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Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark [DVD]

Guy Pearce , Katie Holmes , Oliver Stapleton    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Guy Pearce, Katie Holmes, Bailee Madison, Alan Dale, Julia Blake
  • Directors: Oliver Stapleton
  • Producers: Buck Sanders, Mark Johnson
  • 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: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006DGIVS8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,575 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Shy, withdrawn eight-year-old Sally has been sent to live with her architect father (Guy Pearce, The King’s Speech) and his new partner (Katie Holmes, Batman Begins) in the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

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Creepy Movie 13 Mar 2012
By Pete
Format:DVD
At the risk of getting an online slamming (I can take it) this is a really good creepy movie. Sure, the storyline isn't something never told before, but it does it well. Plus, it's a remake so it most definitely has been told before. But then most horror movies fall back on familiar themes (like the past coming back to haunt and threaten us, or what happens when you leave the safety of the path and head into the woods) but I certainly jumped and was really caught up in this movie. I've around thirty years experience of watching horror movies and this was a good little trip into the darkness.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I thought this film was great 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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Don't Be Afraid of the Dark 28 Feb 2012
Format:DVD
I quite enjoyed this in a funny sort of way (spoiler upcoming) especially with the little troll type midgety beasties running about trying to steal children's teeth and living in the cellar. The story concentrates on the little girl which is okay because she's a talented actress and because of her age, you find yourself sympathising with the situations she finds herself in.

Well worth watching if you like horror films and the goblin type creatures are great!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An unsettling, eerie and well directed film 18 Feb 2012
By Sam
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Del Toro is renowned for delivering visually stunning and unsettling films, you only have to look at Pan's Labyrinth and Hellboy to know that he is a seriously talented and has a boundless imagination. However Del Toro acts as producer and writer on this film and allows Troy Nixey to direct, and he does so very well. The intial set up is very well done and the opening immediately instills dread and fear. He then proceeds to deliver some brilliant set pieces and makes use of Del Toro's imagination and script to draw the viewer into the creepy, gothic manor that increases the sense of fantasy, dread and horror. The protagonist, a little girl, soon stumbles upon the houses dark secret and into the basement where the ash pit of the fire place, or whatever is inside, begins to whisper to her. Nixey doesn't show the creatures immediately, instead opting to have them in partial shadow or as silhouettes beneath the bed and in the air vents. When the creatures are revealed they are admittedly not too scary, but they are disturbing in their mannerisms and desire for children's teeth. The acting is not bad, Katie Holmes is decent as the stepmother who ends up believing, Guy Pearce is alright with his role as the disbelieving father that is rather cliched but ultimately necessary. However it is Bailee Maddison as Sally who really shines.
While this film is jumpy in places and offers some decent gruesome, shocking moments it never goes all out scary and makes you want to leave the lights on. But possibly this was a wise move, rather than giving us the cliched slasher, killer, blood all over the place horror we get an hour and a half of tension, well crafted chills and jumps that ultimately go on to make this one of the best creature horrors i have ever seen.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Very (Very!) "Traditional" Horror Movie 2 April 2012
By Elk2011
Format:DVD
Don't Be Afraid of the Dark follows Sally, a little girl who's sent to live with her father and his girlfriend at Blackwood Manor, a very old (and somewhat creepy) manor house which they are renovating with a view to selling on. Sally, unhappy with feeling unhappy and unloved after her mother "sent her away" soon gets herself into trouble, finding a previously hidden cellar door in the overgrown grounds of the house which belongs to the previous owner - whose son disappeared without a trace many years prior, only to shortly disappear himself.

Sally hears voices whispering to her from the fireplace, asking to be let out so they can be her friend, feeling lonely she does so - but soon realises that the last thing the voices want is to be her friend, but rather to harm her.

The story itself is pretty good in my opinion, there's nothing wrong with a "traditional" horror movie. Of course we've all seen a haunted house movie before and it's nothing new but that doesn't mean it can't be good! And in this sense, I did enjoy this for what it was - a good, old fashioned horror flick.

But! The movie has three fatal flaws for me:

1. There's a difference between traditional and stereotyped and cliché - this really does cross the line into the later. There's the weird caretaker, who's really the good guy, there's the hidden collection of books at the local library that "explain all", there's the something moving under the bed sheets scene and the bathroom scene. The problem is NONE of it is new, unexpected or even just extremely well done.

2. The "monsters" aren't scary! You spend the first half hour, desperate to see the source of the eerie voice and when you do you're left under whelmed - it's like play doe gremlins!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars An old fashioned story of ancient creatures, expertly told
I am a big fan of this genre, fantasy/ horror, particularly stories of the ancient beings, faery folk, Guillermo del Toro was involved with this film, one of my all time favourites... Read more
Published 14 days ago by Kevin Mills
5.0 out of 5 stars Scary
A film to rival many haunted house movies,recommended to all horror film buffs who like this genre of horror film
Published 17 days ago by John Hunt
2.0 out of 5 stars You won't be afraid...
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... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mr. Corey S. Newcombe
5.0 out of 5 stars A great twist on the tooth fairy
Perhaps a little slow to start but its not too long before you start to wonder whats in the cellar room.
Published 1 month ago by Tim Tarver
5.0 out of 5 stars remake
but effects better,great scary film as good as the 1973 original.good story excellent acting. directed by same guy done hell raiser,the hobbit
Published 1 month ago by dark magic
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Horror Film.
I think this was a very good and scary horror film. The acting and special effects were very good. The only thing was, I think it would have been even better if instead of the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Miss Jessica Temple
3.0 out of 5 stars rubbish
I couldn't get into this film, even though it has good actors in the film there is still something missing.
Published 2 months ago by sammie
2.0 out of 5 stars It's okay
I'm sorry, but I really couldn't get into this film. I was expecting it to be very scary from the trailer and from what others were saying. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Tamara2000
5.0 out of 5 stars 5
I really enjoyed this film although I didn't find it scary my friend did. I would recommend this movie to anyone who loves movies.
Published 6 months ago by Danielle O'Donnell
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as bad as some make out
Almost 40 years ago, I saw a made for TV horror- "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark". Now, that wasn't VERY good, but had a bit of intrigue and I always longed for some background to... Read more
Published 6 months ago by fat man on a bicycle
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