Don't Be Afraid of the Dark

Don't Be Afraid of the Dark

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Ranking with Dan Curtis' Trilogy of Terror as one of the spookiest made-for-TV horror films of the 1970's, this atmospheric monster chiller stars Kim Darby and Jim Hutton as a comfortable, reasonably happy young couple who inherit the archetypal "Old Dark House" from the wife Sally's deceased aunt. While renovating the creepy mansion, they enter a previously-sealed room, which features a securely bricked-up fireplace. Despite the insistence of a local contractor (My Three Sons' William Demarest) that they leave the room undisturbed, Sally's husband manages to open the flue, releasing a horde of shriveled mini-monsters imprisoned there for decades. The little demons immediately fixate their malevolent attention on Sally in an effort to claim her soul, a mission which can only be averted by the love of her husband -- which, in light of his self-centered careerism, means poor Sally's pretty much on her own. Director John Newland manages to pull off this one-note premise with some effective, frightening scenes -- especially when he chooses to show as little of the goofy-looking monsters as possible -- but it's hard to sustain this level of suspense for a full 90 minutes.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/23/2011
UPC: 0883316290521
Original Release: 1973
Source: Warner Archives
Time: 1:14:00
Sales rank: 3,948

Special Features

Audio commentary by Steve "Uncle Creepy" Barton (Dread Central), screenwriter Jeffrey Reddick (Final Destination, Day of the Dead) and Sean Abley (Fangoria)

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Barbara Anderson Joan
Pedro Armendariz Francisco Perez
Robert Cleaves Doctor
William Demarest Harris
Jim Hutton Alex Farnham
Kim Darby Sally Farnham
Lesley Woods Ethel
Sterling Swanson Policeman
J.H. Lawrence George
William Sylvester Tom
Don Mallon Bob
Celia Kaye Anne
Ted Adams Swanson Bartender
Felix Silla Creature
Tamara de Treaux Creature
Patty Maloney Creature
Ethel St. Clair Party Guest
Monika Henreid Party Guest
Robert Priest Party Guest

Technical Credits
John Newland Director
Allen S. Epstein Producer
Billy Goldenberg Score Composer
Ed Graves Production Designer
Andrew Jackson Cinematographer
Neil T. Maffeo Associate Producer
Michael McCroskey Editor
Nigel McKeand Screenwriter
Lee Rich Executive Producer

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Don't Be Afraid of the Dark 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
Yeah this was one creepy movie with an even creepier ending.
Catpurrson More than 1 year ago
I saw it on TV when it first came out many years ago. It scared the you-know-what out of me; back then TV movies were pretty low-key in the scare department, but NOT THIS ONE! If you're afraid of the dark and others believe your fears to be imaginary, you'll relate! I've never forgotten this movie and was delighted to find it on DVD. And guess what? It scared me A LOT, all over again!! This movie does not contain bloody horror. It's just a good scary tale.