‘Don’t Be Afraid of The Dark’ Red Band Trailer

Published 2 years ago by , Updated October 5th, 2011 at 3:37 pm,

dont be afraid dark red band trailer Dont Be Afraid of The Dark Red Band Trailer

A new red band trailer for producer Guillermo del Toro’s upcoming bedtime lullaby Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark has hit the net – and in the interest of full disclosure we must say that anyone suffering from Odontophobia may need to avert their eyes in the opening moments.

Based on a 1973 telefilm by the same title, Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark follows a similar trajectory to del Toro’s masterwork of a dark fairytale, Pan’s Labyrinth, in that it tells the story of a young girl who must confront monstrous forces that defeat even the most hardened of adults.

After a series of fits and starts in the post-production phase as Mirmax was bought and sold three times over the film is finally set to creep into theaters this weekend with Film District releasing. The creators are hoping that the combined appeal of the del Toro name and relatively soft competition (DBAOTD opens against Colombiana and Our Idiot Brother) will equal box-office success. Time will tell if audiences are open to an old-fashioned, 2D, creature film as their chosen weekend entertainment.

Without further delay, here is the red band (not suitable for all audiences) trailer – beware, it gives away a lot more than the previous trailer:

After two years of seeing Guillermo del Toro talk about the film at Comic-Con, along with some horrifying footage, we’re ready for a good scare.

Troy Nixey directs a cast that includes Katie Holmes, Guy Pearce and Bailee Madison from a script by Guillermo del Toro, Matthew Robbins (screenplay) and Nigel McKeand(1973 teleplay).

Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark opens in theaters tomorrow, Friday, August 26th.
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  1. Niiice, I will see anything with del Toro’s name on it and I am a big fan of Guy Pierce(Memento was my favorite movie before “The Departed” came out). I wish he would get more work. I want to see all 3 releases this weekend.

  2. Looks good! Gonna watch it on Netflix when available!

  3. FYI: Del Toro and Holmes had a pretty lengthy interview, mainly related to this movie, on tonight’s Charlie Rose show (PBS). If you missed it, it should soon be on Charlie Rose’s website.

  4. I’m a fan of Del Toro and scary movies but I watched this film and it was incredibly disappointing. It was beyond awful. I had more questions than answers on my way out and the acting is abysmal, except for the little girl. An amazingly predictable horror movie. Don’t watch it with high expectations, you’ll come out of the theater with a furrowed brow.

  5. Sweet those creatures look like those darklings from the comic book series The Darkness.

  6. Haven’t we already had a Tooth Fairy horror movie?

  7. guilermo del toro needs to remake resident evil,and the creature from the black lagoon, and then do a underworld origins story.

  8. I noticed he keeps using his little creatures on every horror genre he makes.From Hell Boy, Blade 2,Splice, Pans Labyrinth to Dont be afraid of the dark. Same thing with JJ Abrahams with Cloverfield and Super 8! Are they running out of ideas??

    • I ask you to re-read your post and see if it actually makes sense to you. Pay close attention to the use of “his little creatures” and “every horror genre he makes”
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      Now, just whose creatures is he suppose to use in HIS movies?

    • where were “little creatures” in blade 2?

      • The Reapers…lol

  9. Read some early reviews of this and doesn’t look good.

    • 56% on Rotten Tomatoes and 55 on Metacritic and Roger Ebert gave it a favorable review with the only knock really being on the overuse of CGI. I usually trust horror flicks that are over 50%.

  10. i think it may be a weird twist on rats in the walls, not too surprising del toro is a big HP lovecraft fan. I wish more more directors/producers would take Horror stories more seriouly.

  11. The trailer opens with almost an entire minute of black, darkness, with only whispers faintly reaching your ears, and all you hear are the words, “Don’t worry…there’s nothing to be afraid of” followed by sly laughter in the distance, which then breaks into a flash of scenes from the movie. http://bit.ly/payfQG

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