I've definitely mentioned this before on this blog, but I'm going to repeat it anyway. Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, even though it was made for television back in the 1970's, is right up at the top of the list for scariest movies I have ever seen.
Sure, it's a bit silly. Kim Darby plays a woman who has inherited a family house. When she breaks through a walled-up old fireplace/alcove in the basement, she releases a bunch of pint-sized, pointy-headed demons who want her to join them. Some great sight gags with these mini-demons terrorizing her while hosting a dinner party or taking a bath. Fucking evil!
Maybe it was because I saw it on TV back when I was a young kid, but I would watch that movie EVERY time it was on and it would always scare the crap outta me. I watched it again maybe 15 years ago, and I saw the inherent silliness. I laughed at my younger self for letting this little movie scare the crap out of me.
I also slept with the lights on that night.
Well, Guillermo del Toro is producing the remake due out next April. And the first rave review is in. Not only is it reportedly as scary as all Hell, but the reviewer says it's also a really good film in general. I can't wait. Take a peek at the first trailer. I love how the first third of it is complete darkness. Exactly the kind of teaser trailer that studios should be making nowadays.
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