Del Toro’s ‘Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark’ Snags an International Distributor [Updated]

Published 3 years ago by , Updated March 9th, 2013 at 1:47 pm,

Dont Be Afraid of the Dark gets international distributor Del Toros Dont Be Afraid of the Dark Snags an International Distributor [Updated]

[UPDATE: Don't Be Afraid of the Dark has secured a U.S. distributor as well.]

A creepy tale about a mysterious house haunted by wicked creatures, one that was co-scripted and produced by Guillermo del Toro, doesn’t sound like a likely candidate to end up stuck in theatrical release limbo, but that’s exactly what’s happened to Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark.

The supernatural horror film was originally scheduled to be distributed by Disney in the U.S. a week ago from today, but the Mouse House dropped the pic last fall. Now Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark has at last been picked up for distribution overseas, which will hopefully encourage another studio to sign on and release it here in the States as well.

Variety is reporting that Pathe International has secured foreign rights for Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, which made a splash at last year’s Comic-Con, between del Toro’s horror discussion panel and the trailer premiere. Fans have since been anxiously awaiting the chance to see what imaginative, but disturbing, monsters and scares the Pan’s Labyrinth creator and director Troy Nixey concocted for their ghoulish, atmospheric, collaboration based off the cult 1973 release of the same name.

To refresh your memories, here’s the synopsis for Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, followed by the official trailer:

“Sally Hurst (Bailee Madison), a lonely, withdrawn child, has just arrived in Rhode Island to live with her father Alex (Guy Pearce) and his new girlfriend Kim (Katie Holmes) at the 19th-century mansion they are restoring. While exploring the sprawling estate, the young girl discovers a hidden basement, undisturbed since the strange disappearance of the mansion’s builder a century ago.

When Sally unwittingly lets loose a race of ancient, dark-dwelling creatures who conspire to drag her down into the mysterious house’s bottomless depths, she must convince Alex and Kim that it’s not a fantasy—before the evil lurking in the dark consumes them all.”

While Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark may lack the depth and unnerving substance of films like The Devil’s Backbone or Cronos (both of which del Toro wrote and directed), it has the potential to be a spooky flick that offers some legitimate scares – rather than an overload of shock and gore that most U.S. horror pics rely on nowadays. Now if only a studio will actually release the film…

[UPDATE: FilmDistrict will release Don't Be Afraid of the Dark in theaters around the U.S. on August 26th, 2011.]

Source: Variety

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  1. I see 2 things that put me off this, Katie Holmes and the “R” word. Pass.

    • “R” word? What do you have against Rhode Island? LOL

      Seriously, I belive that a remake is only truly warranted when it can be done better AND has something new to offer. I’d offer up both Batman and Batman Begins… I loved Batman, which I believe was a tremendous upgrade from the TV series, and Batman Begins I enjoyed even more (even if one disagrees that it was better than Burton’s – afterall it is subjective). I certainly concede, however, that most remakes come off as unworthy the money grabs they are. Love Torro’s work, so I hope we get a chance to view it here in the states before it’s released to video.

      • I dont consider the Nolan Batman movies to be remakes though, they simply exist in a different continuity than Burton’s films.

        I’m a huge fan of Del Toro’s work, the guy is a legend, his films are inventive and stuffed full of imagination, that’s why I think he should focus on his own original work.
        I might catch this on DVD.

    • Oh yeah — totally agree with the Katie Holmes aspect. I wish they’d send her back to the creek.

    • Honestly I commend you for defending what you believe but your hatred for remakes is both closed minded and annoying. Sure there are some that are unnecessary and suck but sometimes you get that gem where you forget about the original. Its incredibly sad when people judge movies before they see them.

  2. So does anyone know why Disney dropped it? I remember seeing the trailer awhile ago and was excited for it, but over time I forgot about it….

    • @ Zach

      Here’s the gist of it:

      http://www.deadline.com/2010/10/lagging-miramax-deal-delays-two-films/

      Now that Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark has a new international distributor, there’s some question as to whether Miramax will still handle U.S. distribution in the future.

      • Ahhhh…the whole Miramax thing…well that makes sense.

  3. Holy crap, that got me! SOLD.

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