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The L.A. Times Publishes An Early Rave For The Guillermo Del Toro-Produced Remake Of DON'T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK!

Beaks here...

Just last night, Harry and I were marveling at Guillermo del Toro's knack for discovering talented young filmmakers who share his macabre sensibilities. From Juan Antonio Bayona's masterfully-crafted THE ORPHANGE to Guillem Morales's JULIA'S EYES (which played very well at Fantastic Fest this week), he's establishing an aesthetic that is unmistakably his, while also developing new voices that will likely mature and flourish on their own. Del Toro is an industry unto himself now; in a decade, he could have a catalogue of horror films comparable to the '50s-'60s output from Hammer. According to the L.A. Times' John Horn, he's got another indelible fright flick on the way with Troy Nixey's remake of DON'T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK. As an avowed fan of the original (which scared the crap out of me as a kid), I'm insanely jealous that Horn got a chance to check this film out - though it's heartening to know that Nixey and del Toro have delivered the goods. Not that there was ever any doubt. Horn says the film is "intensely scary", calling the scares "as much psychological as they are physical". The narrative now centers on a ten-year-old girl being frightened by the Homunculi (instead of a bored middle-aged housewife in the '73 film), which is interesting seeing as how the movie will evidently be sporting an R-rating when it hits theaters on January 21st, 2011. This is one to look forward to, folks. Here's the very effective teaser that debuted last July at Comic Con...

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  • Oct. 1, 2010, 6 p.m. CST

    D.vader just called me..................

    by ORIONgods

    to say first

  • Oct. 1, 2010, 6:01 p.m. CST

    I ain't afraid of no dark

    by Domi'sInnerChild

  • Oct. 1, 2010, 6:06 p.m. CST

    D Vader now posts under the name D V

    by A G

  • Oct. 1, 2010, 6:10 p.m. CST

    This movie looks good, so there

    by SoylentMean

    I was surprised to see it already has an "R" rating. Looking forward to it.

  • Oct. 1, 2010, 6:21 p.m. CST

    The '73 version...

    by WeLiveStill...OrNot

    ... and TRILOGY OF TERROR were among some of the best T.V. horror movies of that time. Both scared the hell out of me. Add NIGHT GALLERY, and no wonder I ended up the way I did.

  • Oct. 1, 2010, 6:22 p.m. CST

    That trailer sucked IMO

    by BroadcastFromat

  • Oct. 1, 2010, 6:25 p.m. CST



    A group of pesky tweens break into a mall only to be chased by a fat mall cop hurling doughnuts at them.

  • Oct. 1, 2010, 6:28 p.m. CST



    Despite having recurring nightmares of a demonic Italian plumber jumping out of his bathroom sink and then chasing him around the house in a littel car, little Bobby's parents still buy him *that* game.<p>Horror and therapy sessions commence.

  • Oct. 1, 2010, 6:31 p.m. CST



    Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is convinced that starring in the movie version of a reversed television show will damage his already faltering Hollywood career. His agent disagrees.<p>Followed by DON'T BE AFRAID OF THE TOOTH FAIRY.

  • Oct. 1, 2010, 6:33 p.m. CST



    Mrs Smith thinks it looks like the possessed skeleton of a cow. Mr Smith thinks it's a comment on the dairy industry.<p>One of them is right. Terribly right.

  • Oct. 1, 2010, 6:36 p.m. CST

    I should really go to bed


    And so I'm going. I'll dream of a world where AICN has an edit feature so I can clear up all of my sleep-deprived errors and D.Vader still roams the talkbacks.

  • Oct. 1, 2010, 6:40 p.m. CST

    Troy Nixey sounds like a Talkbacker's name.

    by SnootyBoots

    Sounds made up. I'm not saying it is, but I'm fairly certain this is the first time I've ever come across the name Nixey.

  • Oct. 1, 2010, 6:50 p.m. CST


    by mrbeaks

    Also effective was BAD RONALD. Just revisited that last year (thanks to the Warner Archive). It's aged the best out of those '70s made-for-TV horror flicks.

  • Oct. 1, 2010, 7:03 p.m. CST

    I love you, Beaks.


    I mean I think you're the best. Man, you've had a rough time.<BR><BR>I love Del Toro too. Seriously.<BR><BR>Take care, man. Smooches to you and yours.

  • Oct. 1, 2010, 7:29 p.m. CST

    I'm so fucking out of the loop...

    by The Dum Guy

    <br><br>Why did D. Vader get banned.<br><br>...and yes, that is a statement.

  • Oct. 1, 2010, 7:29 p.m. CST

    I saw this when I was a child

    by RoarsLoudly

    and, NEVER forgot it. The mere mention of the name would make me recall how scary it was!

  • Oct. 1, 2010, 9:40 p.m. CST

    monsters inc is gettin serious!!

    by BandysTract

    this trailer drew serious cackles at my theater for Let Me In tonight

  • Oct. 2, 2010, 2:40 a.m. CST

    I don't know - expected every scare shown here. So?? BFD.

    by JonChambers

  • Oct. 2, 2010, 5:45 a.m. CST


    by TheTwilightZone

    Harry has one of GDT's nuts permanently lodged in his mouth while Nick Nunziata (associate producer of this movie) has been on the other for almost a decade while both fight for the honor of throatng the shaft and taking the man milk. You know, Martin Scorcese, Brian DePalma, Francis Ford Coppola etc.. weren't a bunch of internet losers c lowing everyone they came into contact with to get in movie production. They actually *GASP* made short films, wrote scripts and raised financing on their own to make their flicks. People like Knowles, Nunziata, McWeeny, Faraci etc... are fucking parasites.

  • Oct. 2, 2010, 10:24 a.m. CST

    Guillermo Del Vader

    by dadwhereareyou00

    the reincarnated spirit of Vader living through Guillermo, just to get his hands on those who did him wrong. and lets be honest, you know he puts his hands all over Harry and Beaks

  • Oct. 2, 2010, 12:01 p.m. CST

    Didn't draw any cackles at my theater

    by pushthebuttonmax

    Just a bunch of fucks and oh shits.

  • Oct. 2, 2010, 4:44 p.m. CST

    I agree with Stephen King; (BORIS KARLOFF'S) THRILLER)

    by thegreatwhatzit

    was a genuinely scary TV series (referring to the supernatural episodes). Sample THE HUNGRY GLASS, written by Robert ("Psycho") Bloch, w/ Russell Johnson and William Shatner.

  • Oct. 2, 2010, 11:33 p.m. CST

    Why a January release?

    by Redmond

    Looks like it's finished. January's when the turkeys are dumped on the public.

  • Oct. 3, 2010, 4:38 a.m. CST

    Jan release....

    by Fineus Fog

    it's not quite finished

  • Oct. 3, 2010, 10:33 a.m. CST

    This movie scared the shit out of me as a kid.


    Curious to see the remake. I will see anything associated with Del Toro.

  • Oct. 4, 2010, 8 a.m. CST

    Psychological scares

    by DannyOcean01

    Music to my ears. Physical scares are barely even scares. Just cheap manipulation. That's why Japanese horror was so popular (until saturation) because something like Ringu drip-fed dread throughout the whole film, not just relying on boo scares.

  • Oct. 4, 2010, 5:16 p.m. CST

    January release

    by Thunderball

    isn't a good sign. Still, Cloverfield got released in January, so maybe there's hope. And, I hate Warner Archives and DVD-Rs, so maybe the original might see light on DVD if this does well.