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Movie Review: Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark (R)

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Length: 100 minutes

MPAA Rating: R

Age Appropriate for: 15+. The film is violent and creepy, but ultimately it’s not so bloody, gory or haphazard with its violence that it will cause lasting damage to a younger teen. The R rating seems to be driven by two violent scenes that involve teeth getting knocked out and being stabbed with scissors, respectively, but the film isn’t a hard R. However, it’s undeniably eerie, so consider what level of bloodiness and pitch-dark creepiness you’re OK with your teen watching.

‘Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark’ will, of course, make you afraid of going to sleep. But a slapped-together script keep the gorgeous-looking nightmare from fully snatching you into its clutches.

By Roxana Hadadi

I’m really happy Guillermo del Toro is back. I just wish I were happier.

After the Mexican director left “The Hobbit” in 2010 after two years of working on it, and then his plans for a big-budget adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s terrifying story “At the Mountains of Madness” were scrapped, I had this fear that the man behind such terrifying, emotionally moving supernatural films like “The Devil’s Backbone” and “Pan’s Labyrinth” would take a while to get back into the scary game. “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark,” which del Toro produced and co-wrote, proves he still knows how to terrify us. If only the movie gave equal attention to drawing us in as it does to freaking us out, he would have had another overwhelming success.

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