Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark
Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark (2011)

While architect Alex Hurst (Guy Pearce) and his new girlfriend Kim (Katie Holmes) restore their Gothic mansion's period interiors, Alex's young daughter Sally (Bailee Madison) can investigate the macabre history and dark corners of… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: August 26, 2011
DVD Release Date: January 3, 2012
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Critic Score: 58% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: While it's pleasantly atmospheric and initially quite scary, Don't Be Afraid of the Dark ultimately fails to deliver the skin-crawling chills of the original.

Nigel Floyd
Time Out

There is so much here that one admires, one wishes that there was more to love.

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Matthew Hays
Globe and Mail

This is still a seriously entertaining horror movie, one that will please newcomers as well as fans of the original oddity.

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Yasmin Shehab

The film's standout star though is the absolutely stunning house. It sets a new bar for gorgeously creepy sets and is only made all the more awesome by the history built up for it in the film.

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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle

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.

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

Despite all the care that has been put into it, the film doesn't transcend its dime-store horror roots.

Martin Tsai
Critic's Notebook

The thoroughly unsympathetic protagonist aside, "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark" just isn't that frightening.

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William Goss

A welcome alternative to the current genre offerings, steeped in old-fashioned atmosphere and faithful to haunted house routine, albeit to a fault.

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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

The season's scariest horror film - and, depending on what the next few months bring, perhaps the year's.

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Scott Weinberg

There's a simple sense of old-fashioned restraint that makes Sally's dark journey a little bit quiet, but also subtly satisfying.

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Flixster Audience Score: 34% Flixster User Reviews
Lafe Fredbjornson
Hey, I'm a fan of the 1973 original; it was the first real horror movie I saw and made me a horror fan for life. The remake producer Guillermo Del Toro was… More
Dean King
An ok atmospheric gothic tale, not really a horror film to be honest. It probably could have got a 12 rating. The house and little creatures make the film which… More
vieras esine
First of all, the rating is all wrong. I think 15 is more like it. There were times when the characters' actions were painfully stupid and I thought the… More
Tyler Robertson
This is actually an interesting movie. In Don't Be Afraid of The Dark, this couple is restoring their mansion and their daughter starts to experience… More
Cynthia S.
Creepy little demons. Scared little girl that no one will pay attention to. Lots, and lots of darkness...made me jump more than once, so that means something in… More
Dead Angel
I liked the ending.