It seems like an obvious concept, that horror movies should be scary, but it also seems that most of the ones coming out of Hollywood these days are more interested in gore and/or special effects than in legitimate atmosphere and terror. The only exceptions I can think of recently are Paranormal Activity and Quarantine. But the former is more of an indie than a Hollywood production and the latter was a remake of the Spanish thriller Rec

Which brings us to the upcoming remake of Don’t Be Afraid Of the Dark. If that name only triggers memories of afternoons spent parked in front of the TV with Nickelodeon blaring out at you then you’ll need to prepare yourself for something a bit different. The film follows a young girl sent to live with her father (Guy Pearce) and his new girlfriend (Katie Holmes) in an old Victorian-style home. Their arrival triggers something in the basement that wants a closer look at the girl. This is the feature debut of director Troy Nixey, but he has a pretty experienced pair of hands backing him up… Guillermo Del Toro is the film’s executive producer and the man who shepherded it along through production. The original film is a made-for-TV classic from 1973, and while it doesn’t hold up all that well today it still manages to find more than a few scares.

Check after the jump for the creepiest trailer you’ve seen since Carrot Top’s Chairman Of the Board


It’s only a teaser and the full trailer with dialogue may deflate some of the terror, but as it stands this is looking pretty damn good. The voice at the beginning seems to try a bit too hard at first, but once the images start in the creepiness ramps up. And the bit at the end under the sheets? Even though I knew something was under there with her? Still works beautifully.

But no. I didn’t soil my pants.

Don’t Be Afraid Of the Dark opens January 21st, 2011

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