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Fear of the Dark (2003)

 -  Horror  -  9 March 2004 (USA)
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Twelve year old Ryan Billings has been diagnosed with an acute fear of the dark. He spends each night lying awake in torment, waiting and watching as the evil in the darkness grows stronger... See full summary »

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Twelve year old Ryan Billings has been diagnosed with an acute fear of the dark. He spends each night lying awake in torment, waiting and watching as the evil in the darkness grows stronger, feeding off his fear. His older brother Dale, suspects that there is nothing wrong with Ryan and that this is just a ploy for more attention. Regardless, he promises to watch over his little brother as their parents head off to a party for the night. Outside a storm rages and when the power goes out, darkness envelops the house. Ryan knows that tonight the evil has finally come to claim him. Dale desperately tries everything to try and calm him down, until the horrors in the dark make him realize Ryan had good reason to be so afraid! Written by Jocelyn Throop

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Once you believe... you're dead! See more »

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Dale Billings: There's nothing there in the dark that's not there in the light.
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Do Not Let Fear Dominate You!
20 August 2004 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

Ryan Billings (Jesse James) is a twelve years old boy having trauma with dark, after a prank of his friends. His protective parents Sandy (Linda Purl) and Eric Billings (Charles Powell) do not let him alone in the night, and their house has many emergency lights. Sandy and Eric have an important party at night and they are reluctant to go, but in the end, Ryan stays at home with his seventeen years old brother Dale (Kevin Zegers), who listens to his fears of the dark things along four hours along a storm followed by a blackout. Suddenly weird things happen in the Billing's home.

"Fear of the Dark" is really a scary low budget movie! The story sets place in a house most of the time, and explores the psychological factor of the common fear of the dark that children (and some teenagers) have, using limited special effects. The excellent screenplay and direction are supported by the great performances of the young cast with the promising actor Jesse James, of "The Butterfly Effect", and Kevin Zegers. This underrated gem must be discovered by fans of simple but intelligent screenplays. I saw this film for the first time on 20 Aug 2004 on VHS, and today (27 Jan 2007) I have just watched on DVD. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): 'Medo do Escuro' ('Fear of the Dark')


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