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Fears of the Dark

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It has been hailed as the most visually stunning and unsettling anthology in modern animation history: Artistic director Etienne Robial brings together six of the world s leading comic and graphic artists Blutch, Charles Burns, Marie Caillou, Richard McGuire, Pierre di Sciullo and Lorenzo Mattotti to each create a black and white journey straight into the realm of fright. This is their stark and naked world of phobias, nightmares and shadows, of strange noises, slimy bugs and dead things. It s a creepy, kinky, sometimes funny and always scary ride inside what makes our skin crawl and keeps us awake all night. The lights are off. The fear is real. Do you dare watch it alone?

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  • Actors: Guillaume Depardieu, Brigitte Sy, Nicole Garcia, Aure Atika, Christian Hecq
  • Directors: Etienne Robial
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: MPI HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: October 27, 2009
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002JTMO04
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,912 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Fears of the Dark" on IMDb

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By Robert Beveridge HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on June 23, 2010
Format: DVD
Peur(s) du Noir (Charles Burns et al., 2007)

I will start this off by saying that I love both Charles Burns and Romain Slocombe probably a great deal more than is healthy, so when I saw both names attached to this short (85 minutes) animated French movie, it was a no-brainer that I'd be watching it eventually. And while on some levels it's satisfying, it did feel as if it could have been better, or that what's here would have worked better on the page than it did on the screen.

We are given a number of little stories here, all framed by two different devices (one a narration about fear from a highly neurotic woman, another a wordless animation about an aristocrat and a pack of dogs he's trained to hunt humans). Burns' story appears first, and it's the best of the lot, soaked with Burns' own sexual neuroses that made Black Hole such an amazing read a few years ago. Marie Caillou's adaptation of Slocombe's story follows next, and to her credit, Caillou kept the stark, distressing tone of Slocombe's work intact. (Any Whitehouse fan will know it from the very first frame.) To a one, however, the stories are badly-paced, and while there are some really wonderful tricks in the animation in places, overall it seemed kind of crude. I'd recommend this only for established fans of the artists in question (along with Burns, Slocombe, and Caillou, you also get hits of Blutch, Pierre di Sciullo, Richard McGuire, Jerry Kramsky, Michael Pirus, and Lorenzo Mattotti, though the last only in a directorial capacity); others are likely to be either bored or annoyed. ** ½
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...looks just as good animated as it does on the printed page. easily the standout segment in this anthology, in my own humble opinion.

'fear(s) of the dark' really is a classy production all around, belonging to the school of horror that sinks into your mind and messes with your perceptions of the orderly sunlit world, as opposed to the less introspective hack-and-slash, gore-for-gore's-sake movies that are more likely to plant butts in theatre seats.

beautifully animated in black and white, each segment represents the work and style of a different animator, each of whom is probably better known as a cartoonist. the variety of styles represented is very pleasing to the eye; each very different from the last, yet meshing together rather than working against each other. thematically, each segment deals with fear on a very intimate, very personal level: isolation, persecution, struggle, invasion, betrayal. where does the actual 'dark' begin and our perception of it end? i'll be thinking this one over for a while - with the lights on.

having read the other review (at this time, there is only one) on amazon, i'll admit i was puzzled: isn't this just a horror movie? what's with the politicking? fortunately, that reviewer had no idea what he or she was talking about. this is, to my eyes, an agenda-free film, and hooray for that.

it seems unlikely, in this age of unlimited 'saw' sequels, prequels and knockoffs, that a movie like this could ever be approved for any kind of funding. i'm awfully glad it did, though - it's a keeper.
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If you're looking for fun artistic expression, this is the film for you. Although, the flow of the film is constantly interrupted by small segments of the narrator rambling about what he/she is affraid of. The real issue here is that it doesn't really make any sense. I can't really understand why they felt so inclined to have these segments in their film. However, the stories in the film are original and creepy, even disturbing at some times. I think that amyone can enjoy this film. Just have the fast foward button ready for those annoying segments.
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'Fear(s) of the Dark' is an anthology of commissioned, animated horror tales, and showcases some well-known and perhaps not so well-known creators, depending on how much one knows about the current crop of working illustrators and animators. Like all collections, it has it ups and downs, though I felt that, overall, this is an exceptional film, from both the standpoint of animation and the effectiveness of it's creepy, ghostly tales. Unfortunately, I found the implication of one scene so incredibly distasteful that I cannot recommend this film wholeheartedly.

There are six 'stories' in the film, though one, 'Hungry Dogs', is broken up into four parts, and another, 'Fears', serves as sort of an intermission between the entries, and is a narrator voicing particular fears while geometric forms and odd shapes twist and parade across the screen. The first traditional story, 'Laura', is by Charles Burns, who has a fairly large following in America after the publication of his graphic novel, 'Black Hole'. The interesting thing to me about Mr. Burns is his ability to create a sense of dread - oppressive dread - by juxtaposing normal activities with one bizarre, surprising element inserted at the beginning of the tale and then left to simmer in the reader's, or in this case, the viewer's imagination until the conclusion. 'Laura' is just such a story, and although it suffers a bit from a 'Twilight Zone' ending, there is a psychological element to it as well that only heightens the horribleness.

The next tale, 'Sumako', by Marie Caillou is presented as a Japanese ghost story, and is the weakest of the four conventional stores - a three out of five.
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