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Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark [DVD]

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  • Actors: Guy Pearce, Katie Holmes, Bailee Madison, Alan Dale, Julia Blake
  • Directors: Troy Nixey
  • Producers: Mark Johnson, Guillermo del Toro
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Optimum Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 20 Feb. 2012
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006DGIVS8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,610 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Reviews

Shy, withdrawn eight-year-old Sally has been sent to live with her architect father (Guy Pearce, The King’s Speech) and his new partner (Katie Holmes, Batman Begins) in the foreboding Victorian mansion of Blackwood Manor. Feeling isolated and alone, Sally decides to explore her sinister new surroundings with terrifying consequences. Having discovered a hidden basement she unwittingly unleashes an ancient and unholy presence… There’s something alive in the darkness and it knows her name. Something truly evil and it needs feeding. From legendary filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy), Done Be Afraid of the Dark is a nail-biting horror that will make you think twice about turning off the lights.

Extras:
- A look behind the horror - The Story, The Build, The Creatures
- Character Profiles - Interviews with Katie Holmes, Guy Pearce and Bailee Madison
- Teaser Trailer
- Theatrical Trailer

Customer Reviews

3.4 out of 5 stars

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By J. Burton on 8 Mar. 2012
Format: Blu-ray
A typical movie in the Del Toro style. Spooky and atmospheric, and even after the movie I am thinking about it (later at night when things are going bump! lol) - definitely not one for the kids (it isn't gory - just jumpy in parts). As I was watching it - parts of it reminded me of gremlins, but the spookiness, creepiness and atmospheric style of the movie was great. Dark and creepy sets, lovely music score, good acting and a good old fashioned spooky story - a great film.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Corey Newcombe on 13 Mar. 2014
Format: Blu-ray
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.

The previous owner of the home was a famous painter who mysteriously disappeared.

Alex's daughter, Sally, soon discovers the cause of the painter's disappearance.....

This is one of those films that has a famous Autuers name on some producing credit to give the movie that little bit more gravitas.

Del Toro stated that he wanted to make this as it was his favourite TV mini series of the seventies. And good grief is the film bad.

Like the re-make of 'The Haunting' the house is beautiful and so are the sets, but you come to see a horror movie to be scared, or be put under a little tension, not to see anorexic gremlins bully a little girl.

Pearce and Holmes have zero chemistry and the only reason this hasn't got one star is because, to my knowledge the first time that Mike and Jim Robinson from hit Aussie soap 'Neighbours' have been in the same room on the big screen.

otherwise, it's dull, don't let the Del Toro credit fool you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By THE MOVIE GUY on 11 July 2013
Format: DVD
The movie opens with a spoiler by letting us know something evil is in the basement of a home.

I enjoyed the animated aspect of the credits. It gave the movie that classic 1960's feel. Afterwards we have Guy Pearce moving into the same home with his young melancholy daughter, Sally, who would prefer to be with her mom in LA. She also has an instant dislike of Katie Holmes, dad's girlfriend. Eventually the family discovers the basement, which had been sealed. The area is famous for its sink holes that go deep into the earth. Sally is fascinated with shaft/tunnel in the basement.

The movie initially keeps you in suspense as to what is in the basement and which travels through the old ventilation system. Good suspense. Good creepy story. Good child acting. Great movie to show when the girls want to have a sleep over. And then when things are good and tense, flip the breaker off and let everything go dark.

No f-bombs, sex, or nudity. Try not to think too deep and enjoy this one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By rbmusicman/and/movie-fan' TOP 100 REVIEWER on 26 Nov. 2014
Format: Blu-ray
The tale, a couple are doing up an old house which unbeknown to them has a dark history.
When eight year old 'Sally' (Bailee Madison) is flown in from 'L.A' to join her father 'Alex' (Guy Pearce) and his girlfriend 'Kim' (Katie Holmes), the problems are about to be released by her inquisitive investigations into her new surroundings.
Small, Evil, Hunchbacked-Goblins want just one thing----'Sally'
Maybe the suspense and element of suprise that might have emerged in the film is shown far too soon ?
This sort of stuff is a pretty frequently visited tale in one form or another, wouldn't describe it as 'scary' to be honest....
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By T. Cosens TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 12 Sept. 2013
Format: Blu-ray
Del Toro churns out fantasy horror films like they are going out of fashion. In fairness they probably went out of fashion quite a while ago, but you can forgive that when Del Toro (again in producer mode) brings this sort of style and elegance to proceedings.

Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark looks great. It feels great and builds a convincing atmosphere throughout. However this is one of Del Toro's weaker offerings. There is nothing wrong with going over old ground as long as it is done well. Here it is very much by the numbers with no spark. If you are looking for a list of clichés look no further than this. We have the lonely child and her weird drawings. We have the spooky old manor house with the closed off basement. We even have the kindly, but slightly strange caretaker whose family has worked in the house for hundreds of years.

It is all very much been there done it. Not one element of this film is original and that makes for a very mediocre experience. The characters are as stock as they come. Guy Pearce is the father who is more wrapped up in his work than his family and Katie Holmes is the step mother who tries her hardest to understand his little girl but they never quite see eye to eye. Until the end of course.

There are some fun elements though. The creatures are not particularly interesting or, for that matter scary, but the moments when they attack are fun and frantic. Their devilish little scheme is played out well and although not at all frightening at least adds some much needed action to the mix.

The final confrontation saves the film from the doldrums. It's fun and does offer one slightly unexpected moment. It's just the other elements don't make this a classic. The story is weak and very standard as far as haunted house stories go.
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