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Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (Remastered, Special Edition) (1973)

Kim Darby , Jim Hutton , John Newland  |  NR |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (202 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Kim Darby, Jim Hutton, Barbara Anderson, William Demarest, Pedro Armendariz Jr.
  • Directors: John Newland
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Archive
  • DVD Release Date: August 23, 2011
  • Run Time: 74 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (202 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,979 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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It's back! The classic TV MOW that continues to cast a spell almost 40 years after it was first broadcast; in a new remastered and enhanced edition. Sally (Kim Darby) and Alex Farnham's (Jim Hutton) marriage has a sinister wedge driven through it; when her occult "imaginings" threaten to derail his career after they inherit Sally's grandmother's house. Also starring William Demarest. Enhanced Content: Superfan commentary track from horror fans and pros Jeffrey Reddick, Steve Barton ("Uncle Creepy") and Sean Abley.

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198 of 202 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THIS MOVIE IS REALLY SCARY!! January 12, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
I remember seeing "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark" on TV when I was a kid. Don't Be Afraid of the Dark was originally made for TV back in 1973. There are movies that stick with you for the rest of your life- this movie stuck with me!! It's the creepiest movie that I have ever seen. I saw it a few years ago on late night TV and it scared me just as much as it did when I was a kid!! Don't Be Afraid of the Dark starts with a young couple inheriting an old victorian style house. They don't know that the house is inhabited by three small demons that are locked in a blocked off fireplace. The caretaker, played by William Demarest(Uncle Charlie from "My Three Sons") warns Sally,played by Kim Darby, that some things are better left alone when she wants the old fireplace opened up. Sally attempts to open the fireplace thus releasing the three small demons into the house.They then want her for thier own. Strange things begin to happen around the house and Sally at first begins to question her own sanity. She sees the demons and her husband Alex, played by Jim Hutton, does not believe her. I think the scariest part of this movie is how vulnerable Sally feels. She cannot feel safe even at a dinner party (she sees one of the demons on her lap under a napkin) The demons cannot stand light and only attack in the dark. I can still hear the whispering whenever I think of this movie. Sally.....Sally......Sally.....Sally..... Don't Be Afraid of the Dark is the creepiest movie ever made. What amazes me the most is that it was made for TV!
See it for yourself....with the lights on!!
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86 of 90 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Creepy is an understatement April 1, 2001
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Format:VHS Tape
Don't Be Afraid of the Dark" is the one movie I have yet been able to complete. By this I mean, when I saw it at seven, I changed the channel as Sally was being dragged into the fireplace. Singularly the most haunting film of my life. If you want creepy, you've got it here. Psychologically disturbing, this "made for tv" movie is one of those that has the ability to stay in your mind for twenty years. The Lovecraftian darkness which surrounds the plot, as well as the haunting physical and vocal images will make a long lasting impression upon you. I was recently able to locate and purchase this film, and it is just as frightening at thirty as it was at seven. Leaving me anxious and jumpy in my own old house. A former Marine, I do not scare easy, but this film has Lovecraft's influence written all over it and if Lovecraft doesn't scare you at any age you haven't read enough. Find this film, buy this film and see this film.
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70 of 74 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sally...we're waiting for you. March 12, 2003
Format:VHS Tape
I remember being a child in the late '70's/early '80's and being afraid to watch this on TV. I'm now 33 years old and finally got the courage. The movie is a little dated but still really creepy. I went to bed shortly after watching it and was hesitant to turn the lights out! I usually laugh at horror movies but this was very effective because of what the viewer doesn't see, rather than what he sees. It's a person's wild imagination that gets him every time. This is the theme for Sally, the main character of the film, and the viewer. I wish this quality thriller would be released on DVD. I would be the first to add it to my collection. The clincher is that it was made for TV. I've never even seen a theatrical release that was this scary.
Sally's husband thought it was mice...WRONG...
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good made-for-TV horror movie from the 70's December 24, 2009
I remember "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark" from the 70's (when i was a kid). I made the 'mistake' (in the not-being-able-to-sleep plus being afraid to go down in my basement) of watching it when i was around 5, and it made such an impression on me (notably, the little green gremlin-like creatures) that at the age of 40, i popped for a copy of this on DVD to relive my childhood freakout, when i saw it was available. I was not disappointed - this is a pretty good made-for-TV film, and achieves a bit of suspense as Sally tries to convince everyone that she's not crazy and is not hallucinating seeing the creatures. There are a couple of minor plot holes (which i won't get into here, at the risk of spoiling stuff from the film) but overall, if you're into 70's horror, this is a pretty good film, if a bit tame by today's standards. The creatures are pretty cool looking. This film would probably be a good candidate for a remake today, with better effects and a bit of a more macabre director's vision.

This is part of the Warner Archives series - made-to-order DVD's in DVD-R form. There are really no extras (other than plugs for other titles in the WB Archives), and the movie chapter stops are in 10 minute increments (not necessarily by scenes) but the transfer itself is actually relatively clean (couple of scratches/etc) and exceeded my expectations, as i hadn't bought any titles in the WB Archives prior to this one.
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39 of 46 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I can not believe the industry has stooped this low with both DVDs and many CDs. No remastering, no officially manufactured product--and something that collectors hate most of all...a format that has a very limited lifespan. All at the inflated price of the real deal. Based on the titles this 'archives' series is releasing, the studio clearly knows people are searching for these titles, but they just want to take the cheapest route to make money off them--selling you something you could make yourself if you have an old copy on VHS and a recordable DVD player...

Even more insulting is the fact that, now that the remake has been released, WB has re-released this as a 'special edition'. A special edition DVD-R???? Really???? Yep, that's what you get. A purple disc DVD-R. Oh, you also get a commentary by a coupla hacks who had nothing to do with the original movie...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Campy but fun.
Published 1 month ago by Rod
2.0 out of 5 stars Not Very Scary
I didn't care much for this movie. It seemed too old and simple and not very scary. I simply was not my movie. Maybe it was great in its day but not today. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Gary Phipps
5.0 out of 5 stars Creepy
I remember when I first saw this on tv and it really scared me. While it seems a bit dated now, it is still a creepy movie. Great to watch late at night in the dark.
Published 1 month ago by C. B.
5.0 out of 5 stars Time Piece
Fantastic! Look far and wide for this movie of my Childhood. It showed up in fantastic condition and on time.
Published 1 month ago by Charles E Bloom
5.0 out of 5 stars Still a thrill after 30 + years!
Like many others I saw this as a child, so as far as anything missing material I cant attest for that. I can say that this played well in my player. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Leo Hott
4.0 out of 5 stars Very pleasantly surprised
I am very pleasantly surprised at the quality of this DVD. I have purchased other old, made for TV movies from sites devoted to such things, and their quality was extremely poor. Read more
Published 1 month ago by handicapped shopper
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good campy movie.really enjoyed it alot.makes you look around when you hear noises in the dark.
Published 1 month ago by ginie walters
5.0 out of 5 stars Kim Darby and Jim Hutton are a great match in this classic horror...
Early childhood memories of a movie that terrified me were finally put to rest once and for all! While this TV movie is old, it has been faithfully transferred to DVD and still... Read more
Published 1 month ago by James V. McKnight
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent classic!
Published 1 month ago by Shannon
4.0 out of 5 stars Let the Light Shine In
Made for tv in 1973, DON’T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK is a chilling tale of terror about a woman named Sally Farnham (Kim Darby). Read more
Published 2 months ago by tvtv3
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