Don't Be Afraid of the Dark

2011 R 1h 39m Blu-ray / DVD

Don't Be Afraid of the Dark

2011 R 1h 39m Blu-ray / DVD
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Soon after moving in with her father and his new girlfriend, young Sally discovers she isn't alone in the house: strange creatures live there -- and they might not be as friendly as Sally thinks. Guillermo del Toro co-writes this horror film.
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1
English, English SDH, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Widescreen 1.85:1
English, English SDH, Spanish (Neutral)
English: DTS-HD Master Audio
R - Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them.
age 17+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 17+
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age 17+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this horror movie -- a loose remake of a 1973 made-for-TV movie -- focuses on a tween girl who accidentally releases dozens of hungry, scary creatures into an old house. She's often in danger, and although the movie is less bloody than other horror flicks, there are a few extremely gory sequences in which adult characters are disfigured and murdered (slashing, heads bashed, etc.), and the movie's overall tone/feel makes it very scary and suspenseful. Language is extremely mild for an R-rated movie ("hell" is about the worst of it), and an adult couple is seen kissing, with off-screen sex implied.

Sexual Content

An adult couple is seen kissing. They begin (presumably) making love, but it happens off camera. Some giggling/kissing sounds are heard through an air vent.


Most of the movie concentrates on suspense and the threat of violence rather than lots of gore (which doesn't make it any less scary), but at least three scenes are quite graphic, with bloody teeth-pulling, head-bashing, leg-breaking, creature-squishing, stabbing, and slashing. Other scenes show a little girl in danger, with the terrifying potential of harm. A couple gets into heated arguments.


Mild language includes "hell," "poop," and "Jesus" (as an exclamation).

Social Behavior

The main point here is probably "curiosity killed the cat" (or "don't go in the basement"). But a little girl does learn to open herself up -- she starts out sad and shy and ends up stronger ... though it takes a horrifying experience and a terrible loss to get to that point.


A young girl wears Converse high-top "Chuck Taylor" shoes.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

The girl in the movie takes some kind of prescription medication in one scene. There's also a brief discussion about the girl's (unseen) mother using medication to solve problems.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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