Blu-ray, DVD Release: Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark

Release Date: Jan. 3, 2012
Price: DVD $30.99, Blu-ray $35.99
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Don't Be Afraid of the DarkGuillermo del Toro is a master of scares, and he’s responsible for some in Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark. Del Toro co-wrote the horror film with Matthew Robbins, based on the 1973 TV movie. The two also paired on del Toro’s scarefest Mimic.

In Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, a girl (Bailee Madison, Just Go With It) moves into a 19th century mansion with her father (Guy Pearce, The King’s Speech) and his new girlfriend (Katie Holmes, The Kennedys) while they restore the building. As she explores the house, young Sally hears voices coming from creatures in the basement, who are planning to claim her as one of their own. Let the spooks begin…

Del Toro turned the directing duties for the movie to first-time feature film helmer Troy Nixey. But it was a good swap. Nixey’s style from his 2007 short film Latchkey’s Lament resembles that of del Toro’s.

Rated R, Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark grossed a disappointing $24 million in theaters. It got mixed reviews from critics.‘s William Goss said the movie is “a welcome alternative to the current genre offerings, steeped in old-fashioned atmosphere and faithful to haunted house routine, albeit to a fault.” But, although critics gave the movie a 61% approval, according to Rotten Tomatoes, only 38% of audience members liked it.

Both the DVD and Blu-ray come with three featurettes:

  • “The Story”
  • “Blackwood’s Mansion”
  • “The Creatures”

Check out the movie’s trailer:


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About S. Clark

Sam Clark is the former Managing Editor/Online Editor of Video Business magazine. With 19 years experience in journalism, 12 in the home entertainment industry, Sam has been hooked on movies on since she saw E.T. then stared into the sky waiting to meet her own friendly alien. Thanks to her husband’s shared love of movies, Sam reviews Blu-ray discs in a true home theater, with a 118-inch screen, projector and cushy recliners with cup holders.