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Don't Be Afraid of the Dark / N'aie pas peur du noir (Bilingue) [Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy] (Bilingual)

Katie Holmes , Guy Pearce , Troy Nixey    R (Restricted)   Blu-ray
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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Fondly remembered for scaring the Tab out of impressionable viewers, 1973's television movie Don't Be Afraid of the Dark stands today as a minor classic of irrational dream-logic horror, with an ending that goes straight for the worst-case scenario. Despite (or perhaps because of) its wonky effects, minimalist character development, and snicker-worthy Freudisms, it knows how to linger into the wee small hours. Cowriter-producer Guillermo del Toro's mash note of a remake is a superior movie in virtually all aspects, really, yet it somehow fails to ping the same whimpering neurons. Director Troy Nixey's film follows the same basic blueprint as the source material--a fractured family (Guy Pearce, Katie Holmes, and Bailee Madison) moves into a dark old house, only to be tormented by a gaggle of tiny chatterbox demons--but with a much greater emphasis on the mythology and back story of the creatures. Del Toro has long proclaimed his love for the original movie, and it's rather fascinating to see the filmmaker attempt to shoehorn his own trademark obsessions (grim fairy-tale origins, spooky little girls, odd Lovecraftian angles, etc.) into the existing material. Still, such Gothic curlicues, however nifty, ultimately end up diluting the solid-state nightmare fuel of the premise. Aside from a few solid shocks and a strong performance by Holmes, this heartfelt redo is unlikely to have the same lasting effect on audiences as the much cruder original. Instead of focusing on the hows and whys, that one just wanted to freak the viewer out. --Andrew Wright

Special Features

  • Three-Part Making-of Documentary
  • “The Story”
  • “Blackwood’s Mansion”
  • “The Creatures”
Blu-ray Exclusive Bonus Features:
  • Conceptual Art Gallery

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A decent suspenseful thriller Aug. 11 2012
By koolz03 TOP 1000 REVIEWER
This is one of those haunted house movies. We all know the familiar formula where a family moves into a seemingly normal house and the child begins to sees strange things but the parents don't believe them until the climax. That's basically what this is. I didn't really like the "creatures" motives and I didn't really like how they looked. The ending felt non-climatic and just kinda ended. However, it did keep me interested and wanting to know what happens next. Good for a late night romp.
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5.0 out of 5 stars don't be afraid of the dark May 11 2014
By dawn
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I loved this movie. The little creatures inside the house were awesome.
I love a great thriller and this was it. There wasn't much to dislike , so if my friends are into
thrillers, I would surely recommend this movie to them.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of time and money May 13 2012
Well millions of dollars do not buy talent. What a waste of our time. Improbabilities and disbelief in a storyline that is full of clichés and foolishness. Guy Pearce was in need of money when he accepted this role. It was very early in the movie when we knew that it was going to be a fiasco. What designer in his right mind (Pearce) would take a sledgehammer to destroy an antique wood pannel wall just to see what is on the other side then later on boasts that those walls were made from rare imported wood impossible to replace today... Don't waste your time with this lemon
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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.....The best thing about this movie is that we are introduced to the evil little creatures a few minutes before the halfway point, and not a little before the end, making them seem real, and not just a figment of Sally's imagination. Katie Holmes's character develops a belief of and later investigates Sally's claims - a nice change from the typical scenario where nobody believes the "crazy" stories someone tells. The interior of the house is not cold and unhomely, but rather warm and inviting, making you feel like staying awhile.....if you dare!!! There are also little pockets of suspense throughout the movie, so just when you begin to think the worst, you are tricked, and end up feeling a false sense of security. Also, Bailee Madison isn't your typical childish fraidy-cat - she'll really convince you what you're seeing is all too real.
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