The original Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, the 1973 made for TV movie, was a wonderful exercise in playing on childhood fears and the power of leaving frights in your imagination. Is a remake then a bad idea? Well not necessarily if the man responsible is Guillermo del Toro.
del Toro is on production duties with Troy Nixey behind the camera. In front of the camera we have Katie Holmes, Guy Pearce, Bailee Madison, and Jack Thompson.
If you look at the crew, the teaser poster, and the newly released (all embedded below) you get the feeling that this movie could be very good indeed.
The official synopsis:
Sally Hurst (Bailee Madison), a lonely, withdrawn child, has just arrived in Rhode Island to live with her father Alex (Guy Pearce) and his new girlfriend Kim (Katie Holmes) at the 19th-century mansion they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.