If it's co-written by Guillermo Del Toro, I wouldn't believe the title! From a media release:
The Film Society of Lincoln Center Presents
Film Comment Selects: Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark
Country: USA | | Running time:100 minutes
August 8, 2011 - New York City
In person: co-writer/co-producer Guillermo Del Toro, actress Bailee Madison and director Troy Nixey!
In comic-book artist Troy Nixey’s (creature) feature debut, an emotionally troubled young girl (Bailee Madison) is shipped off to Rhode Island to live with her self-involved father (Guy Pearce) and his accommodating girlfriend (Katie Holmes).
Abandonment issues are quickly overtaken by terror when the girl starts hearing voices coming from the creepy old mansion's basement, where a horde of tiny demons with sinister motivations lie in wait. Those around her believe it’s all a figment of the child's overactive imagination, except for the longtime caretaker who's well-versed in the secrets of the house...
Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth) co-wrote and co-produced the movie, which is based on the 1973 telefilm that del Toro considers to be the scariest TV production ever made.
• Image of Katie Holmes from the film courtesy of FilmDistrict and Miramax - photo credit Carolyn Johns
• Photo of Guillermo del Toro at the 2010 Comic Con in San Diego by Gage Skidmore
Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark
Troy Nixey, 2010, USA; 100m
A FilmDistrict release.
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