Released movie: Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark

Movie Title: Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark

Release Date: August 23, 2011

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Review:
The mystical thriller Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark is based on Guillermo del Toro’s screenplay and stars Sally (Bailee Madison), a lonely, introverted child who has just arrived to his father’s (Guy Pearce) and his girlfriend’s (Katie Holmes) home, to a castle from the 19th century, which is being renovated. While Sally is discovering things on the huge estate, she finds a hidden cellar, which is inhabited by evil creatures living in darkness. They want to banish Sally and her family to the endless depths of the castle for ever.
There’s a lot to like about this film, mostly because director Troy Nixey isn’t afraid to keep you in suspense. If there are faults to be found in it, one could easily be the formulaic approach to creature-based horror, allowing anyone who’s seen a fair share of films in this genre to have a good idea of what to expect and when to expect it. Too bad.

Director and actors

Director – Troy Nixey

Katie Holmes

Guy Pearce

Bailee Madison

Alan Dale

Jack Thompson