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Don’t Be Afraid of The Dark – Trailer

Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark is a 2011 American horror film written by Matthew Robbins and Guillermo del Toro and directed by comic book artist Troy Nixey. The film stars Guy Pearce, Bailee Madison, and Katie Holmes, as a man, his daughter, and his girlfriend moving into a 19th century Rhode Island mansion, where his withdrawn daughter begins to witness malevolent goblin-like tooth fairies that emerge from a sealed ash pit in the basement of the house. It is a remake of the 1973 ABC made-for-television horror film of the same name that starred Kim Darby.

Cast

Bailee Madison as Sally Hirst
Katie Holmes as Kim
Guy Pearce as Alex Hirst
Alan Dale as Jacoby
Jack Thompson as Harris
Julia Blake as Mrs. Underhill
Garry McDonald as Emerson Blackwood
Edwina Ritchard as Housekeeper (Miss Winter)
Nicholas Bell as Psychiatrist
James Mackay as Librarian

Production

Del Toro chose Troy Nixey to direct the film after seeing Nixey’ short film Latchkey’s Lament. For the design of the creatures in the film, Nixey drew inspiration from pictures of mole rats.

Release

This picture, which was developed with Miramax but in the wake of the division’s closure was released by FilmDistrict, was rated R despite filmmaker ambitions to the contrary.”We originally thought we could shoot it as PG-13 without compromising the scares,” Del Toro said. “And then the MPAA came back and gave us a badge of honor. They gave us an R for ‘pervasive scariness.’ We asked them if there’s anything we could do, and they said, ‘Why ruin a perfectly scary movie?'”

Troy Nixey narrated the film at a screening at the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con International. The initial release date was scheduled for January 21, 2011. Due to the sale of Miramax by Disney, the release was put on hold until the sale was finalized. The film was released on August 26, 2011.

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