• Released
  • August 26, 2011
  • R , 1 hr 39 min
  • Horror
    Suspense/Thriller
  • 660 Fan Ratings
Synopsis: A child unwittingly unleashes malevolent creatures in the old mansion her family is renovating.

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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
If you flinch at "boo," you'll find plenty to jump at here. Just don't expect striking originality, or even genuinely memorable eeriness....
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55

NPR

By Ian Buckwalter
Eventually, too little is left to the imagination to do what it does best: fill in the gaps with visions far more frightening than anything...
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50

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
With Del Toro's name in the credits, standard chills aren't enough. We want imagination to run riot.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Amy Biancolli
All of this amounts to so much stylish nostalgia - not half as repulsive as the splatterific torture porn currently dominating the horror...
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50

Wall Street Journal

By John Anderson
Mr. Nixey is doing an Alfred Hitchcock homage within a movie lacking anything as subversive, or skilled, as Hitchcock.
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50

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Joltingly graphic and atmospheric (Nixey and his crew at least know how to set up a few good shocks), Don't Be Afraid of the Dark fails to...
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50

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
This insipid wannabe frightener features a checklist of derivative conventions.
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50

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
The result is a scary movie that is genuinely scary in parts, although an adult can't help noticing this is set in the very worn and...
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42

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Neither colorfully brutal nor especially fun. It's a plodding, derivative gothic potboiler: "The Shining" meets "Coraline," with a touch of...
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38

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
While there are moments of eldritch atmosphere and a few pro forma jolts, nothing here justifies our attention, let alone the film's...
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Rated R | For violence and terror
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Common Sense Media says Pause for kids 16 & under Scary remake features some gore and a young girl in danger.
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