Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2010 film)

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Still from Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2010 film)...


A young girl sent to live with her father and his new girlfriend believes that she has released creatures from a sealed ash pit in the basement of her new home.

  • Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (1973 made-for-TV)
  • Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2010 remake)


  • Release Date: 2010
  • Country/Language: US/Australia/Mexico, English
  • Genres/Technical: Horror, Fantasy, Thriller
  • Runtime: 1 hr 39 min (1 hr 14 min for the 1973 version)
  • Starring: Katie Holmes, Guy Pearce, Bailee Madison (1973 version stars Kim Darby, Jim Hutton, Barbara Anderson)
  • Director: Troy Nixey (2002), John Newland (1973)
  • Writer: Nigel McKeand (1973 teleplay), Guillermo del Toro and Matthew Robbins (screenplay)
  • Producer/Production Co: Miramax, FilmDistrict, Necropia
  • View Trailer: (link), (1973)


MPAA Ratings

  • Rated: R (Violence)

Tentacle Ratings

A rough measure of how "Lovecraftian" the work is:

  • SS___ (Two Tentacles: Barely Lovecraftian; could be a very loose adaptation)

Strange little creatures try to lure a little girl into a sort of sinister Dreamland....

Note: This rating is not intended as a measure of quality, merely of how closely related to Lovecraftian "Weird" fiction the work is.


Review Links:

  • Andy Kaiser at Andy's Film Blog (link) - "However, the film does not go for as many scares as you would think and the ones it does go for are not handled particularly well."
  • Richard Scheib atg the Science Fiction, Horror and Fantasy Film Review (2/5 Stars) (link) - "On the other hand, what Don't Be Afraid of the Dark resembles is a well oiled and polished scare show, one that produces a good deal of creepiness and atmosphere, that wheels out all the expected moves perfectly capably, but in the end never pushes the material past a point where it rattles an audience in their seat..."


 Spoiler Section (Highlight to Read)

A remake of the 1973 made-for-TV movie. Lonely and introverted, young Sally has just arrived at the 19th-century mansion that her father and his girlfriend are restoring. While exploring the sprawling estate, Sally discovers a hidden, long-undisturbed basement. Unwittingly, she unleashes a race of malevolent, dark-dwelling creatures who intend to drag her and her family down into the mansion's bottomless depths.


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