Writer Guillermo Del Toro and Director Troy Nixey came out to talk about their upcoming remake of the 1970s made for TV film, Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark. Del Toro is the most enthusiastic and well versed director in the horror genre, and a champion of new filmmakers with vision. He profanely cheers this film on, and shows some choice footage to get fans of scary films excited for what looks like the most unique horror film in a long while. See more after the jump!
***Beware some mild spoilers ahead…
The panel opened with a presentation of a teaser trailer. Over black, a frightening voice whispers, “You’re sitting there in the dark. But don’t worry, there’s nothing to be afraid of.” Jarring shots of people looking scared flash across the screen. Then we see a child hiding between the sheets with a flashlight, breathing heavily. As the tension grows, a quick flash of a monstrous face screams right at us.
“WHAT THE FUCK WAS THAT?!?” Del Toro screams. ” I shit my pants…Before I came to the stage, by the way.” It almost seems as if he’s had a few drinks. But he’s certainly having a lot of fun. He continues.”By the way, if there are children in the audience it is already too late, you should leave. This is scary as a motherfucker.”
Guillermo del Toro discusses the original Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, tells us what his movie will be about, and even gives a little advice, among other things.
GDT: I was a little kid when I saw the original movie, it was the golden age of TV movies…and this movie came out of left field. It literally was the scariest movie I saw for many years. My brothers and I would taunt each other with lines from this movie. It almost became a myth of childhood. I couldn’t find anyone who saw it. Finally, I was able to try and get it made. We wrote the screenplay in 97 or 98, and it was very difficult. I wanted to make it contemporary, but stay true to original film, and keep the ending, which is scary as a motherfucker.
GDT: We are not taking anything away from the original, we are not chickening out. We thought we could make it PG-13 without compromising the scares, but the ratings board came to us and gave us an R, which I consider a badge of honor, for ‘Pervasive Scariness.’ We asked if there was anything that could be done, and they said ‘Why ruin a perfectly scary movie? Horror needs to have balls, and those balls need to be sweaty and wrinkled. Seriously, kids need to leave the room.
GDT: The movie is about an ancient chimney in the cellar of an old house, and a girl moves in with her father and his girlfriend, and the things that live in there want to take her down with them. This is an ancient folklore thing, where things come from the center of the earth to steal children. It’s a mixture of fairy tales and horror..
GDT: Comedy has place in horror (Joe Dante, John Landis), but it’s when the filmmakers pretend to be smarter than the material, it becomes post modern and stupid. Fuck you, the material is king!
GDT: I think remaking, if it comes from a place that is creative, some of the best horror movies are remakes. The Fly, by Cronenberg, for example. But when a remake comes from a marketing position, that’s a fucking mistake. But if it comes from a serious examination of a work, then it’s worthy of being made.
GDT: It’s very good for your soul never to break your roots…and little by little, with each of my movies, I try to bring more Mexican people into the process.
Also, check some photos from the Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark panel below:
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