Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark is probably the rare TV movie that actually wasn’t half bad, if not also on the cheesy side, but the atmosphere was well done under John Newland’s direction and a fine performance from Kim Darby.
Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark
— Warner Archive Collection —
Genre(s): Horror, Suspense/Thriller
Warner Archive | NR – 74 min. – $21.99 | October 22, 2019
Date Published: 11/01/2019 | Author: The Movieman
|An old house…a mysterious locked room…a terrifying secret. Elements that make a horror movie memorably chilling get a taut, spooky reworking in Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark. Sally (KIM DARBY) and Alex (JIM HUTTON) are a young married couple who inherit a crumbling mansion. Despite warnings to leave well enough alone in her new home, Sally unlocks the mysterious room, opens a bricked-up fireplace… and unleashes a horde of hideous whispering, murdering mini-demons only she can see and hear.
SPECIAL FEATURES – 2.5/5
Both tracks don’t include anyone involved with the production, so these are more of a historical variety, yet still pretty interesting especially coming from big fans of the horror genre.
VIDEO – 4.0/5, AUDIO – 3.75/5
Warner Brothers releases Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark onto Blu-ray through their MOD Archive Collection program. The film is shown in its originally televised 1.33 full frame aspect ratio and given a 1080p high-definition transfer. The picture does look pretty darn good, detail is decent and there isn’t an incredible amount of grain, although it does have the texture of the TV movie it actually was.
The disc includes a basic but still fine DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono track, the dialogue comes through with good clarity and although there was some minor white noise, all in all it does sound pretty good, especially with it being a made-for-TV movie.
OVERALL – 3.5/5
Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark is probably the rare TV movie that actually wasn’t half bad, if not also on the cheesy side, but the atmosphere was well done under John Newland’s direction and a fine performance from Kim Darby. The Blu-ray released by the Warner Archive Collection offers good video and audio transfers to go along with two interesting audio commentaries.