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Fear of the Dark (2003)

PG-13 | | 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 »


K.C. Bascombe


John Sullivan





Complete credited cast:
Kevin Zegers ... Dale Billings
Jesse James ... Ryan Billings
Rachel Skarsten ... Heather Fontaine
Charles Edwin Powell ... Eric Billings (as Charles Powell)
Linda Purl ... Sandy Bilings
Daniel Rindress-Kay ... Taylor
Derrick Damon Reeve Derrick Damon Reeve ... Figure Pulling Young Ryan / Cloaked Tall Figure #1
Charles-Etienne Burelle Charles-Etienne Burelle ... Young Ryan


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 »



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some terror | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


[repeated line]
Dale Billings: There's nothing there in the dark that's not there in the light.
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References The Evil Dead (1981) See more »


Fear of the Dark
Written by Ken Frost
Performed by Diana Baisley
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1 April 2004 | by rcavelleroSee all my reviews

Ok so I must say that for the most part I was pleasently suprised by this film. I expected a total piece of crap. And this film wasn't that. From the moment you pick up the dvd box in the video store it's kind of silly with some bad artwork and supposed stars lined up on the cover. The only reason me and my friend rented it was because of ultra cute Kevin Zegers of Wrong Turn and Dawn of the Dead fame. But the film is actually quite clever in a family channel kind of halloween night at the movies kind of way. It's the infamous PG-13 horror that digital horror that veers it's ugly head away when it comes even close to showing anything at all. The film doesn't lack suspense but it does lack delivery. Most of the film is just suspense and than nothing really happening until the absurd and contrived ending. The acting is decent with some truly laughable dialogue. but the film is more than watchable for a straight to video flick it almost rings as gold. Well anyways the film is about a young boy and his older brother as they are left in their house on a dark stormy night. the younger brother is terrified of the dark, it's his illness and no one believes him that their are bad hurtful things in the dark. And they're are. But once they show them they kind of loose their hurtful part and just become plain bad. All in all i would have to say 5/10 it's a nice concious effort but in a film like this if u expected more thats your fault. It's a little creepy, a little corny!

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Release Date:

9 March 2004 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada

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Production Co:

Faulkner Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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