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Fear of the Dark (2002)

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"Nine year old Brian 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 Brian 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. Brian 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 Brian had good reason to be so afraid!"

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Review Date: 23 October 2003 My Rating: out of 5


This Canadian film stars Kevin Zegers of 'Wrong Turn' fame (and the forthcoming 'Dawn of the Dead' re-make) as Dale Billings, who is left to watch his younger brother Brian one night. Ok, sounds easy enough, but Brian suffers from an acute fear of the dark, and with good reason.

Tackling the same subject matter as the recent 'They' and 'Darkness Falls', (but according to one British journalist's review much better), the film acts as an excellent example of less is more.

Set over one night in one house with only two main cast members and three supporting characters, Director K.C. Bascombe achieves what many main stream film makers cannot due to 'too many crooks' syndrome.

Basically, it is the same old same old as no-one believes Brian's claims, when he tells them that something lives in the dark.....until they are forced to believe him in the most horrible ways imaginable!

Whilst the film works mainly due to the acting capabilities of Kevin Zegers and Jesse James as Dale and Brian respectively, they are suitably aided by the very beautiful and talented Rachel Skarsten.

The film also benefits greatly from K.C. Bascombe's competent direction, wonderful lighting and cinematography and good effects work on the villains of the piece.

In the end however, despite a nasty twist, the film is hampered greatly by the competition. 'They' has been out for less than a year and 'Darkness Falls' only hit Video and DVD last week in the UK and is doing well, which means people will be far too critical of this if they even bother to watch it, as it will be sadly dismissed as a rip-off.

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