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  • Actors: Jesse James, Linda Purl, Charles Powell, Kevin Zegers, Rachel Skarsten
  • Directors: K.C. Bascombe
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Screen Media
  • DVD Release Date: September 8, 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002HXVTC6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #184,130 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Over all a pretty good scary movie.
Jay
Again, regardless, congratulations to the movie for making someone edgy who just doesn't ever get edgy from watching horror films.
Jonathan Appleseed
I would say about 1 in 20 horror movies are worth buying or even watching at all and this is the one that is.
Patricia Honts

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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful By David Girod VINE VOICE on September 8, 2004
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I just sat through "Night of Komodo", "Python" and "Savage Island", all direct to video horror, all lousy beyond definition, and so I figured what the hell?.....might as well pop in "Fear of the Dark", I mean if i could make it through "Savage Island" everything else will be Macbeth by comparison. "Fear of the Dark" starts off pretty well, with a kid retrieving a lost baseball in a dark basement, and just sort of carries you along on a cool little thrill ride where things really do go bump in the night. The young actors really do a good job, and the movie does a pretty decent job of building suspense in several parts. If you liked "Clownhouse", then you should enjoy "Fear of the Dark" as well. No gore, no nudity and very little profanity also makes "Fear of the Dark" a kid-friendly horror film (if there is such a thing in our politically correct world anymore??) and would be perfect for your teen's next slumber party.
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32 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Appleseed VINE VOICE on July 5, 2004
Format: DVD
This isn't a terrific movie by any stretch. There are more than a few laughable scenes and silly, ridiculous occurrences. We laughed out loud when Kevin Zeger's character, Dale, was smoking. Like Clinton (*cough*) he didn't inhale, although he took several drags on the cigarette. My question for that scene is: why bother having the kid smoke if he's not going to inhale? Obviously Zeger doesn't smoke, and for that I applaud him, as so many actors and actresses in Hollywood do.
Regarding the silly occurrences. Say you're a father with a child that has a terrible fear of the dark. Would you:
a) Put a number of floodlights where they could be easily reached, say a chest in an open area, or
b) Put them in a dark attic?
Of course the movie chose "b".
Regardless, I was immensely surprised when I found myself trapped in suspense. There were moments of dramatic tension that actually made me a little nervous (perhaps even a little scared, although I never jumped), and when the movie was over, and I walked into my office (being 1:00am, my entire condo was dark, and my office darker than any other area) I really did take a tiny "gulp" until the light turned on. The same for returning to bed - until the light on my nightstand was turned on, I was somewhat on edge
Given the movie's obvious flaws, this made me more than a little embarrassed. But like I said, they handled some of the scary scenes quite well, even though I rolled my eyes during the stolen scene from the Frighteners. That was unnecessary. I can't imagine why they chose to write that scene into the script. Again, regardless, congratulations to the movie for making someone edgy who just doesn't ever get edgy from watching horror films.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Steven Hedge on September 21, 2007
Format: DVD
Okay, I'll admit right off that his film has plenty of silly nonsense in it, moments of bad acting, and poor dialogue; however, there is also plenty to enjoy too.

This story of an older child with an obsessive fear of the dark is enjoyable in spite of it's obvious flaws because we can all relate to this time period in our lives when we feared the "thing under our bed" and the "monster in the closet." Nearly every child has had a fear of the dark at some point in his or her life. This film exploits that fear and does so rather well.

We can also relate to the sibling rivalry and sibling love apparent in this film. The acting can be stiff in places and feel forced, but in most other places it is surprisingly sincere. I blame the director for this inconsistency more than the actors who can obviously act. It's the director that fails to get the best out of them on a few occasions.

By the way, the mother is played by the ageless wonder Linda Purl who was a television stable for two decades and most remembered as Andy Griffth's daughter on the series "Matlock" (sorry, no link as it hasn't been released on DVD yet). In any event, when you see her, you'd swear you were looking at an older, but still beautiful Charlize Theron.

Well, moving right along . . . The storyline is rather clever in spite of the "been there done that" feel to it. The dialogue is less than clever and certainly isn't consistent in quality as it ranges from sweet, sincere, and believable to corny, phony and clichéd. The actors again should be given credit for delivering these lines as best as they could.

The atmospheric direction, photography, and setting are where this story really excels. Nearly every room, closet, mirror, and corner has something lurking in it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S.M. on March 4, 2006
Format: DVD
Although this is not a true horror flick or slasher flick, it was good for being rated only PG-13. I've gotten into the habit of not renting PG-13 movies because I love the gore and violence and terror of true horror movies that are rated R. However, I rented this movie because the box made it look scary. There are some suspenseful scenes in this movie as we see a young boy who is terrified of the dark.No one understands his fears, even his parents. One night, while the parents went out, the young boy was left home with his older brother. Well, here comes a storm and the lights go out. We get to see monsters/ghosts appear during some pretty good lightning scenes. Without going on and on about the details, I'd just say that I'd recommend renting this film. I was pleasantly surprised for a PG-13 rating movie.
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