Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark
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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 the estate. Spurring Sally's investigation are the voices-rasping whispers who call out to her from the basement, who promise her understanding and friendship, who are so very hungry and would like to be set free. When Sally gives in to her curiosity, she opens a gateway into a hellish underworld from which an army of beady-eyed, sharp-clawed monsters… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 58%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"There is so much here that one admires, one wishes that there was more to love."
‑ Nigel Floyd, Time Out
"This is still a seriously entertaining horror movie, one that will please newcomers as well as fans of the original oddity."
‑ Matthew Hays, Globe and Mail
"If the scares aren't all quite as effective as the rest of the film, then there's still plenty to tickle the nerves of a less jaded horror fan."
‑ Glenn Dunks, Trespass
"Don't Be Afraid of the Dark might not play as well for adults, but younger audiences (namely preteens) will likely enjoy the hell out of this one."
‑ R. L. Shaffer, IGN DVD
"Every week, it seems, I watch a remake, or a 'reimagining,' of a feature film that didn't need to be remade. Now here's a remake of, I swear, a made-for-TV movie (starring Kim Darby, incidentally) from the 1970s."
‑ Linda Cook, KWQC-TV (Iowa)
"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."
‑ Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle
"Despite all the care that has been put into it, the film doesn't transcend its dime-store horror roots."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"Completists of del Toro will want to check it out as a curio but it's hard to imagine general audiences or even horror fans finding anything here they haven't seen before."
‑ Cory Everett, The Playlist
"With the exception of the opening segment this remake can't hold a candle to its chintzy but decidedly more satisfying forebear."
‑ Richard Knight, Knight at the Movies
"ola exoyne mia safh epirroh apo Spielberg thn opoia o Nixey denei sxedon arista me to gotthiko, zwntano arxontiko poy eixe sto myalo toy, asxeta an parallhla se aifnidiazei me th.. mh Del Toro-ikothta toy"
‑ Joseph Proimakis, Movies for the Masses
"A welcome alternative to the current genre offerings, steeped in old-fashioned atmosphere and faithful to haunted house routine, albeit to a fault."
‑ William Goss,
"The season's scariest horror film - and, depending on what the next few months bring, perhaps the year's."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"Guillermo del Toro's Don't Be Afraid of the Dark is as murky and ill-conceived as its multitude of dimly-lit corners,"
‑ Amy Curtis, We Got This Covered
"In this hyperactive digital age, "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark" is almost antiquated in its approach to horror. And that is its greatest strength."
‑ Greg Maki, Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
"It's not a question of whether the dark is something worth being afraid of, but whether or not it will actually put you to sleep."
‑ Tom Clift, Moviedex
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