Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (Nightmare) (1973)
Average Rating: 6.8/10
Reviews Counted: 6
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 2
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Release Date: Oct 10, 1973 Wide
Average Rating: 3.5/5
User Ratings: 799
An old housea mysterious locked room a terrifying secret. Elements that make a horror movie memorably chilling get a taut, spooky reworking in Don't Be Afraid of the Dark. Kim Darby (True Grit) and Jim Hutton (The Green Berets) star as Sally and Alex, young marrieds who inherit a crumbling mansion. Despite warnings to leave well enough alone in her new home, Sally unlocks the mysterious room, opens a bricked-up fireplace and unleashes a horde of hideous, whispering, murdering mini-demons only
Oct 10, 1973 Wide
Pedro Armendariz Jr.
Tamara De Treaux
Ted Adams Swanson
Ethel St. Clair
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Certainly inspirational and occasionally haunting, with great effects, Don't Be Afraid of the Dark is also a bit overlong and padded.
The husband's hostility seems to encourage disaster, and the depiction of the couple's relationship offers something of a preview of what Stanley Kubrick would do with Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall in the early part of 'The Shining.'
If you were a child and saw it for the first time on television some four decades ago, it might have seemed pretty scary.
Sticks to the familiar but he does it in such a way that it's still extremely creepy, a little bit campy and, at times, quite a lot of fun.
Audience Reviews for Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (Nightmare)
- Sally Farnham: You only married me because I'm the perfect hostess.
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