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Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark Blu-ray Review

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“Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark” is a classic TV movie.

TV movies tend to have a less than stellar reputation, but 1973’s “Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark” is a respected title (especially in the horror genre). The 2010 theatrical remake was fairly solid as well. Anyway, this ABC movie of the week revolves around a married couple (Sally and Alex) who move into a mansion that once belonged to Sally’s grandparents. Sally explores a room with a closed off fireplace. She pries it loose (after being warned not to) and unknowingly sets something free. That something appears to be little creatures that dwell in the darkness. Weird things begin to happen to Sally at her new home and she also starts to hear voices. Is she cracking up (like Alex believes) or are there really creatures out to get her?

Over the course of a brisk 74 minutes, the John Newland directed “Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark” grabs the viewer’s attention with its eerie atmosphere, effectively creepy lighting, and chilling creatures. Sure, the Nigel McKeand scripted story itself is nothing original and the 70s movie is no doubt dated in appearance and style, but those are minor quibbles. At the end of the day, the movie does what it sets out to do and even contains a rather bold ending.

The acting admittedly isn’t the best, but the cast is decent enough. The main stars here are Kim Darby (of “True Grit” fame) and Jim Hutton. The characters strained relationship is about the most characterization you’ll see in this movie, but it does pair well with the creature antics from a storytelling perspective.

Note: You can order “Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark” here: https://www.wbshop.com/collections/warner-archive-new-releases/products/dont-be-afraid-of-the-dark-bd

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.33:1 1080p. How does it look? In a word, pristine. The movie has never looked better.

Audio Track: 2.0 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? An effective 2.0 track.

Extras: Two commentary tracks. One new track by TV movie expert Amanda Reyes and the other featuring Uncle Creepy (AKA Steve Barton), Jeffrey Reddick and Sean Abley. The Reyes track is very enthusiastic, talkative and informative. The other track is also a fun and more laidback listen.

October 29, 2019 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , , ,

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