Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark parents guide

Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark

Release date August 26, 2011

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).

Why is Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark rated R? The MPAA rated Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark R for violence and terror.

Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark
Rating & Content Info

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Why is Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark rated R? Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark is rated R by the MPAA for violence and terror.

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.

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Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark
Canadian Movie Rating Info
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

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Cast and Crew

Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark is directed by Troy Nixey and stars Katie Holmes, Guy Pearce, Bailee Madison .

Home Video

The most recent home video release of Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark movie is January 3, 2012. Here are some details…

Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark releases to home video on January 3, 2011.

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Youngster Bailee Madison can also be seen as a Amish child placed in the care of her non-religious aunt in Saving Sarah Cain. Guy Pearce plays a man who puts passion before duty in The King’s Speech. And Katie Holmes stars as a rebellious First Daughter.