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Afraid of the Dark (1991)

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A little boy, obsessed with blindness and violence, slowly gets trapped in his own delusions.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Frank
... Miriam
... Tony Dalton
... Rose
... Dan Burns
... Lucy Trent
... Locksmith / Tom Miller
Ben Keyworth ... Lucas
... Blind Woman
... Basement Woman
Sheila Burrell ... Meg
Star Acri ... 1st Girl at Wedding
Niven Boyd ... Ice-Cream Man
Tiffany Bryant ... 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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the eyes have it==a beautifully paced, atmospheric film
16 April 2008 | by See all my reviews

Some viewers may be a little confused by parts of this psychological adventure, but remember that the point of view in the film is that of a small boy who is himself confused and fearful. The tension between illusion and reality is sometimes tenuous.

The strongest element in this spooky thriller is its slow-paced atmosphere. It is a quiet film exploring the confused perspective of a boy slowly going blind. Visuals are almost everything here. Abundant close-ups of the boy and the things he sees with his large, fading eyes act as visual hieroglyphs while the child moves slowly through a bizarre series of events both imagined and real. The well-chosen title says it all metaphorically.


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