Don't Be Afraid of the Dark
Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (1973)

An old housea mysterious locked room a terrifying secret. Elements that make a horror movie memorably chilling get a taut, spooky reworking in Don't Be Afraid of the Dark. Kim Darby (True Grit) and Jim Hutton (The Green Berets) star as… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 10, 1973
DVD Release Date: August 4, 2009
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Critic Score: 67% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
R. L. Shaffer

Certainly inspirational and occasionally haunting, with great effects, Don't Be Afraid of the Dark is also a bit overlong and padded.

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Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views

Sticks to the familiar but he does it in such a way that it's still extremely creepy, a little bit campy and, at times, quite a lot of fun.

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John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

The husband's hostility seems to encourage disaster, and the depiction of the couple's relationship offers something of a preview of what Stanley Kubrick would do with Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall in the early part of 'The Shining.'

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

That ending would have been enough to send little ones to bed with nightmares for weeks!

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John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

If you were a child and saw it for the first time on television some four decades ago, it might have seemed pretty scary.

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Flixster Audience Score: 57% Flixster User Reviews
Alex roy
Don't Be Afraid of the Dark is one of the finest haunted house films in the genre. For a made for TV affair, this is a fine example of using atmosphere to… More
Lafe Fredbjornson
The first real horror movie I saw (if you don't count Walt Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" with Malificent the Witch!) We watched this on… More
Tim Salmons
The original Don't Be Afraid of the Dark is a television film from 1973. While I'm sure the film was effective at the time, particularly to a… More
John Me
Don´t be afraid of watching this very underrated spooky and atmospheric horror gem which have some genuinely good scares. Technically is very good, photography,… More
Luke Baldock
Made for TV movie from the 70's about to get a glossy makeover. For a TV movie, this is wonderful stuff. They keep the number of characters low, use just a… More
Anthony Valletta
Quite scary.