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"Don't Be Afraid of the Dark" (2011), starring Katie Holmes and Guy Pearce, is based on the 1973 TV movie that Guillermo del Toro believes to be the scariest TV production ever made. Akin to the director's "Pan's Labyrinth," "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark" focuses on a young girl's struggle against menacing and terrifying forces.

Blackwood Manor has new tenants. While architect Alex Hurst (Pearce) and his new girlfriend Kim (Holmes) restore their Gothic mansion's period interiors, Alex's young daughter Sally (Bailee Madison)—neglected by her real mother and brushed aside by the careerist father—can investigate the macabre history and dark corners of the estate. Spurring Sally's investigation are the voices—rasping whispers who call out to her from the basement, who promise her understanding and friendship, who are so very hungry and would like to be set free. When Sally gives in to her curiosity, she opens a gateway into a hellish underworld from which an army of beady-eyed, sharp-clawed monsters emerge, small in size but endless in number: the homunculi. Confronted with the horror that now threatens to taker her life and destroy her family, Sally desperately tries to warn the whole house, but there's just one problem: no one believes her. Will she make them understand in time, or will they become another chapter in the centuries-long horror story of Blackwood Manor?

The "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark" (2011) is directed by Troy Nixey from a screenplay by Guillermo del Toro & Matthew Robbins that is based on the teleplay by Nigel McKeand. Del Toro also produces along with Mark Johnson. The executive producers are Stephen Jones, William Horberg and Tom Williams.


Genre: Horror
Runtime: 99 mins.
Release Date: August 26, 2011
Distributor: FilmDistrict
Production Companies:
Gran Via
Miramax Films

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