Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark’ Gets a Release Date

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When Guillermo del Toro dropped out of The Hobbit film, it became painfully apparent that the writer/producer/director is one of the busiest men in Hollywood – maybe a little too busy?

So what else does del Toro have cooking? In addition to re-imaginings of Pinocchio and Frankenstein, del Toro is currently producing a remake of the 1973 made-for-TV classic Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark. The remake will be distributed through Disney, following the Miramax shake-down, and is officially slated for release on January 21, 2011.

The original Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark is a cult classic, following a young couple who inherit an old mansion, a demon-infested old mansion, as the hellish occupants attempt to take the wife for their own. While it didn’t rely on outward gross-out violence, like many modern horror films, Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark has remained a staple late-night creep-fest for over the last 30 years.

Del Toro’s version stars Guy Pearce, Katie Holmes, and Bailee Madison and was directed by Troy Nixey, who will make his feature-lenght directorial debut. The story was penned by Del Toro and writer Matthew Robbins (*batteries not included) and takes minor departures from the source film but keeps the core concept the same – demon-like inhabitants looking for friends.

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“A young girl (Sally) sent to live with her father and his new girlfriend discovers creatures in her new home who want to claim her as one of their own.”

The emphasis on Sally (Madison), who was also the name of the wife in the original, as the source of the demon-creatures’ interest as opposed to the mother (Holmes) definitely hints at the film being a bit less disturbing than it’s predecessor. It’s hard to imagine Disney putting out a film with a 10 year old main character – who suffers the same fate as her 1973 (and older in age) counterpart.

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This isn’t to say that del Toro’s Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark remake will be fluff but, given the story’s focus on a young girl, as well as Disney distributing, it’s looking less like a full-on remake and more like a reboot of Nickelodeon’s Are You Afraid of the Dark? TV series. However, that demographic is probably right where Disney is aiming.

What do you think of a Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark remake? Do you think the focus on a younger Sally will help or hurt the film?

Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark will be unleashed on January 21, 2010.

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  1. He’ll do good, no need to worry.

  2. I find it hard to imagine Guillermo del Toro being involved in a children’s film. If that’s what this is, I expect it will have more of an ‘edge’ than your typical children’s fare.

  3. The orginal scared the crap out of me!

  4. The original movie traumatized the hell out of me. Truly it made me afraid of the dark. I don’t know why some would think this is a children’s film, it most certainly isnt..scariest movie evah! and with hardly a drop of blood (in the original) There is a whole group of 40 somethings out there who remember watching this movie (because it was a made for TV movie our parents thought it would be okay) that were warped for decades…
    Cant wait to see the remake, lol…but I wont be taking my kids.

  5. I remember watching the original many moons ago. Then when I was about 20 yrs old I began searching for the film to purchase on VHS from a mom and pop owned video store however, by the time I got there it was gone. So I forgot about the movie for about another 10 yrs at which point I made another attempt to find the movie. I was sad to hear copies were no longer available. I even began to wonder if I had the title of the movie wrong. Of course, the relentless part of me decided to try one more time at which point I finally found the movie which was sent to me by a distributor out in China somewhere. I paid $15 and it took almost 5 months to get to me. I thought I was forgotten but then that Manilla bubble wrap pack showed up and there it was… the original “Don’t be afraid of the dark”. Awesome. I do agree with the others about the movie being scary in it’s own way and having a hard time envisioning the movie made for children too. I feel it will lose it’s core fear element but then again we are talking about Del Toro having his hands on this. We must believe this man has a vision unlike you have ever seen. Or least hardly ever see especially now in Hollywood. Let’s stay tune and go see the movie when it releases. The original rocked with it’s B rated make-up effects and such.

  6. Well, I just watched Guillermo del Toro produce a horrible movie. I am not going to spoil the movie for
    anyone that reads the reviews here. Just take my word for it. I arrived at the movie theater about an hour and a half before the showing outside in the San Antonio Texas heat. So not worth it.It officially comes out on August 26, 2011. I beg you to save your money and purchase this movie via Netflix or Redbox.On the bright side, it was a free movie date night for me and my better half. LOL!