Afraid of the Dark (1993)

Afraid of the Dark


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One of mankind's oldest and most pervasive fears serves as the subject of this illuminating documentary. Why is it that when the lights go out, our defenses go up? Did our experiences in the days before electricity leave us hardwired to fear the dark? In this film we discover how bandits in the Middle Ages used the shroud of darkness to launch deadly attacks, and just why our ancestors became convinced that vampires and werewolves stalked the nighttime shadows. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Rating: R
Genre: Documentary, Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense
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Written By: Mark Peploe
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On DVD: Oct 25, 2005


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Critic Reviews for Afraid of the Dark

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Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
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Debut of Mark People (co-writer of Bertolucci's Last Emperor) is a borderline pretentious cerebral thriller, aiming at delving into the inner workings of the mind, but acting by young protag Keyworth and James Fox and Fanny Ardant as his parents is good.

Full Review… | March 31, 2007

Full Review… | December 6, 2005

Audience Reviews for Afraid of the Dark


i don?t even know what to make of this indie film. it?s just the strange imaginings of an 11 year old boy who?s slowly going blind. rather boring, and pointless.


i might rate this higher on a second viewing. really an incoherent jumble of a film, like an octopus playing with mustard in the refrigerator of a hotdog stand on top of a stingray and one of steve irwin's fingers, which is printed in zany portraiture on a cardboard fischer price jigsaw puzzle, the pieces bent and torn but smashed together in a semblence of reality by the austistic secret love child of liza minelli and john bonham, liza 2, who was raised at a center of masonic power in london by a troupe of acrobatic dwarves who are under command of the british royal family to administer the child with mind melds from aleister crowley's brain, which is suspended in a cheap mason jar of amniotic fluid beneath a portable toilet in trafalgar square guarded by low level microwave frequencies that alert a team of mutants named after members of the royal academy in space near planet x when breached.

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