Box art for Don't Be Afraid of the Dark

Don't Be Afraid of the Dark

horror, thrillers


A young girl is sent to live with her estranged father and his girlfriend at their new home. The father, Alex has plans to spruce up the home with the help of his interior decorator girlfriend, Kim.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    58%
  • Audience Score
    34%

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Audience Reviews

0 star

The trailer looks GREAT. High hopes for this one.

- lewiskendell, Tuesday, August 3, 2010

2 stars

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 has an eerie feel to it with the little whispered voices. Overall though it's a bit slow and not much happens, could have been better.

- Deano78, Monday, July 16, 2012

2 stars

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 typical paranormal stuff. The usual whispering and noises in the night so it's obviously nothing new in terms of delivering something genuinely scary. The film starts off really slow. There wasn't really anything to hook me in and it took quite sometime for something to actually happen. The big thing to happen is the little girl pretty much invites the weird creatures in her house like the dumbshit she is. The weirdest part of the movie is the design of the things haunting them. They're not exactly ghosts, as a matter of fact, they remind me of those little creatures from the 1986 movie, Critters. The creatures aren't even that scary. I'd be more annoyed than scared if they were in my house. Another flaw the movie has is that the scares are really cheap. There's the occasional jump scare every now and then and if there's anything I hate most about horror movie cliches are the jump scares. It's not that I fall for them easily, I just think a psychological way of scaring people is more effective. The acting in the film is good though. I've never been a fan of Guy Pearce, but he was good in the movie. Katie Holmes was good too, but nothing special, but I think the little girl in the movie had the best performance. It was actually surprising how believable she was. The film is flawed and it was pretty forgettable. The pacing was slow and uneven, it was predictable, the ending was pretty stupid as well and despite some good acting and a few pretty creepy scenes, it just wasn't enough to actually make me afraid of the dark.

- fb100000716838411, Sunday, July 1, 2012