Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (brand-new HD restoration!)

Would you believe us if we told you there was a time, not so long ago, when broadcast television produced great and scary original horror films? It’s true; Friday Night Frights would never lie to you! To prove it, we’re screening the landmark 1973 movie-of-the-week chiller Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, about a young woman who inherits her recently deceased grandmother’s house, only to discover that the old place has a nasty pest problem: disturbing, murderous miniature demons who only show their hideous, twisted visages at night. This truly creepy slice of classic telly stars Kim Darby (from the original True Grit), and marks one of the final performances from workhorse character actor/Preston Sturges regular William Demarest (The Lady Eve, Sullivan’s Travels). Though the film was released theatrically in Europe under the name Nightmare, presenting it on the big screen is a wonderful and rare treat that only enhances the film’s sense of itchy dread — plus, we’ll be screening Warner Brothers’ brand-new HD restoration. So come gasp, shriek and soak in the vintage terror before the Guillermo del Toro-produced studio remake of Don’t Be Afraid… hits theaters this summer!
Dir. John Newland, 1973, DigiBeta, 74 min. (Re-mastered archival video [from the long-lost camera negative] courtesy of the Warner Archive Collection)

Watch our trailer for “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark”!