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Don't Be Afraid of the Dark [2011] [R] - 1.8.3



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A man's (Guy Pearce) young daughter (Bailee Madison) joins him and his girlfriend (Katie Holmes) in a remote Rhode Island mansion, and while exploring its hidden treasures she uncovers a horrific truth about the man that used to live there. Directed by Troy Nixey. [1:40]

SEX/NUDITY 1 - A man and a woman kiss and snuggle in a bed, and then kiss and wrestle. A man and a woman kiss. A man kisses a woman on the cheek and they hug.
 A young girl covers a vent in her room with a pillow after hearing her father and his girlfriend wrestling in bed.
 A man is shown bare-chested while shaving. A woman wears a low-cut slip that reveals cleavage and bare shoulders. A woman wears a short robe that reveals cleavage and bare legs while dressing. A young girl is shown in a bathtub covered to the shoulders with bubbles.

VIOLENCE/GORE 8 - Creatures look like bugs with human-like heads, pointed claw-like appendages and covered with gray-tinged flesh.
 A man is attacked by numerous creatures that swarm him while wielding sharp implements that slash and cut and stab him: he removes a screwdriver from his leg and blood spurts, his hand is slashed and a bloody wound opens; he is stabbed with scissors and a utility knife and we see him very bloody, with half a pair of scissors sticking out of his shoulder (when he pulls it out blood spurts).
 A woman holding a lit candle calls to a man in a darkened basement, she hears a noise and he invites her to come down to him; as she walks down the stairs, she trips and lands hard on the ground where the man straddles her, places a chisel against her teeth and strikes it with a hammer (the woman screams, we hear a crack and the man's hands are covered with blood as he gathers teeth from the floor).
 A woman's legs are caught in a rope, she is pulled back against an opening and one of her legs snaps backward at the knee; she screams and she is pulled into the opening. A man leans into an opening that leads into a deep tunnel; we hear loud fluttering, the man screams and thrashes and is pulled into the hole by something unseen. As she screams, a girl is pulled by many creatures using a rope into a passageway and toward a tunnel opening.
 A creature is smashed in a sliding library shelf (we see blood spurt and one of its limbs falls to the floor). A creature is smashed with a flashlight and we see it flattened and bloody.
 The lights go out in a bathroom where a girl is bathing, she gets out of the tub and moves toward the door, she is surrounded by creatures carrying sharp implements, and they slash at her; she falls back into the bathtub, the creatures slash the shower curtain that falls on top of her and they skitter away when the lights come on. A man peers through a keyhole and something on the other side pokes a pointed piece of metal through it and pokes the man in the cheek. A man puts his ear near a grate and something on the other side pokes a pointed piece of metal through a hole and the man's ear is nearly poked. A man peers through a keyhole and something on the other side pokes a pointed piece of metal through it, nearly poking the man in the eye.
 A girl is trapped in a library and numerous creatures surround and attack her; she uses a flash camera to scare them away. Creatures move through the dark in a girl's room; the girl looks for them under her bed, puts her hand under the bed, and crawls under the bed and they scatter when the light is turned on. A man's foot is pulled out from under him; he falls to the ground, hits his head and is unconscious while his car is running in a closed garage. A woman trips down a flight of stairs and numerous creatures approach her saying "one life will be taken"; we see a bloody gash on her leg.
 Creatures knock a nightlight off a nightstand, a girl uses a flashlight to search her room, she crawls under her bed covers and comes face to face with a creature and they both scream. A woman walks through a darkened house with thunder clapping and lightning flashing. A young girl goes to a dark basement and tries to remove bolts that hold a grate closed while something behind it speaks to her. A young girl explores thick woods and a labyrinth garden and she screams when a man grabs her away from a door telling her it's dangerous.
 A young girl finds a plate of human teeth inside a tunnel behind a heavy grate. We see a man in a hospital bed and he has bloody and swollen cuts on his face and bloody bandages on his arm. We see a man with blood on the front of his shirt and it is implied that he had pulled out his own teeth (we see his bloody gums). A girl finds what looks like a sculpture with a mass of pointed antlers wrapped in a circle on top of it.
 A stuffed bear speaks to a girl (it's being controlled by creatures) and lunges toward her scaring her. We see numerous drawings and paintings of creatures with sharp claw-like fingers, white eyes and skeletal features. We see a mural of a young boy being held over numerous claw-like hands reaching out of the ground toward him. We see a horse-drawn carriage speed passed a darkened mansion.
 The camera travels down a vent, into a basement and through a heavy metal door where we hear voices whispering. An unseen entity unscrews bolts from a heavy metal door and the door clangs to the ground, startling a young girl. We see a girl's doll with its face chewed up and its head pulled off lying under her bed. A woman finds some of her clothing shredded. We see a girl's stuffed bear torn and with its stuffing coming out. A creature tears up a photograph. A man hammers down a wooden door splintering it and discovers a dark, cobweb-covered basement.
 A man yells at his daughter and blames her for damaging some clothing. A man yells at his daughter and sends her to her room for not eating. A man and a woman argue in a couple of scenes. A young girl asks if a man is "going to die" after he was attacked by creatures. A young girl is told, "They don't want you [her parents] but we do." A man pleads with an unseen entity to return his son (we don't understand what happened to the son). A girl pleads with her mother to let her come home. A man talks about "monsters in the basement." A girl describes creatures as resembling "fairies or gnomes." A man says that his young daughter's stuffed bear is "hanging from a noose" (it is not). A man says, "There were dead pigeons everywhere and poop" in an old mansion.

PROFANITY 3 - 1 mild scatological term, 2 mild obscenities, name-calling (old, evil and very old step-mother, old fool), 3 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - A young girl takes a prescription drug, a doctor says he would like to prescribe a stronger medication for a girl's anxiety attacks, a man refers to his young daughter taking Adderall, and a man talks about a woman medicating her dogs.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Divorce, parenting, love of a parent, feeling unwanted, death of a child, fear, anger, anxiety, ancient entities.

MESSAGE - Believe your children when they say they see things in the dark.

Special Keywords: S1 - V8 - P3 - MPAAR

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