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August 26, 2011
R , 1 hr 39 min
660 Fan Ratings
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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....
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...
By Peter Travers
With Del Toro's name in the credits, standard chills aren't enough. We want imagination to run riot.
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...
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.
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...
By Claudia Puig
This insipid wannabe frightener features a checklist of derivative conventions.
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...
By Owen Gleiberman
Neither colorfully brutal nor especially fun. It's a plodding, derivative gothic potboiler: "The Shining" meets "Coraline," with a touch of...
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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