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Year: 2010
USA: FilmDistrict
UK: Optimum Releasing
Cast: Katie Holmes, Guy Pearce, Bailee Madison, Jack Thompson, Edwina Ritchard, Garry McDonald, Julia Blake, Nicholas Bell, Bruce Gleeson, Libby Gott, James Mackay, Emelia Burns, Alan Dale, Trudy Hellier, Terry Kenwrick
Director: Troy Nixey
Countries: USA / Australia / Mexico
USA: 100 mins
UK: 99 mins
USA Rated: R for violence and terror
UK Certificate: 15 contains strong horror and sustained threat
USA Release Date: 26 August 2011
UK Release Date: 7 October 2011


Guillermo Del Toro presents DON'T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK...

Blackwood Manor has new tenants. While architect Alex Hurst (Guy Pearce) and his new girlfriend Kim (Katie Holmes) restore their Gothic mansion's period interiors, Alex’s young daughter Sally (Bailee Madison), neglected by her real mother and brushed aside by the careerist father, can investigate the macabre history and dark corners of the estate.

Spurring on Sally's investigation are the voices, more like rasping whispers, who call out to her from the basement, promising her understanding and friendship, but are also very hungry and would like to be set free.

Sally finally gives in to her curiosity and opens a gateway into a hellish underworld from which an army of beady-eyed, sharp-clawed monsters emerge. Despite being small in size, they are endless in number: the homunculi have been set free at last!

Confronted with the horror that now threatens to taker her life and destroy her family, Sally desperately tries to warn the whole house, but there's just one problem: no one believes her. Will she make them understand in time, or will they become another chapter in the centuries-long horror story of Blackwood Manor?

Based on the 1973 scary TV production, DON’T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK was co-written and co-produced by Guillermo del Toro and directed by Troy Nixey. Akin to PAN’S LABYRINTH, DON’T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK focuses on a young girl’s struggle against menacing and terrifying forces.

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