that dwell in dark places, caves, basements, cellars, sewers, move through houses via the heating ducts, hide in children's closets, under the bed... and this i what that movie was trying to grasp, how they whisper to children while the adults are not around, only appear to the children and not the adults, thus making themselves appear imaginary to the adults, yet are very real to children. This movie i very well enjoyed knowing all this having researched ancient folklore and legends, and i hope reading this review will set you in the proper mood, sharing a little of what this movie is about.... ENJOY!!!

Posted by Faylith 3 years ago
+2 | +2 / -0

Got about an hour into this before i got so angry i had to stop. To the average joe this may just be a movie to past the time, but to film lovers i highly advise not going anywhere near this, it is so obvious, so uninteresting and so boring it will literally hurt you to watch it from start to finish. This film imo was terrible and i won't be every finished off from where i stopped. I give this nothing because it meant nothing!

Posted by cipriana 3 years ago
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Posted by jakeyrawrs 3 years ago
+2 | +2 / -0

I don't know what these people are thinking! My best friend and I just finished the movie and we loved it. :) Sure, it was weird. Strange, but it was very good! I love the actress who plays the little girl. :) Crappy ending, but in the end I'd watch it again. <3

Posted by envigado 3 years, 1 month ago
+2 | +2 / -0

What about horror movies, today in day? ... What a waste ..2/10

Posted by watcher23 3 years, 1 month ago
+2 | +2 / -0

so corny..not even scary...2/10

Posted by versebtm 3 years, 1 month ago
+2 | +2 / -0

This was one of many attempts I made at watching this movie, the first couple ended with me falling fast asleep 20 minutes into it. The cast was good, the acting okay and the story, although a remake was typical. The big scary house routine thats been done many times and much better than this. All of the characters became very annoying very fast. The only thing I think the film makers were afraid of, was having a good script.

Posted by cowartj16 3 years, 1 month ago
+2 | +2 / -0

preety kool movie. I think the dad should have went behind his woman if you ask me. I just wanted to see whatg was down there lol.

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