Afraid of the Dark (1993)

Afraid of the Dark (1993)





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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
Documentary , Drama , Horror , Mystery & Suspense
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James Fox
as Frank
Fanny Ardant
as Miriam
Star Acri
as 1st Girl at Wedding/Cemetery/Jane
Niven Body
as Ice Cream Man/Shop Owner
Frances Cuka
as Mrs. Dalton
Gerard Dimiglio
as Wedding Guest/Policeman with Walkie Talkie
Jeremy Flynn
as Jim Gilbert
Niven Boyd
as Ice-Cream Man
Laurence Harrington
as Mr. Lewis/Man with Centerfold
Oona Howard
as Georgia/Girl on Embankment
Rosalind Knight
as Edith Simpkins
Hilary Mason
as Basement Woman
Catriona MacColl
as Blind Woman at Reach Out House
Daniel Andre Pageon
as Wedding Guest/Policeman at Lucy Trent's
Colleen Passard
as Nurse With Knitting
Lola Peploe
as 2nd Girl at Wedding/Cemetery
Struan Rodger
as Window Cleaner
Gwyneth Strong
as Blind Mother with Baby
Jean Serret
as Blind Man at Reach Out House/Bob
Ed Stobart
as Guest Who Toasts/Police Driver
Frederick Treves
as Eye Surgeon
Gwynneth Strong
as Blind Mother with Baby
Cassie Stuart
as Red Head/Centerfold Woman
David Thewlis
as Tom Miller/Locksmith
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Critic Reviews for Afraid of the Dark

All Critics (4)

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Full Review… | March 25, 2009
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Full Review… | January 25, 2006
Time Out
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May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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

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December 6, 2005

Audience Reviews for Afraid of the Dark


I did not have high expectations for this movie and purposely did not read any reviews before watching it. It started out good and the young actor Ben Keyworth blew me away with his performance. The movie can be broken down into three parts. Typically a movie has a beginning, middle, and end. The directors three parts are more like three parts in each part (3 * 3 = 9 parts). The first part starts with young Lucas being helping blind people who are stoked by a slasher who is praying on them until he slays the fiend. Then, without warning, the second part starts with Lucas going blind and everyone else, well, not blind. Then the third part, Lucas becomes the fiend that he slayed in the first part. This movie had a lot of potential as a study of a young person who is slowly going blind and the effect it has on his childhood. A remake of this movie might be interesting, but for this version, the best thing was Lucas' [size=-1]voyeurism phase [/size]as he watched Rose (Clair Holman) pose nude for a photographer on a merry-go-round horse, but then it turned sick because in part 2, you find out Rose is his sister. Now that is messed up.

Woody Woodrow
Woody Woodrow

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.

laurie e
laurie e

(*** 1/2): [img][/img] A very good movie. Atmospheric and suspenful. The first half reminded me a lot of the mood I experienced with [i]Lady in White[/i] (1988) but then the film goes into several other directions that I was not expecting. It is filled with many double meanings, symbolism and imagery that I still do not think I completely understand (or maybe that is part of the film's deeper discovery: more viewings and discussions). Many people have commented that it is a boring film but I was truly involved throughout due to the compelling performances, story, and direction. Highly recommended for persons who would like to see a "thinking movie" or a movie where you must discuss it afterwards.


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