Afraid of the Dark 1992 NR CC

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An 11-year-old boy believes that his mother has been targeted by a serial killer who preys upon the blind. The young boy becomes obsessed with his mother's blindness -- and with finding the serial killer who has eluded his policeman father.

Runtime:
1 hour 32 minutes

Afraid of the Dark

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Product Details

Genres Fantasy, Drama, Thriller, Mystery, Horror
Director Mark Peploe
Supporting actors Paul McGann, Clare Holman, Robert Stephens, Susan Wooldridge, David Thewlis, Ben Keyworth, Catriona MacColl, Hilary Mason, Sheila Burrell, Star Acri, Niven Boyd, Tiffany Bryant, Frances Cuka, Gérard Dimiglio, Laurence Harrington, Struan Rodger, Oona Howard, Rosalind Knight
Studio Warner Bros.
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 24 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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Overall, a nice little suspense of a movie.
LARRY
By the time they do clue in, it might be too late.
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It was not shocking or horrifying in the least.
J. B. Hoyos

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 9, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
I enjoy watching a good thriller and decided on this video. Pay attention as there are alot of twists and turns to this very strange little tale of a young British boy and his adventures in the world of grown-ups and what you think is real is often not the case. Mystery and Psychological suspense to say the least! They don't make movies like this anymore.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Charles Tatum on June 4, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
Mark Peploe, one of the Oscar winning screenwriters behind "The Last Emperor," comes up with his own tale of a little boy overwhelmed by his situation, and in the process scares the living daylights out of the viewer.
Ben Keyworth is young Lucas, a morose little boy whose blind mother Miriam (Fanny Ardant) dotes on him. His father, Frank (James Fox), is a cop and Lucas' hero. A madman is running around London slashing the faces of blind women, and the blind community is in a panic. Lucas is a little boy, hardly noticeable, and begins observing prime suspects. The ice cream man, the window washer, the photographer, even the overly helpful locksmith (played by a young David Thewlis), are all under the boy's suspicion. A neighborhood golden retriever is Lucas' only friend and confidant, and eventually Lucas has a showdown with the slasher, stabbing him in the eye with his trusty knitting needle...and then the film does a complete 180!
We find out Lucas was only imagining the first half of the film. The characters from the first half were not blind at all. Instead, it was Lucas who is slowly losing his sight. The day of his older half-sister's wedding, he is shunted aside. His mother goes into labor at the reception, and everyone forgets the poor little boy. Lucas still has the trusty dog Toby along, but his imagination gets the best of him. Toby is killed, and Lucas sets his next target as his new baby sister with the pretty blue eyes everyone comments on.
Ben Keyworth, as Lucas, is incredible. Some might see his delivery as flat and monotonal, but I thought his cold exterior was perfect. You will feel sorry for him, even in the throes of the madness that grips him in the latter part of the film.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "lex_of_the_cherubum" on January 19, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
Every so often a movie comes around that is different that the usual sludge that passes through our VCRs. More often than not, these films are foriegn. "Afraid of the Dark" is no exception... it is a mystery from the word "Go" and does an excellent job at showing how a child's mind can be traumatized by the vicious acts of a local serial killer who targets blind women (a particularly frightening scene is when the boy, Luke, stabs the offender in the eye).
This movie has all the eye-candy eeriness of movies like "The Shining", "The Omen", "The night of the living dead" and others, but it contains not one iota of anything paranormal.
Whatever your taste in movies, I'm sure you'll all agree that this tale is more than it seems.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amber Faulk on October 14, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
Afraid of the Dark is creepy and fun,scary and creative.It's premise centers around a young boy living in a neighborhood terrorized by a killer who targets blind women.I like this movie because it shows a different side of children's mind and the story line is very original.
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Format: DVD
This review is for the Image release of "Afraid of the Dark," a very bizarre and twisted film of psychological horror. I may have enjoyed the film more if Image had provided English subtitles for the hearing impaired. Though the picture quality was excellent (presented in its 1.66:1 theatrical aspect ratio), the audio was weak; I had difficulty understanding what some of the British stars were saying. On numerous occasions, the child, Lucas, spoke barely above a whisper. Furthermore, Image didn't provide a trailer or any commentary.

"Afraid of the Dark" is very creepy, with strong gothic elements. The strange little boy, Lucas, lives next to a fog-enshrouded cemetery where much of the action takes place. What begins as a slasher thriller in the vein of an Italian giallo becomes a tragic study in psychological horror; the viewer learns that one of the main characters is mentally disturbed and on the verge of committing murder. Their fear of being forever trapped in darkness has driven them to the brink of insanity.

I was rather disappointed upon discovering that "Afraid of the Dark" was not a typical mystery. I was also disappointed with the ending. It was not shocking or horrifying in the least. Instead of ending with a scream, it ended with a yawn. I expected a truly terrifying ending like the one in "The Other." However, there are some moments of genuine tension. This film reminded me of the classic "Wait Until Dark" and "See No Evil," which are far more superior in regards to blind women being terrorized. This is a movie that you definitely want to rent before purchasing; a late night viewing is also recommended, unless you are afraid of the dark.
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Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Modest little film that communicates all of its developments well ahead of time. Well crafted and performers deliver well, but - again - it is not REALLY scary. More of a type of thriller sort is what it is. A passable view, but not overly engrossing.
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