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Director:
Writer:
Nigel McKeand (written by)
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Release Date:
10 October 1973 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Can you see them, Sally ... hiding in the shadows. They're alive, Sally. They want you to be one of them when the lights go out. See more »
Plot:
A young couple inherits an old mansion inhabited by small demon-like creatures who are determined to make the wife one of their own. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Kim Darby ... Sally Farnham

Jim Hutton ... Alex Farnham
Barbara Anderson ... Joan Kahn

William Demarest ... Mr. Harris

Pedro Armendáriz Jr. ... Francisco Perez (as Pedro Armendariz Jr.)
Lesley Woods ... Ethyl
Robert Cleaves ... Doctor
Sterling Swanson ... Policeman
Joel Lawrence ... George Kahn (as J.H. Lawrence)

William Sylvester ... Tom Henderson
Don Mallon ... Bob

Celia Milius ... Anne (as Celia Kaye)
Elizabeth St. Clair ... Party Guest
Monika Henreid ... Party Guest (as Monica Henreid)
Robert Priest ... Party Guest
Ted Swanson ... Bartender

Felix Silla ... Creature
Tamara De Treaux ... Creature (as Tamara DeTreaux)
Patty Maloney ... Creature
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nigel McKeand ... Demon (voice)

Directed by
John Newland 
 
Writing credits
Nigel McKeand (written by)

Produced by
Allen S. Epstein .... producer
Neil T. Maffeo .... associate producer
Lee Rich .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Billy Goldenberg 
 
Cinematography by
Andrew Jackson (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Michael McCroskey 
 
Casting by
Hoyt Bowers 
 
Production Design by
Ed Graves 
 
Set Decoration by
James Cane 
 
Makeup Department
Michael Hancock .... makeup artist (as Mike Hancock)
Bruce Jossen .... hair stylist (as Jossen)
 
Production Management
Neil T. Maffeo .... executive production manager
Ted Swanson .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Nathan Haggard .... second assistant director
Ted Swanson .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Horst Grandt .... property master
 
Sound Department
Victor Guarnier .... sound effects editor
Charles T. Knight .... production sound mixer (as Charles Knight)
Jack Wheeler .... sound effects editor
Bill Wistrom .... sound effects editor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
John L. Black .... key grip (as John Black)
Tom Hayes .... electrical gaffer
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Patricia Norris .... costumer
 
Editorial Department
Gene Fowler Jr. .... editorial supervisor
 
Music Department
Joe Tuley .... music editor
 
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Julie Waxman .... production coordinator
 

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Also Known As:
"Nightmare" - Europe (English title) (video box title)
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Runtime:
74 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Iceland:16 | Norway:16 (video rating) | USA:Unrated

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Trivia:
The role of Alex Farnham was originally to be played by George Hamilton.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: (at around 1h 5 mins) When the creatures cut the electric cable and plunge the house into darkness, when Joan is outside trying to get back into the house after looking at the fuse box, it's daylight out - or at least twilight. However, just a few moments earlier, when she was in the bedroom with Sally and looked out the window, it was very dark outside, clearly night time. At the same time that this action is happening, Alex is driving back to the house with Mr. Harris, and it's clearly night. But as Joan is circling the house to get in, you can see sunlight casting shadows on the house and on the ground behind her.See more »
Quotes:
First Creature:Don't hurt her!
Second Creature:But I want to!
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in They (2002)See more »

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46 out of 54 people found the following review useful.
Old School Scary, 25 October 2004
Author: xshitz from Majenta supersonic jet

When I was a kid I watched television every day until I was absolutely saturated with popular culture. Although I was an athletic youth, I ran home each day after school to catch the afternoon movie on Detroit's ABC affiliate on Channel 7. I have never forgotten seeing the film Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, about a young couple who move into the large rambling home once owned by the woman's grandmother. Something sinister once lurked the basement, but had been sealed within the fireplace by bricks stacked four deep -- the door giving onto the ash bin had been bolted shut. Evil subdued.

However, the first thing that happens when the young couple take over the house, is the wife wants to turn this grungy dank room into her home office. And she just has to have that damned fireplace cleared out and working. An aged handy man warns her against "meddling with things you don't understand," but she doesn't heed him.

Remember, there would be no such thing as horror movies if there weren't stupid people.

Sally, the wife, managed to undo the bolt on the ash bin door. That's all the evil needs to be unleashed through the house in the form of tiny raisin-headed ghouls who look like Smurfs gone bad.

The movie hit me like a piledriver when I was eight years old. It scared the absolute shite out of me. Last night I borrowed this film from a friend, seeking to demystify it. I'm just after watching the film for the first time in twenty five years, and I have to say that this cheesy little horror knock-off still does the job. I don't think it'll keep me up tonight as it had when I was a kid, but the story's simplicity, particularly its makeshift special effects, came off quite effectively.

I've never seen the film on the shelf in a video shop. But if you do come across and are looking for a nostalgic thrill, I think Don't Be Afraid of the Dark is what you're looking for.

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