Don't Be Afraid of the Dark 18's only trailer
The new trailer for Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, which is marked Red Band for Americans and most likely slightly less for the rest of the world, isn't that scary or shocking to be honest. Plus it's cut incredibly fast. However it does come with a big blurb and anything we see of the film is good.
Written by Matthew Robbins and directed by Tory Nixey it stars Katie Holmes, Guy Pearce and Bailee Madison, and it a horror film that has Guillermo del Toro was one of the producers, not executive, just a straight up producer.
Still, Guillermo del Toro does get the biggest title on the introduction. I guess that's to make us want to go and see it, or rather that's what the executives think. Personally I would like to think it's the powerful trailer, the starring of Guy Pearce, the potential draw of Katie Holmes and
There's the opening scene that really does go quite far, but still not that far, and the fact that del Toro co-wrote the script which comes from the 1973 television script by Nigel McKeand. Surely those are the draw factors here?
It's certainly not the trailer, not this one anyway, for it just presents a pretty nasty set-up, pulls it away and then shows some creatures from the film with very fast cuts. I'm not convinced this is the best trailer to sell the film and it really concentrates on that opening horrific scene.
Here's the extensive blurb for Don't Be Afraid of the Dark:
Blackwood Manor has new tenants. While architect Alex Hurst (Guy Pearce) and his new girlfriend Kim (Katie Holmes) restore their Gothic mansion's period interiors, Alex's young daughter Sally (Bailee Madison)-neglected by her real mother and brushed aside by the careerist father-can investigate the macabre history and dark corners of the estate. Spurring Sally's investigation are the voices-rasping whispers who call out to her from the basement, who promise her understanding and friendship, who are so very hungry and would like to be set free. When Sally gives in to her curiosity, she opens a gateway into a hellish underworld from which an army of beady-eyed, sharp-clawed monsters emerge, small in size but endless in number: the homunculi. Confronted with the horror that now threatens to taker her life and destroy her family, Sally desperately tries to warn the whole house, but there's just one problem: no one believes her. Will she make them understand in time, or will they become another chapter in the centuries-long horror story of Blackwood Manor?
Now here's the trailer, see what you think.