Afraid of the Dark

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A young boy comes to fear that his blind mother may become the next victim of a serial killer in this complex psychological thriller. Unfolding at first as a traditional suspense tale, the film follows the terrified boy's attempts to determine the killer's identity, a task his policeman father has failed to achieve. Things take a more provocative and puzzling turn when the boy's penchant for fantasy is revealed, forcing the audience to question whether what has been shown has been real or merely a product of the ...
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A young boy comes to fear that his blind mother may become the next victim of a serial killer in this complex psychological thriller. Unfolding at first as a traditional suspense tale, the film follows the terrified boy's attempts to determine the killer's identity, a task his policeman father has failed to achieve. Things take a more provocative and puzzling turn when the boy's penchant for fantasy is revealed, forcing the audience to question whether what has been shown has been real or merely a product of the boy's imagination. As a result, much of the anxiety in Afraid of the Dark emerges not from the violent shocks, but from the uncertain reality and the tantalizing, disturbing hints of the child's psychology. This purposeful ambiguity may strike some viewers as confusing and alienating, despite the film's assured performances and striking imagery.
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All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
A film that is likely to divide people along pretty rigid lines, Afraid of the Dark at least deserves credit for trying to be something different. That won't be enough for many, who will find it much too slow, incredibly confusing and ultimately unsatisfying. But for those who "get" the film, Dark will be a very rewarding experience. Dark is set up to frustrate most of the audience; starting out as one kind of very familiar (and chillingly effective) thriller, it abruptly switches gears entirely in the middle and becomes a psychological study of a very different sort. Those who can deal with this change will find Dark a fascinating study, not only of a young boy in the throes of a difficult psychological situation but of the art of filmmaking itself. Ideas about identity, character, truth, reality and motivation are shaken and questioned in what some will find an absorbing manner. These same people will also probably appreciate a degree of artificiality in portions of the performances and of underplaying by the young lead actor, an appreciation that will not be shared by detractors. Enigmatic and disturbing, Dark is not for everyone, but will be embraced enthusiastically by those with whom it does resonate.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/2005
  • UPC: 014381164121
  • Original Release: 1992
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  • Source: Image Entertainment
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:32:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ben Keyworth Lucas
James Fox Frank
Paul McGann Tony Dalton
Fanny Ardant Miriam
Clare Holman Rose
Robert Stephens Dan Burns
Susan Wooldridge Lucy Trent
Niven Boyd Ice-Cream Man
Sheila Burrell Meg
Frances Cuka Mrs. Dalton
Gerard Dimiglio Policeman with Walkie Talkie, Wedding Guest
Jeremy Flynn Jim Gilbert
Laurence Harrington Mr. Lewis/Man with Centerfold
Rosalind Knight Edith Simpkins
Catriona MacColl Blind Woman
Hilary Mason Basement Woman
Colleen Passard Nurse With Knitting
Struan Rodger Window Cleaner
Ed Stobart Guest who Toasts, Police Driver
Gwyneth Strong Blind Mother with Baby
Cassie Stuart Centerfold Woman, Red Head
David Thewlis Tom Miller/Locksmith
Frederick Treves Eye Surgeon
Technical Credits
Mark Peploe Director, Screenwriter
Caroline Amies Production Designer
Jonathan Benson Asst. Director
Simon Bosanquet Producer
Lucy Boulting Casting
Bruno de Keyzer Cinematographer
Sallie Evans Makeup
Richard Hartley Score Composer
John Markwell Special Effects Supervisor
Jean Nachbaur Executive Producer
Robin O'Donoghue Sound Mixer
Jason Osborn Score Composer
Laurie Parker Executive Producer
Dominique Pinto Camera Operator
Caitlin Rhodes Casting
Mary Richards Production Manager
Sylvaine Sainderichin Producer
Stephen Scott Art Director
Louise Stjernsward Costumes/Costume Designer
Scott Thomas Editor
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Afraid of the Dark
1. Main Title [4:34]
2. The Reach Out House: Meeting Rose [9:25]
3. Another Frightful Attack [10:07]
4. The Cemetery and the Underground [9:35]
5. Toby to the Rescue [5:04]
6. Rose Models [4:17]
7. Wedding Day [7:38]
8. The Reception [4:19]
9. New Vision [4:46]
10. Toby's Last Visit [6:57]
11. Returning to the Scene of the Crime [8:31]
12. Baby Sister Comes Home [4:20]
13. Too Close to Tess [5:43]
14. After the Operation [3:33]
15. End Credits [2:41]
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Disc #1 -- Afraid of the Dark
   Feature Start
   Audio Selection
      Dolby Digital 5.1
      Dolby Surround
      DTS Digital Surround
   Scene Selections
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