Katie Holmes and Guy Pearce in the Don't Be Afraid of the Dark trailer from Guillemo del Toro

Posted by: Brad Sturdivant

I hate it whenever I see a movie that’s marketed as being “presented” by another director.  It just irks me because obviously if that person wanted to direct the film, they would have.  So if it’s not good enough for them to direct it, then why should I go see it?  In the case of DON’T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK, Guillermo del Toro isn’t “presenting”, so it’s not quite the same thing, but the trailer clearly uses his name to sell the film.  Technically, he had a hand in the screenplay and is a producer.  But, to the studio’s defense, if they hadn’t advertised his name, I wouldn’t be at all interested.  Because it looks like your standard horror film, but with him attached, I have to believe it’s going to be something more.

The film stars Katie Holmes and Guy Pearce and revolves around a young girl sent to live with her father and his girlfriend when she discovers mysterious creatures that want her to join them.  Troy Nixey is directing and the film hits theaters on January 11th, 2011.  Watch the trailer here.

Katie Holmes in Don't Be Afraid of the Dark

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