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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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Now you see them, now you don't...now you die. 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:

Don't Be Afraid of the Dark See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Lorimar Productions See more »
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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

First Creature: Don't hurt her!
Second Creature: But I want to!
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Don't miss this flick
24 April 2005 | by charfazSee all my reviews

Unbelievably creepy. Is this movie on DVD or video anywhere? I haven't been able to get it out of my mind since seeing it in the 70's. Totally 70's gritty cool horror film. We'll probably never see horror made like this again. Especially when dopey heiresses are playing leads in current horror films. Movies, especially horror, have sucked since the early eighties. The film brings you back to a time when people didn't need spit shined, glossy Hollywood film style to be scared. Budgets were limited, so this movie makes do with lighting, shadows, eerie music, and mood. So again, shut out the lights, curl up under a warm blanket, and try not to be afraid of the dark.


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