Something ancient and evil is alive in the darkness beneath the Blackwood Mansion. When young Sally Hurst (Bailee Madison – Just Go With It) arrives in Rhode Island to visit her father Alex (Guy Pearce – L.A. Confidential, Momento) and his new girlfriend (Katie Holmes: Batman Begins) at the Victorian mansion they are restoring, she already feels like an outsider and her ornate new home seems a cold and unwanted prison. Finding comfort and escape in her solitary exploration of the property, and despite the warnings of the caretaker Mr. Harris (Jack Thompson – Breaker Morant, Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence), Sally embarks on an adventure that leads to the discovery of a hidden basement, undisturbed since the mysterious disappearance a century earlier of the mansion's builder, famed nature illustrator Emerson Blackwood. Once the private studio of Blackwood, the dark and dank underground chamber houses the secrets of the past of this unstable and unholy place, and perhaps something even more sinister.
Written by legendary filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro (Cronos, The Devil's Backbone, Pan's Labyrinth) and directed by comic book artist Troy Nixey, Don't Be Afraid of the Dark is a remake of the 1973 ABC made-for-television horror film of the same name that starred Kim Darby, one I remember being rather spooked out by when I was a lot younger. Be interesting to see how it plays now.
Anyway, the new version of Don't Be Afraid of the Dark will be released on UK DVD and Blu-ray on 20th February 2012 by Studiocanal at the RRP of £17.99 for the DVD and £22.99 for the Blu-ray.
Extra features will include:
- The Story featurette;
- The Build featurette;
- The Creatures featurette;
- Character profiles (Alex, Kim, Sally);
- Teaser trailer;
- Theatrical trailer.