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Guillermo is Afraid

Jul. 30, 2008by: Mike Sampson
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Guillermo del Toro is teaming up with Miramax to produce a remake of the 1973 made-for-TV film DON'T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK. Troy Nixey, a comic artist-writer who frequently collaborates with Mike Mignola (a frequent collaborator with del Toro), will make his directorial debut with the film. The original story followed a married couple who move into an inherited Victorian mansion. Once there they accidentally unleash demonish creatures who terrorize them during their stay. Del Toro's vision is expected to instead focus on a young girl sent to live with her father and his girlfriend. Del Toro will take a hand in helping create some of the freaky creatures in the film and is writing the script along with Matthew Robbins (MIMIC). It is to note that the film is in the very early stages and could be in development for some time (especially with del Toro busy with all that HOBBITness). AFRAID would be the first horror film for the revamped Miramax, which has centered on more dramatic, Oscar-y fare.

Extra Tidbit: The original film premiered on ABC in October of 1973.
Source: Variety

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8:55PM on 07/30/2008
Del Toro is the man, but "haunted house" movies never really scare or entertain me. Here's hoping he can breath some new life into this premise.
Del Toro is the man, but "haunted house" movies never really scare or entertain me. Here's hoping he can breath some new life into this premise.
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8:15PM on 07/30/2008
don't be afraid of the dark...because there's no money in the budget for lighting
don't be afraid of the dark...because there's no money in the budget for lighting
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8:02PM on 07/30/2008
Years ago, this movie scared the $#!+ out of me...and I hope that any remake can live up to my memories (and memories are all I've got, 'cause it ain't on DVD).

And some advice for Hollywood:

CGI isn't scary (the rubber door in the original 'The Haunting' is scarier than any CGI I've seen).

Loud noises aren't scary (the same way that someone screaming in your ear isn't scary, it's just startling).

Gross isn't scary (it's just, well, gross).
Years ago, this movie scared the $#!+ out of me...and I hope that any remake can live up to my memories (and memories are all I've got, 'cause it ain't on DVD).

And some advice for Hollywood:

CGI isn't scary (the rubber door in the original 'The Haunting' is scarier than any CGI I've seen).

Loud noises aren't scary (the same way that someone screaming in your ear isn't scary, it's just startling).

Gross isn't scary (it's just, well, gross).
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12:56PM on 07/30/2008
As a kid, this movie gave me nightmares for years after watching it. It had a very high creepy factor. Let's hope that they make something worthy of the original and not a lame remake.
As a kid, this movie gave me nightmares for years after watching it. It had a very high creepy factor. Let's hope that they make something worthy of the original and not a lame remake.
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12:42PM on 07/30/2008
if it says del toro, i'm sold.
if it says del toro, i'm sold.
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11:22AM on 07/30/2008

We'll see...

This movie scared the holly heel out of me when i was 12. i found a bootleg two years ago, and it scared the holy hell from me again. while i'm interested to see what they do with it, i'm afraid it'll never have that good old fashioned made for t.v. scare factor. Movies just aren't scary anymore...
This movie scared the holly heel out of me when i was 12. i found a bootleg two years ago, and it scared the holy hell from me again. while i'm interested to see what they do with it, i'm afraid it'll never have that good old fashioned made for t.v. scare factor. Movies just aren't scary anymore...
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