Peur(s) du Noir (Fear(s) of the Dark)

2007

Peur(s) du Noir (Fear(s) of the Dark) (2007)

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Critic Consensus: This French animated horror portmanteau is monochrome and minimalist, visually stunning, but light on scares.

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Six of the world's most talented graphic artists and animators come together to breathe vivid life into their greatest nightmares in this animated horror omnibus featuring the work of Blutch, Charles Burns, Marie Caillou, Pierre di Sciullo, Lorenzo Mattotti, and Richard McGuire. Inspired by the creeping shadows that lurk in the darkest depths of each artist's psyche, this monochromatic meditation on the things that make us wake up screaming aims to recreate the atmosphere and mood of an actual nightmare.

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Critic Reviews for Peur(s) du Noir (Fear(s) of the Dark)

All Critics (68) | Top Critics (19)

This French-made chiller proves just how scary a pitch-black theatre can be.

Mar 6, 2009 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Brilliantly creepy.

Nov 14, 2008 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Maybe different things scare the French. But I'll give them this: Prattling monologues can be unsettling.

Oct 31, 2008 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Fear(s) of the Dark is a feast for the eyes, even if it doesn't always get the pulse racing.

Oct 31, 2008 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

The black-and-white images are so cutting edge, you could bleed.

Oct 31, 2008 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
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Sinister and beautiful.

Oct 30, 2008 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Peur(s) du Noir (Fear(s) of the Dark)

½

I fear nothing in the dark, except the creepy narrator. Fear of the Dark live up to it's title, a black and white anthology horror film centred on the worst(?) fears of the animators. However, ti was not scary at all, I only like the first story, the rest bored me to death and didn't make any sense. It is filled with expressionist ideas but failed to present it properly.

Sylvester Kuo
Sylvester Kuo

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½

You should definitely give it a try if you're into short stories, animated movies, and like the Animatrix (which is also a collection of short animations with a shared theme). The last animation is my favorite.

Saskia D.
Saskia D.

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Fear(s) of the Dark isn't the horror film I was hoping for. It's creepy, twisted and dark, but is also distant. It's really a portfolio of work collected by a number of talented animators. Each of the individual tales has a dreamlike quality, allowing the films to avoid any responsibility they may have to tell a story. The artistic skills on display can't be challenged in anyway, but so much more could have been achieved with the expansion of just one story. Certainly worth a look for some imaginative imagery.

Luke Baldock
Luke Baldock

Super Reviewer

I'm the first to admit that I'm both a sucker for short animation and for short horror anthologies. This strange black and white French film combines the best of both worlds. The stories varied in quality, my favorite being the last one about the man taking refuge in a darkened house. One of my favorite things about this film was how different each animated vignette looked, and each director made a short film that looked absolutely beautiful. I found the interludes of Nicole Garcia talking about her neuroses a little extraneous and tiresome, but it was really interesting to see what each director did with thier palette of black and white. I loved the character design of the Japanese story about the girl and the samuria ghost, and I liked the movement in the insect nightmare. The last short film was my favorite though, because it really embodied the title the best. The sparse light added so much to the mood, and made it seem especially alarming when it would illuminate something the main character couldn't see. What a work of art. I wish animation and horror overlapped much more often.

Emily Armstrong
Emily Armstrong

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