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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: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006DGIVS8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,813 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Shy, withdrawn eight-year-old Sally has been sent to live with her architect father (Guy Pearce, The King’s Speech) and his new partner (Katie Holmes, Batman Begins) in the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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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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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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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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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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another Great Guillermo del Torro Movie, this gave me the creeps,

...don't let the ancient and unholy presence beckon you into the hidden basement, because you can never leave...

if you don't like scary things happening to little children then don't watch this, don't watch Guillermo del Torro full stop as most of his movies are in this tyle
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I wasn't expecting anything spectacular and yet i was still disappointed. It's a slow burner, more often than not preoccupied with how it looks as opposed to how it plays out. The actual idea is quite good but the pace of the film and the need to have it cram packed with cliches really spoils it and it was so frustrating that the girl is constantly disbelieved even when there is clear evidence (Just look at the photo! Just look between the bookcases!!) Above all, it really isn't scary, so 'don't be afraid of the dark'.
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