Fear(s) of the Dark (2007)
"Peur(s) du noir" (original title)

Unrated  |   |  Animation, Drama, Horror  |  13 February 2008 (France)
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Several scary black-and-white animated segments in different styles appeal to our fear(s) of the dark.

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Credited cast:
Gil Alma ...
Laura (voice)
François Creton ...
The teacher (voice)
Eric (voice)
Sarah-Laure Estragnat ...
Nicolas Feroumont ...
Narrator (voice)
Arthur H. ...
Narrator (voice)
Christian Hecq ...
The doctor / The samurai (voice)
Christian Hincker ...
Lino Hincker ...
Melaura Honnay ...
Amélie Lerma ...
Florence Maury ...
Adriana Piasek-Wanski ...


Different black-and-white animation techniques tell several scary stories. There's a story of a teenage boy who meets the wrong girl. Another tale deals with a small community where people disappear and are never seen again. Then there's the narrative of a little Japanese girl who suffers from horrible nightmares followed by a tale where a man doesn't get the rest he hoped for in an old not-so-abandoned house. These stories are connected by the story about a man with a devilish smile and four enormous dogs from hell and by a woman's monologue about her fears. Written by Marco van Hoof <k_luifje7@hotmail.com>

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13 February 2008 (France)  »

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$6,103 (USA) (24 October 2008)


$77,876 (USA) (19 December 2008)

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black and white and shades of grey
5 March 2008 | by (France) – See all my reviews

Peur(s) du Noir is essentially 5 short black and white animations interspersed by segments of a woman droning on about her fears, illustrated with interesting animated black and white shapes (I should note, I watched the film in French, and as my French is not perfect, I did not catch everything she said, but got the general impression that she was your typical anxious overachieving yuppie).

The five shorts all used different animation techniques, but were overall pleasingly creepy. There was a cruel aristocrat and his dogs, an Italian village ravaged by a mysterious beast, a budding scientist and his insect specimens, a Japanese girl bullied by classmates/ghosts, and a refugee from a snowstorm shacked up in a Victorian house. This final short was, I thought, the most effective. It was done in pure black and white, and the only light shed in the house (with wonderfully Goreyesque wallpaper) came from a candle the traveller carried with him in his explorations. This allowed for some great reveal moments, and additionally built up the tension extremely well.

Overall, a must see for fans of art-house animation. If it comes to a cinema near you, take the opportunity to see it, because I suspect it will be difficult to find on DVD.

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