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Afraid of the Dark (1991)

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
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Lucy Trent
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Locksmith / Tom Miller
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Lucas
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Blind Woman
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Basement Woman
Sheila Burrell ...
Meg
Star Acri ...
1st Girl at Wedding
Niven Boyd ...
Ice-Cream Man
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Tess
Frances Cuka ...
Mrs. Dalton
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Lucas is a little boy who's going blind. The only thing that could save his eyesight is a risky eye operation that could either fix his eyes or blind him for good. Scared, lonely and half-blind, he lets his subconscious fears and desires and grim imagination run loose. He spends a lot of his time spying on people and visiting the local graveyard and the mausoleum. He starts seeing a creepy serial killer everywhere in town, who goes after blind women and stabs them in the eyes. Lucas doesn't tell anyone about this, not even his police officer father. He also starts seeing other people, who are not blind, as if they were blind. Lucas also develops an unhealthy interest in his much older stepsister, who is about to get married and leave their family home, and becomes jealous of her husband to be. Things culminate when he sees a dog he believes to be rabid, and when his pregnant mother finally gives birth to his baby sister. Can Lucas return from the brink of sanity and what, if anything,...

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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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Angst vor der Dunkelheit  »

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Feature film directing debut for Mark Peploe. See more »

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References Ghostbusters (1984) See more »

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Que Sera Sera
(Jay Livingston (as Livingston)/Ray Evans (as Evans))
Performed by David Shields
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Defending "Afraid of the Dark"
26 June 2004 | by (San Jose, CA) – See all my reviews

Psychological horror stories often rely on clichéd images and stories to evoke terror from the audience. A notable exception is the film "Afraid of the Dark" which stars Ben Keyworth as an 11 year old boy who struggles with morbid fears of going blind, as well as fears of a stalker in the streets of London who preys on the blind. This moody thriller has a convoluted story and abstract pace that make it difficult to decipher, but the movie is worth the effort due to it's subtle horror that is mesmerizing! This one ferments in the psyche long after viewing. Keyworth is joined by a strong cast including Fanny Ardent, and James Fox, but Keyworth is the true strength of the film. His intense demeanor is riveting!


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