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Afraid of the Dark (1991)

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A little boy, obsessed with blindness and violence, slowly gets trapped in his own delusions.

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Frank
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Miriam
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Tony Dalton
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Rose
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Dan Burns
Susan Wooldridge ...
Lucy Trent
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Locksmith / Tom Miller
Ben Keyworth ...
Lucas
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Hilary Mason ...
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Sheila Burrell ...
Meg
Star Acri ...
1st Girl at Wedding
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Ice-Cream Man
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Tess
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A young boy, facing impending surgery on his eyes to try to stave off blindness, wanders his quiet London neighborhood. The only problem is he believes that a slasher is stalking blind women. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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You can't escape what you can't see.


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Rated R for violence and a scene of sensuality | See all certifications »

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22 January 1992 (France)  »

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Feature film directing debut for Mark Peploe. See more »

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Confusing, but has its moments
6 February 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I do agree with several of the reviews, in that the story is choppy, and the perspective of the boy, played by Ben Kwyworth, is often disjointed and patchy.

However, there are a few intriguing scenes, and interesting cinematography. What does the world look like to a blind person? What does it feel like? I imagine that was a point the director was attempting to get across.

Yes, the scene with the golden retriever, Toby was awful. But can a blind person imagine that, the dog jumping through the window was possibly a menace? If he were indeed blind, this could be possible.

The wedding scenes were annoying and not really essential to the film. A few strange scenes where the boy is friendly with the young bride Rose, and he sees how she is patronized, as the ice cream man stares down her dress and tells her to eat all her ice cream as it will fill her out (She, being blind, is unaware her blouse is partially open).

This is not a bad film, if you are patient. Do not expect action and American explosions and violence 8/10.


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