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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 »

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... Dale Billings
... Ryan Billings
... Heather Fontaine
... Eric Billings (as Charles Powell)
... Sandy Bilings
... Taylor
Derrick Damon Reeve ... Figure Pulling Young Ryan / Cloaked Tall Figure #1
Charles-Etienne Burelle ... Young Ryan
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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, 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 »

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

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Dale Billings: There's nothing there in the dark that's not there in the light.
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References Amityville: The Evil Escapes (1989) See more »

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Fear of the Dark
Written by Ken Frost
Performed by Diana Baisley
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Scary if you're under 12
15 November 2004 | by See all my reviews

Full of goofy scares and monsters about as dangerous as a pop-up book, this flick would be an excellent after-school special. I can't fathom how this film managed a PG-13 rating when G would have been just fine. Disney has made less innocuous horror movies. The critters, like those in Monsters, Inc., want only to scare the kiddies, perhaps to bottle their screams but we're never really told what the "living dark" creepy-crawlies are there for -- although they do appear to shop in the same stores as the too-cool vampires who prefer sweeping black overcoats.

Tight script? Ha! Maybe for a student film project, this thing rocks. The dialog is stiff and silly, awkwardly sidestepping any swear words with a "gosh" or "darn." The parents are flat, Brady Bunch rip offs and Jesse James' part could have been better brought to life is they had used a marionette. The older brother did a good job; he at least showed some range of emotion.

If there's such a thing as a wholesome horror movie, this is it.


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