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Not long after John Chambers and his family arrive at their new home in a small country town of Pennsylvania, John begins to experience sleep paralysis. Lying there paralyzed, trapped ... See full summary
Not long after John Chambers and his family arrive at their new home in a small country town of Pennsylvania, John begins to experience sleep paralysis. Lying there paralyzed, trapped within his own nightmare, other-worldly beings visit John. They are entities which exist in the darkest shadows of the night and can only be seen out of the corner of one's eye. These encounters begin to haunt John, transforming to complete terror as he discovers the entities' sole purpose... the abduction of his seven year old son, Nathan

Trailers "Be Afraid (2017)"

Brian Krause also starred in the television show "Charmed" as Leo, Pipers husband. Michelle Hurd, who plays Christine, the mother of the missing girl, starred in an episode of "Charmed" portraying a demon after Pandora's box.

The QR code on Emms missing person poster in Palmers gas station takes you to Locate The Missings Facebook page, it's an actual missing persons group not associated with the movie.

Brian Krause and Michelle Hurd both appeared on the soap opera Another World (1964) in the 1990's.

At around the one hour and 18 minute mark in the police station, the audio from the TV is from George A. Romero's "Night of the Living Dead".

User reviews


  • comment
    • Author: Early Waffle
    The complaints of the negative reviewers on this page are warranted. The movie sets up a lot of good character arcs and plot lines and then just leaves them completely hung out to dry. It's really odd that no attempt is given to explain the origin of the creatures or the town's predicament. However, the movie still scared the crap out of me. I suffered from sleep paralysis for years, however, and anything that even somewhat accurately depicts the condition tends to get under my skin. I feel like the movie underachieved in regards to realizing a potentially terrific story, exploring the importance and difficulty of family and the role of being a father. Still, the first 4/5 of the movie gave me legitimate willies. The end annoyed me, but I don't want to say too much about that and spoil it. When all is said and done, there were definitely big problems with the movie, but I have to rate it high, personally, because I spent a huge portion of the film with fear-electricity running all over my skin. If you've ever suffered from sleep paralysis, this film might trigger some serious apprehension. It did for me.
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    • Author: Tholmeena
    I enjoyed this movie, with a larger budget it could have been seriously good. The concept and story are pretty solid, interesting and engaging. The characters and actors involved were all very good and believable. I loved the whole idea with the tunnel which reminded me of Absentia which is a superb indie horror.

    A family move into a new home and soon after begin seeing strange things. The young child sees a man in a hat in his bedroom and the dad starts having nightmares about creatures. The older son returns home from college and connects with one of the female locals who happens to be the sheriff's daughter.

    The younger lad is drawn to a tunnel near the home, it has a memorizing affect on him.

    There have been many unexplained disappearances in the town and the sheriffs estranged wife is the subject of ridicule for voicing concerns about strange beings at the corner of your eye.

    It all reaches a climax after an initiation prank goes terribly wrong and it appears the sheriff knows more than he's letting on.

    Much is sadly unexplained at the end of the movie but all in all I thought it was pretty good.
  • comment
    • Author: Zolorn
    Pregnant mom with the baby crazies. History of miscarriages. Useless clueless husband almost clinically retarded. Other kids who are wise and disbelieved. The town and local cops are in on it. Zillow unaware the house is a possessed pit to hell.
  • comment
    • Author: Kakashkaliandiia
    Dr. John Chambers (Brian Krause) moves to the countryside of Pennsylvania with his pregnant wife Heather Chambers (Jaimi Paige) and their seven-year old son Nathan. Two weeks later, his teenage son Ben Chambers (Jared Abrahamson) comes to his house since he was expelled from college. John begins to have astral travels and daydreams with shadow people and realizes that he is experiencing sleep paralysis. When Nathan sees also the people, he concludes that there is a dark secret in the place.

    "Be Afraid" is a senseless supernatural messy film, with a promising but totally wasted storyline. There is no explanations and the one dimension characters are not developed from the beginning and the viewer, for example, never knows why Ben was expelled from the college. Or why the sheriff hides the danger of the shadow people. And even their motives abducting children. In the end, watching "Be Afraid" is a waste of time with fake reviews promoting this flick in IMDb. My vote is two.

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  • comment
    • Author: Brialelis
    saw this on Netflix.

    I think what lets this movie down is the effort to link a number of monster/scary themes in one movie. If you are familiar with "sleep paralysis" phenomenon, alien abduction etc. you'll recognize that theme. However if you've seen Dark Skies and Nightmares, you'll know why this particular plot doesn't really work. The actors are doing their best with it plot/script wise and give great performances all round. The direction is classy but the story is very thin and I found myself about two thirds the way thru losing interest. Some of the elements might motivate a series - its kinda like a bad pilot in a way, though then again perhaps we've spared another endless series ;-)

    It's worth watching for the overall production value but if you haven't seen Dark Skies and Nightmare, watch those first.

    Aus.
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    • Author: Marelyne
    Yes, you have to be afraid, you will lose one hour and half of your time watching a low budget horror film with no real story. A town terrified of the shadows yet too stupid to turn on some lights. I saw many stupid films but this one is in the top ten. Only one question remains : who can rate 10 for that crap???
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    • Author: Androrim
    A medium-budget production.The topic of a little boy or of a little girl who sees "dead people" is quite overused but sometime it still works. This is not one of those times... As I wrote on the summary the movie is pretty much boring....So boring that I stopped to watch it before the end.Not enough action, few and poor special effect,common and predictable dialogues.Btw I guess that if seen by a child it can be a quite scary movie.
  • comment
    • Author: SmEsH
    In reading other reviews, it seems this movie is truly a love or hate situation. Frankly, I have no idea how some people could rate this movie so poorly? From a purely entertainment perspective, it's very well done and should hold your attention. A lot of reviewers get too caught up in the technical aspects of a movie, critiquing the acting, directing, etc. I tend to rate movies based purely on their entertainment value, and in that respect, this is well worth a watch. The ending had an especially nice twist.
  • comment
    • Author: Mitars Riders
    This film is a fantastic thriller with little gore but lots of tense moments, for sure to be a cult classic in this genre. Great cinematography and storytelling for a lower budget horror feature. Beautifully shot in rural PA making the most of the scenic locations of Clarion. I'm afraid!
  • comment
    • Author: Melipra
    Longest 1hr39mins of my life! Some of the scenes were visually appealing but a lot of the acting was terrible
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    • Author: Rarranere
    Not long after John Chambers and his family arrive at their new home in a small country town in Pennsylvania, John begins to experience sleep paralysis. Lying there paralyzed, trapped within his own nightmare, other-worldly beings visit.

    The highlight of this film is that it stars Brian Krause, who is one of the greats in genre cinema. Between "Sleepwalkers" and "Charmed" he has really made a name for himself. Sure, there were a few duds... like, what the heck is up with "Camel Spiders"? But overall, always a pleasure to see Krause.

    That being said, this is neither one of his great films or his duds. And he is, of course, quite good. But the film as a whole is just so-so, something to pass the time in October, but nothing that will become a holiday standard or must-see. It just sort of... exists.
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    • Author: Jonide
    This film I really enjoyed. When I first seen this rated as low as 4 I wasn't going to watch it. But after I did I'm so glad I did. The acting is top notch in this title and although the story is a bit weird I loved every minute of watching this title. It wasn't boring in the slightest. It grips you to your seat until the last minute as you really want to find out what happens and why. The ending was a bit odd as it just ended so suddenly. But all the same well worth buying, well worth watching
  • comment
    • Author: GoodBuyMyFriends
    Really dislike a film with supernatural elements left unexplained. Am I supposed to do their job? We aren't expecting, nor would the world appreciate, a sequel, so wtf is the back story?
  • comment
    • Author: Mr.Twister
    This movies description intrigued me so I thought I would give it a go. I am not going to say I was entirely disappointed as the film had some good points; however, it has a lot of bad points as well. The film does not seem to know what lore it is trying to craft its movie around, some of the acting is pretty bad and the plot has some rather stupid twists in that they just seem to infer stuff rather than actually just coming out and saying stuff. I did enjoy some of the visuals and most of the actors in this one were decent. They should have just crafted their own monsters though instead of using that of the Shadow People because they just did not seem to do enough research and they just added stuff to them that really does not fit what they are and what they do.

    The story begins with a man raving that something is after his daughter and then she proceeds to disappear. Flash a bit later and a new doctor in town is trying to settle in. His older son comes to live with the doctor and his wife and son. The older son is from a different marriage apparently. Well the younger boy sees things and the father sees things and there is some sort of cover up that really makes no sense going on while these strange creatures that lurk out of most people's field of vision seem to take children away!

    The Shadow People here just don't work. I have always been interested in this phenomenon that does happen to people. The whole thinking they see stuff when they awaken. They get some of it right, but the whole taking children thing is not something associated with them as this is generally associated with the completely fictitious Slenderman. Then there is a scene where the older son is in a tunnel trying to prove himself where the creatures drag two other guys off and kill them in gruesome fashion which doesn't really fit either the Shadow People or Slenderman. Just kind of a jumbled mess as they do not seem to know what type of movie they are making.

    So, any chance of this being a good horror movie pretty much died with all the inconsistencies within. Not sure why they did Shadow People when they clearly wanted to do something totally different as the creatures were living in some sort of cave. They had a good idea, but should have made them more of a physical presence that would have went along with the two guys in the cave getting killed. The revelation of the boys being taken just did not work as it was all kind of implied and you are left wondering why would these creatures who can't be killed make a deal with anyone. Interesting but just fails with too many questions and such.
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    • Author: Ironrunner
    This is a real stinker. We needed something to watch so we headed to NetFlix. We decided to just pick something and not check the IMDB first. We ended up checking how much time was left...over and over. I've never run to the computer to rate this kind of a trash movie before, but this time I just want to warn other potential viewers. This one just doesn't doesn't work.
  • comment
    • Author: Gavirim
    A solid story, good acting and sufficiently spooky!
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    • Author: Ttyr
    Saw 'Be Afraid', being fond of horror regardless of budget (even if not my favourite genre) and being intrigued somewhat by the idea. Being behind on my film watching and reviewing, with a long to watch and review list that keeps getting longer, it took me a while to get round to watching and reviewing it.

    Giving 'Be Afraid' a fair chance with being interest and apprehension, it turned out to be far better than expected. Won't say that 'Be Afraid' is a great film because it isn't and the potential, while not wasted, is not fully lived up to. Considering the large number of films seen recently being mediocre and less and wasting potential, was expecting worse and was relieved that while wanting in a fair few areas it was actually one of my better recent low-budget viewings.

    'Be Afraid' started off quite well, the first twenty minutes or so starting the film off on a promising, unsettling and atmospheric note that really does intrigue.

    Production values did have some eeriness and nowhere near as cheap as expected, and the music, which not the most memorable in the world, didn't detract from the atmosphere.

    The setting is effectively spooky and the acting was better than average all round. There are spooky and suspenseful moments and it isn't dull. The direction doesn't feel phoned in.

    However, the story was severely wanting. It is very disjointed and after the promising start the final third especially loses atmosphere, one loses interest and things start to not make sense. Too much of the film is vague and doesn't explore some elements and story strands enough, some dropped soon after being introduced, go nowhere or serve much point.

    Ending is unsatisfying, on top of feeling hasty there are too many loose ends hanging in the air. Got the sense that the writers didn't know how to end the film. Would have liked much more tension and suspense, scares could have been more consistent and some weren't surprising enough.

    Found too the script to lack natural flow and with a bit of cheese going on, and the characters bland with some adopting some annoying and not always logical decision making.

    Overall, better than expected but not great still. 5/10 Bethany Cox
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    • Author: Kitaxe
    Not a masterpiece but has some sort of dark atmosfere that i like
  • comment
    • Author: the monster
    The subject for this one isn't quite overused, I do like the approach, bold, but the only thing standing in its way was clearly the budget.

    Perhaps with more funds they would have been able to produce something far better, a horror for the masses, like this tho it shall remain mostly unknown and unappreciated. Quite the shame because the people involved did a good work and if you do watch it, you'll see that is an OK indie production.

    Is it recommendable? I don't think so. You won't be afraid, but you will forget about it in a few days top. With more money, Be Afraid could have delivered far better. Overall 4 stars out of 10 from me. Do not look for horror here. Just a pretty good written story.

    Cheers!
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    • Author: Shakanos
    Nothing you haven't seen done better in a dozen other horror movies. and then it just...ends. The actors do pretty good. Brian Kraus has definitely improved over his time on Charmed. I checked the spoiler box, but I honestly don't understand the plot enough to spoil or not spoil it. From what I gathered, it was about ghosts or demons that abduct children. It's really all over the place. It was not scary at all. Oh, yes, the monsters come from the closet. Because of course! Overall, the only thing I can complement is the acting. They did their best with what they had.
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    • Author: Yozshujinn
    I really wanted to like this movie and wanted to be scared, but it was just blah. Most of the acting was OK, but you really don't root for the characters or want them to survive. Not at all scary, just a few jump scares. By the end of the movie, I was just bored. I didn't really care if they found the kid or not. I was actually hoping they were all going to be killed, it didn't really matter. I tried really hard to like it, but I just didn't. Don't waste your time, there are a lot better horror movies out there.
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    • Author: Nea
    The poor script really makes this a painful watch. I quit watching halfway. Too bad, its production value seems ok.
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    • Author: Anayalore
    I should have read the reviews before wasting an hour and half that I will never ever get back. It's a small town with a string of missing children and unusual circumstances witnessed by it's residents yet the movie indicates that most town folk are clueless. The theme of the movie is promising; however, the supporting story lines lead the viewer to multiple dead ends and does everything but support the movie plot. The movie addresses the "who" and the "how" but completely ignores the "what" and "why." If I were in watching this in a theater, then I would have walked out midway and demanded my money back or movie credit.
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    • Author: Weiehan
    Be Afraid is nothing special. It's about as generic as horror movies get. Cheesy dialogue, poorly shot jump cur filled "action" scenes, and unlikable/annoying characters galore. The "scares" in this movie are almost exclusively jump scares or monster briefly appearing in background/reflection. The scenes that do have the monsters in them are usually blurry and shaky, making the most s hard to make out. The music in the film was forgettable, nothing special there. Normally I would rate this kind of movie a 3/10, but this movie did get one thing right. Throughout the film there are some shots of the scenery. Most of these are actually really good looking. Especially the scenes in the woods, the rich colors make the scenery really stand out and give the film a really pretty setting. That aside the film was bland and forgettable. That is all.
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    • Author: lucky kitten
    The whole vibe of this movie made me think "This is what Silent Hill would look like if Lifetime made this film." Being a horror film based of sleep paralysis, it did give me somewhat of the chills, but going back to Silent Hill, the ending was similar to that of the first film in that series, just less horror-esque.
  • Cast overview, first billed only:
    Brian Krause Brian Krause - Dr. John Chambers
    Jaimi Paige Jaimi Paige - Heather Chambers
    Louis Herthum Louis Herthum - Chief Martin Collins
    Jared Abrahamson Jared Abrahamson - Ben Chambers
    Michelle Hurd Michelle Hurd - Christine Booth
    Michael Leone Michael Leone - Nathan Chambers
    Noell Coet Noell Coet - Nikki Collins
    Sade Kimora Young Sade Kimora Young - Emms Booth
    Kevin M. Horton Kevin M. Horton - Officer Cass
    Eric Chandler Eric Chandler - Officer Mills
    Todd Goble Todd Goble - Jimmy Perkins
    Michael Chandler Michael Chandler - Darren Schmidt
    Callie Thorne Callie Thorne - Annabelle Fletcher
    Kevin Grevioux Kevin Grevioux - Dean Booth
    Jonathan Visser Jonathan Visser - Shadow Person #1
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