Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark (2011) | You’ll be keeping the lights on after this scarefest

Don’t Be Afraid Of the Dark, from the pen of fantasy favourite Guillermo del Toro, should have been called Don’t Look Under the Duvet or The Girl Who Cried ‘Bedbugs!’ as it’s about some nasty miniature menaces chasing a withdrawn little girl called Sally (Bailee Madison), who’s been shipped off by her OCD mum to live with her dad (Guy Pearce) and his not-so maternal girlfriend (Katie Holmes).

The setting for this scarefest, Blackwood Manor, looks like it belongs in Desperate Housewives territory – albeit with some Tim Burton styling. While exploring the empty rooms and dark passages of the vast mansion, Sally discovers a hidden basement where she unwittingly unleashes the creatures that want to turn her into one of their own.

This is old-school horror at its best and the little critters that emerge from the darkness will certainly give you the jitters and have you checking twice under the lounge as poor Sally vainly tries to convince her parents that the creatures are real. For full scary impact, get under the duvet, turn the volume up to maximum and leave the lights – on!

A must see, especially if you like your horror pint-sized.

Available on on DVD and Blu-ray through Studiocanal


This is a remake of a cult TV-movie from 1973 starring Kim Darby and Jim Hutton as a couple restoring a Victorian mansion in which goblin-like creatures reside. Here’s a taster of that spooky original…


About Peter Fuller

Peter Fuller is an award-winning print, radio and television journalist and producer, with over 30 years experience covering film and television, with a special interest in world cinema and popular culture. He is a leading expert on the life and career of Vincent Price and actively promotes the actor's legacy through publications, websites and special events.

Posted on September 7, 2013, in Horror, Must See and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: