Afraid of the Dark (1991)

R  |   |  Drama, Fantasy, Horror  |  22 January 1992 (France)
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A little boy, obsessed with blindness and violence, slowly gets trapped in his own delusions.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tony Dalton
Dan Burns
Susan Wooldridge ...
Lucy Trent
Locksmith / Tom Miller
Ben Keyworth ...
Catriona MacColl ...
Blind Woman
Hilary Mason ...
Basement Woman
Sheila Burrell ...
Star Acri ...
1st Girl at Wedding
Niven Boyd ...
Ice-Cream Man
Tiffany Bryant ...
Frances Cuka ...
Mrs. Dalton


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 <>

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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)  »

Also Known As:

Angst vor der Dunkelheit  »

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1.85 : 1
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Feature film directing debut for Mark Peploe. See more »


References Ghostbusters (1984) See more »

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Odd and creepy horror film, but ultimately disappointing...
31 October 2007 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

To better understand what the director was attempting to do, I read many of the other posts on this film after watching it--because, clearly, it was a murky way to tell a story about an odd little boy who thinks he might be going blind. Some of the explanations seem valid enough, but that still doesn't make AFRAID OF THE DARK any more than an experimental film that doesn't quite have the payoff intended.

The boy, played by BEN KEYWORTH, wears extra thick glasses and sees the world in a distorted way. It's through his vision that we perceive what's happening, although much of the action is in his mind and is not reality. That's why there are so many layers to get through if you want to enjoy the film.

Frankly, I was annoyed by some of his choices--particularly, the incident involving the dog Toby--and the only character in the story that I could fully relate to was the father, played by JAMES FOX. Well mannered, he seemed an understanding parent but was willing to put up with an awful lot of wrong and downright odd behavior from his son.

Certain elements of the film were original in concept, such as the knitting needles and how they took on a different significance in the final scene, but overall there were many moments that seemed to drag, the pace suffering from bad editing.

Not the sort of film I'd want to watch again and ultimately has to be considered a disappointment for a film that had so much potential to begin with.

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