Picture from Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark

In this horror flick, a young girl (Bailee Madison) finds herself prey to mysterious creatures of the dark after she comes to live with her dad and his girlfriend (Guy Pearce and Katie Holmes).

MPAA Rating: R for violence and terror.

Why is Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark rated R?

Official MPAA Rating: Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark is rated R for for violence and terror.

Please Note: We have not viewed this movie. The information below is a summary based on data gathered from government and industry sponsored film classification agencies in various global regions.

This additional information about the movie’s content is taken from the notes of various Canadian Film Classification boards:


- Frequent portrayals of non-graphic violence.

- Brief portrayals of graphic violence.

- Depictions of stabbing and fighting (little blood, some detail).

- Several frightening and disturbing scenes.

- Occasional gory images.

- Frequent use of nightmarish imagery.


- Infrequent use of mild cursing and profanity.

Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark
Canadian Movie Ratings
Province Rating Rating Descriptor
British Columbia 14A Frightening Scenes.
Alberta 14A Violence, Frightening Scenes.
Manitoba 14A Not Recommended For Children, Frightening Scenes.
Ontario 14A Frightening Scenes, Graphic Violence.
Quebec Not Rated
Martimes 14A
Canadian Home Video 14A