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Don't Be Afraid of the Dark

A 2011 movie directed by Troy Nixey.

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  • Aug 26, 2011
Guillermo Del Toro has given us a minor miracle; a remake of a horror movie that not only NEEDED to be remade (since not many people are familiar with it), but also one which succeeds in being a genuinely frightening film  about a little girl, a big, scary house with an ominous basement, and swarms of ugly little demonic monsters--what more could you ask for? This film is already on my Best of The Decade List.
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February 01, 2012
Best of the decade, wow. I will be picking this up.
August 27, 2011
Okay, I'm curious as to whether Katie Holmes actually acted in this or not...
August 28, 2011
Hi, Queenie I'll post a review as soon as I get back...
August 30, 2011
Um....Katie Holmes and acting....which one of these does not go with the other? LOL
August 30, 2011
Pretty much what I was thinking. I believe I've seen her act two or three times. Once she acted like she was actually tough and edgy, another time she acted as though she were tormented and mopey, and another time she acted as though Tom Cruise was sane. Give that girl an Oscar!
August 31, 2011
Let's put it this way--Katie Holmes STARS in this flick.
August 31, 2011
A star does not an actor make...
August 31, 2011
August 26, 2011
Nice! I want to check this out so I'm happy it passed your test :)
August 26, 2011
I saw half of the original version of the movie in the early 70s but never knew the title. It wasn't until I lucked into a mixed discussion on Amazon that I noticed they were talking about scenes I remembered from this movie and I finally learned the title. Not that it helped a lot since it was really a made for TV movie. It's never been on DVD and if you're lucky enough to find it on VHS you have to pay through the nose for it. Del Toro's flick is a Godsend for me!! WHOOPIE!!
August 30, 2011
Woohoo! Man oh man, I had no idea we'd have to go through all those channels for the original, thank God for Del Toro!
August 31, 2011
I'd given up on ever seeing this. He stuck fairly close to the 1/3 I remember seeing but I'm sure there's lots of original Del Toro in there too.
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review by . August 30, 2011
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....Ever Wonder Why Children Are So Afraid of the Dark...?
I first watched the original TV movie “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark” when I was a mere child, I have to admit, I’ve had some nightmares during that time because of that film. Then again, I was a small child then, and it may have made me much more….shall we say resilient to horror movies since the horror genre is my mother’s most loved genre. The original was very simple; yet so creepy, and with those three ghoulish tiny beings whispering “….spirits …
review by . February 23, 2012
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*** out of ****    What's one to expect from a haunted house horror movie produced by legendary Spanish native Guillermo Del Toro? If one has seen the great visual poet's directorial works, one might expect elements such as storytelling told through the eyes of a child, old-fashioned scare tactics, and talk of ghosts, ghouls, goblins, and monstrosities that live under the floorboards. If it is any of those things that you desire or anticipate; then by the time "Don't Be Afraid …
review by . May 09, 2014
posted in Movie Hype
         DON’T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK      This film is a remake of a made for TV film from back in the day so naturally the comparisons are going to be made. I am not here for that especially since I have not seen the original in years. I do remember it of course but it would be unfair to compare since I could be forgetting things. So as for this one I will review it kinda like it is a stand alone, although we all know better.   …
Quick Tip by . May 09, 2014
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This is a good film and one that I would recommend people check out. It may not be the best ever but it is still very good, the opening scene is one of my favorites and the ending is………….
review by . January 06, 2012
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   “Conventional” called “Boring” and they both emailed the non-mathematical version of “Derivative” and they all decided to see Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark.  Conventional said “Guillermo del Toro’s name is on it and I was totally undone by The Orphanage and Pan's Labyrinth” and Boring said “Bailee Madison’s in this and she was good in Bridge to Terabithia and stole the show in Brothers.”  The literary …
review by . August 22, 2011
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'Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark' 'Two Jews On Film' Are Two Bagels Apart (Video)
   Take one young, unhappy girl who is sent to live with her busy, preoccupied father and his overly sweetgirlfriend, throw in a super big scary gothic mansion with a basement, that has a sealed off fireplace (are there any other kind) and a hundred (give or take) ancient, super ugly, tiny demon like creatures, badly in need of dental work, and you have the film 'Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark'.      This film is written by one of my favorite horror guys, Guillermo …
review by . August 27, 2011
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Star Rating:         Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark is an exercise in atmosphere and sheer creepiness. The plot is essentially a compendium of haunted house clichés, but I find that I don’t much care – not when the visuals and the mood are dictated by co-writer/co-producer Guillermo del Toro, whose fascination with insects, monsters, and dark places could not have been more appropriate for this story. Even in its routine state, the film is still …
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Movies, Demons, Guillermo Del Toro, Katie Holmes, Guy Pearce, Horror Remake, Faires, Bailee Madison


Director: Troy Nixey
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Release Date: 26 August 2011 (USA)
MPAA Rating: R
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