Sally (Madison), is sent to live with her estranged father (Pierce) and his girlfriend Kim (Holmes), who are currently in the process of restoring their new home, a 19th century Rhode Island mansion. After uncovering a hidden basement in the mansion grounds, Sally starts to hear voices calling for her to come down and play inside the basements sealed smoke trap. She soon confronts the voices and quickly finds out that they are not as friendly as they seem to be, and are unlike anything she has ever seen.

“Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark” is a horror fantasy directed by comic book artist Troy Nixey, who makes his big screen debut with this film. The screenplay is written by both Guillermo del Toro and Matthew Robbins, and is based on 1970’s television horror written by Nigel Mckeand.

The film stars Guy Pierce, Katie Holmes, and the young Bailee Madison, who star as the father, girlfriend, and daughter in this story. The trio put in convincingly good performances. Bailee Madison was especially good, and maybe one to look out for if given the right character to portray.

A pretty good come out piece for director Troy Nixey. May have been highly influenced by horror fantasy maestro Guillermo del Toro though. A lot of similarities to Guillermo films, and is sort of like “Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)” in overall feel and look. The fantasy aspect mixed with horror is definitely there. Not much a scare as it is an imaginative piece.