The first trailer for the Guillermo del Toro-written and produced Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark has been unveiled on MySpace and IGN. Hit the jump to watch it in all its terrifying splendor.
I’m not sure why studios are still using MySpace as an outlet to debut trailers (does anyone use it anymore?), but who cares – Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark looks very cool. As usual with this kind of teaser, it doesn’t really show us much, but what’s there is great. The small glimpses of creatures, and the awesome painting on the wall are fantastically creepy, and everything looks pretty damn scary too. I particularly love the bit with the bedsheets.
The press release describes the movie’s plot as the following:
Sally Hurst (Bailee Madison), a lonely, withdrawn child, has just arrived in Rhode Island to live with her father Alex (Guy Pearce) and his new girlfriend Kim (Katie Holmes) at the 19th-century mansion they are restoring. While exploring the sprawling estate, the young girl discovers a hidden basement, undisturbed since the strange disappearance of the mansion’s builder a century ago. When Sally unwittingly lets loose a race of ancient, dark-dwelling creatures who conspire to drag her down into the mysterious house’s bottomless depths, she must convince Alex and Kim that it’s not a fantasy—before the evil lurking in the dark consumes them all.
Sounds like a wonderful blend of fantasy and horror.
Footage from the movie went down a storm at the San Diego Comic-Con, and apparently the film was written and shot with the intention of a PG-13 rating…only to have it receive a non-negotiable R. Let’s hope it lives up to that level of terror, as we’re in dire need of some good horror. Del Toro’s imagination seems like the perfect place to deliver it from, and maybe this will also kickstart a career for director Troy Nixey; this being his first feature film.
Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark is due out on January 21st 2011, and I can’t wait. What about you guys?