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Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (1973)

Unrated | | Horror | TV Movie 10 October 1973
A young couple inherits an old mansion inhabited by small demon-like creatures who are determined to make the wife one of their own.

Director:

John Newland

Writer:

Nigel McKeand
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kim Darby ... Sally Farnham
Jim Hutton ... Alex Farnham
Barbara Anderson ... Joan Kahn
William Demarest ... Mr. Harris
Pedro Armendáriz Jr. ... Francisco Perez (as Pedro Armendariz Jr.)
Lesley Woods ... Ethyl
Robert Cleaves Robert Cleaves ... Doctor
Sterling Swanson Sterling Swanson ... Policeman
Joel Lawrence Joel Lawrence ... George Kahn (as J.H. Lawrence)
William Sylvester ... Tom Henderson
Don Mallon Don Mallon ... Bob
Celia Milius ... Anne (as Celia Kaye)
Elizabeth St. Clair Elizabeth St. Clair ... Party Guest
Monika Henreid Monika Henreid ... Party Guest (as Monica Henreid)
Robert Priest Robert Priest ... Party Guest
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Storyline

A neurotic housewife named Sally and her business exec husband move into Sally's family house, a spooky two story Victorian mansion. When Sally starts the redecorating along with her pompous decorator she comes across a locked room in the house. After arguing with the handyman who insists she should leave the room locked, she finally gets the key. But once she opens her father's old study and has the bricks from the fireplace removed, strange things begin to happen. Sally begins to see small creatures everywhere, but no one will believe her. Her husband dismisses her as neurotic and her friend thinks Sally may be losing her mind. But things take a deadly serious turn when the decorator trips at the top of the stairs and falls to his death. Sally sees a rope lying across the place where he tripped, but when she picks it up to take it, a horrifying little creature pulls it from her grasp. Is she crazy? Or has Sally released demons in the house, demons her father summoned? Written by Philip Berry <tr808@home.com>

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A story of something not human See more »

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 October 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gate of Darkness See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Lorimar Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Movielab)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Nigel McKeand stated that the creatures seen are more 'lumbering' than he intended in the script; his version of the creatures were quick, thin, and more demonic. See more »

Goofs

(At around 00:57:30) Mr. Farnum arrives at the house in his car. As he runs out of the car his hands are empty. He enters the house and meets Joan with a briefcase suddenly in his hand. As he starts up the staircase he sets the briefcase down on one of the lower stairs and runs up with his hands empty. When he enters Sally's bedroom the briefcase is again in his hand, and he lays it down on a trunk at the foot of the bed. See more »

Quotes

Creatures: [closing lines] When will they come? When will they come? When will they come and set us free?
Sally Farnham: Of course they will come. You know they will.
Creatures: But when? When? When?
Sally Farnham: Soon. Very soon. We've lots of time. Lots of time. All the time in the world.
Creatures: All the time in the world . Time. Time. Time to set us free again.
Sally Farnham: All the time in the world.
Creatures: To set us free. Set us free. Set us free in the world. Free. Free. Free in the world. Set us free!
[Maniacal laughter]
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Connections

Remade as Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2010) See more »

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A movie that was fun to be scared by
15 October 2005 | by jonesy74-1See all my reviews

What a sadistically weird movie this was! Have you ever thought you saw something out of the corner of your eye, but when you looked directly at it, it wasn't there? Of course, it was in the shadows, so if it really WERE there, you wouldn't know for sure, would you? That's what this movie is about. Small, dangerous things in the shadows. Of course, they couldn't harm you directly... while you were alert... but they sure could mess you up if, say... they strung a rope across the stairs or did something to you in your sleep.

The theme of this movie is, "Did I really see it?" And of course, we know Kim Darby really did, but it was too late when she finally knew forsure.

As a t.v. movie, it was okay - production, setting, acting, special effects and make-up... but the idea of things... lurking... waiting... made your hair stand up and want to exit the room along with the rest of your body.

And what the heck WERE those things, anyway? They lived in the furnace... or BELOW the furnace - we know that for sure. But were they demons? Goblins? Aliens? And was one of them Kim Darby's grandfather? We never know the answer to this. All we know is they're nasty spiteful little things that want to make you one of them. And, I guess, that was the spookiest part of the story - it never let you know the answer. Just made you wonder what sort of ickies could be lurking below YOUR furnace! The spookiest moment is when Kim ticks one of them off and it makes the nastiest face. You really don't want to tick one of these little creepy-crawlers off.

I watched this movie-of-the-week alone at night really late while I was home by myself. Even though I was well into my teens at the time, I was totally weirded out.

The moral of the story, I guess, is that if you don't want evil miniature creatures to drag your wife off to the nether-regions below your furnace, don't be a workaholic and ignore her when she says she's seeing strange nasties in the corners or the room.


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