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Dead Channels - the San Francisco Festival of Fantastic Film

Don't Be Afraid of the Dark

Directed by John Newland
Cast: Kim Darby, Jim Hutton, William Demarest
USA, 1973, 74 minutes, 16mm film print

Friday, August 10 - 11:30pm at Roxie Film Center

Now you see them, now you don't...now you die.

For the inaugural Dead Channels midnight screening we think it is incredibly appropriate to present a beautiful 16mm print (that preserves the original aspect ratio) of Don't Be Afraid of the Dark. This is the legendary television movie that scared the living Hell out of an entire generation of impressionable latch-key kids when it was first broadcast on ABC television in October 1973. Those who were lucky enough to see it, never forgot it - and now it's your turn!

A neurotic housewife named Sally and her business exec husband move into Sally's family house, a spooky two story Victorian mansion. When Sally starts the redecorating along with her pompous decorator she comes across a locked room in the house. After arguing with the handyman who insists she should leave the room locked, she finally gets the key. But once she opens her father's old study and has the bricks from the fireplace removed, strange things begin to happen.

Sally begins to see small creatures everywhere, but no one will believe her. Her husband dismisses her as neurotic and her friend thinks Sally may be losing her mind. But things take a deadly serious turn when the decorator trips at the top of the stairs and falls to his death. Sally sees a rope laying across the place where he tripped, but when she picks it up to take it; a horrifying little creature pulls it from her grasp. Is she crazy? Or has Sally released demons? - synopsis was written by Philip Berry, posted on the imdb and stolen by us because it's really good.

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