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22 June 2011  |  Written by Phil de Semlyen  |  Source: World exclusive

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Give or take one or two effective horrors (Mother's Day, Julia’s Eyes), it's been a pretty thin year for scares so far. The second half should up the goose quota, though, with the Guillermo del Toro-produced Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark kicking things off haunted-house style. The movie’s got a bony-fingered new one-sheet freshly crafted to creep you out.

Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark is set in a creaking Victorian mansion in Rhode Island. A young couple, Alex (Guy Pearce) and his new girlfriend Kim (Katie Holmes), move in with grand plans of restoring it to former glories but, like that episode of Location, Location, Location where Kirstie and Phil are possessed by satanic beasties, things go downhill fast on the renovation front. Alex’s young daughter Sally (Bailee Madison) turns up and accidentally unleashes something – or ‘things’ - scary and horrible.

They can’t say they weren’t warned. Mr. Harris (Jack Thompson), the caretaker, tells them about the mysterious disappearance of the house’s builder, nature illustrator Emerson Blackwood, a century earlier and cautions against venturing into the mansion’s dank underground chamber. Seriously folks, it’s a dank underground chamber. What are you expecting to find? The Easter bunny?


Anticipate serious scares rather than the PG-13 subterranean spooks of The Hole. Del Toro -  fresh from the quashing of those Hellboy 3 rumours - don't mess about. His director is first-timer Troy Nixey, who's revisiting the 1973 made-for-telly horror of the same name.

Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark is out this autumn. Check out the trailer for more.
 


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Better Get this Right. The Original's Brilliant!
I always thought this TV cult horror movie would make a great Hollywood bockbuster, they better get it right. I'm a bit wary of them making Sally a little girl. It worked well enough with an adult. Looking forward to this though, as it's not stricktly a re-make, because the original was a made for TV movie. Sick of all the horror re-makes - but this should've been picked up years ago for the cinema/ Hollywood version. The kid looks like Katie Holmes real daughter LOL. More

Posted by princemadonna at 17:51 on 25 June 2011 | Report This Post

The last film I seen with the 'Del Toro presents' banner...
...was The Orphanage, and that rocked. Not always a bad thing. More

Posted by loafroaster at 17:35 on 23 June 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Always nice to see
Completely agree. Promotion is about getting the film seen. When the director has made more of a name himself, then he can put up "from the director of ....." More

Posted by keaneye at 09:50 on 23 June 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Always nice to see
'Guillermo Del Toro presents' is going to sell more tickets than 'A Troy Nixey film'. Guillermo also co-wrote the film and is usually hands on when producing films so he does have a hand in the creative process. And since when do films ever find a 'new, unique way to promote the film' Promoting a film is selling it to an audience. 9 times out of 10 Audiences go for something they know and are aware of. If it's a good film then putting Guillermo's name is bound to get more people to go watch i More

Posted by BatFan at 11:51 on 22 June 2011 | Report This Post

Always nice to see
a producer's name get top billing. All in all this is the director's film - but hey, we all 'know' Del Toro, right? I think it's a shame marketing has to rely on an existing Del Toro fan base rather than finding a new, unique way to promote the film. Will this look and feel like every other Del Toro film (ala Tim Burton, too) or is it different? Seeing his name is all over it I'd have to assume it'll feel like I'm watching one of his films. If not I'll be upset, right? More

Posted by PaulTree11 at 11:18 on 22 June 2011 | Report This Post

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