Flix Poster of the Week: Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark

The swirly yellow font treatment set against stark black caught my attention in the Apple trailer page, but the official poster set in nifty illustration is even more artsy. I love how the monsters’ hands guide draw your eyes down to the terrified-looking girl and down to that script fonts of the title. Very creative, but man is it ever creepy!

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Sally Hurst (Bailee Madison), a lonely, withdrawn child, has just arrived in Rhode Island to live with her father Alex (Guy Pearce) and his new girlfriend Kim (Katie Holmes) at the 19th-century mansion they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.

One of the principal writers of the movie is Guillermo del Toro, the Mexican director who made the violent and also creepy fantasy thriller Pan’s Labyrinth. That’s one movie I won’t be able to ever see again, even if I admire its creativity and style. I don’t think I’ll be able to see this one given my distaste for horror flicks. Besides, my nerves had been stretched to its snapping point just watching the trailer!

Watch it for yourself below… if you dare.

16 thoughts on “Flix Poster of the Week: Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark

    1. I won’t see it BECAUSE of that reason! The scariest part of the trailer is the first couple of minutes when it’s absolutely black. VERY effective as your imagination fills your own mind with the scariest thing you could think of!

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  2. Sounds really interesting. Love Del Toro. But I’m like you, although I thought Pan’s Labyrinth was fantastic, it was dead scary, so I dunno if I’ll give it a second viewing. I’ll probably pop along and see this one though.

  3. It’s funny, I only watched the original film last week, not knowing that Del Toro was making this remake. It was on a crappy DVD that looked like someone had digitised a VHS copy but the film was a lot of fun. It would have scared me behind the sofa had I seen it as a kid. But, although it was a decent horror movie, I’m sure Del Toro will improve upon it.

    1. I saw a bit of the original trailer, and it’s nearly as scary as this new one, not even close. It’s amazing how sophisticated today’s trailers are compared to even a couple decades ago.

  4. Mike B.

    I remember the 70’s version. It scared the crap out of me back in the day. A good choice for a remake – obscure story and really scary!!!

    1. So definitely not a good movie to watch with the GF eh? Or a good one as she’ll want to be close to you the entire time 🙂

      Btw, how’s Step Up 3D??

    1. Yeah, that’s kinda what I thought too, but you can’t even see her in the trailer. Guy Pearce just doesn’t seem like a match for her it’s mind boggling, it’ll be lopsided just like in Batman Begins watching her and Christian Bale.

  5. I love this poster and I was a huge fan of the trailer because it made me so uncomfortable with its silence and darkness. The poster art kinda reminds me of Persepolis in a way, but I agree with most of these posts, that this is one horror flick to look out for especially given the great source material

    1. Hi there, welcome to FC! I love the irony of that trailer as if you weren’t afraid of the dark before, you will be now 🙂 Ah yes, it does look like Persepolis. Looks like for a horror fan this would be one to anticipate, but I’m not one so it’s a definite skip for me.

  6. This looks so good and everyone at Comic-Con was just raving about what the teaser did for them. Looking forward to this and to see how Toro uses Guy Pearce (but I for one don’t know how Katie Holmes keeps getting work).

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