History Film / DontBeAfraidOfTheDark

4th Jun '16 1:47:03 PM Mdumas43073
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[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/dontbeafraidofthedark_poster_2061.jpg]]''Don't Be Afraid of the Dark'' is a theatrical remake of the 1973 TV MadeForTVMovie of the same title. The film was directed by Troy Nixey and produced by Creator/GuillermoDelToro. Already finished in 2010, it was shelved in the course of Miramax' sale by Disney and was released on August 26, 2011. It made its round through several film festivals and conventions before release.

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''Don't
Be Afraid of the Dark'' is a theatrical remake of the 1973 TV MadeForTVMovie of the same title. The film was directed by Troy Nixey and produced by Creator/GuillermoDelToro. Already finished in 2010, it was shelved in the course of Miramax' sale by Disney and was released on August 26, 2011. It made its round through several film festivals and conventions before release.
20th Mar '16 3:34:32 PM Ciara25
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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:Alex and Sally get away, but Kim (the true hero of the story) is captured by the homunculi and soon becomes one of them. Also, it's obvious that the people who buy the house next are ''screwed''.]]

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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:Alex and Sally get away, but Kim (the true hero of the story) is captured by the homunculi and soon becomes one of them. Also, it's obvious that the people who buy the house next are ''screwed''.]]''' ''screwed.'' ''']]
23rd Jan '16 5:26:50 PM spirasen
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[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/dontbeafraidofthedark_poster_2061.jpg]]''Don't Be Afraid of the Dark'' is a theatrical remake of the 1973 TV MadeForTVMovie of the same title. The film was directed by TroyNixey and produced by Creator/GuillermoDelToro. Already finished in 2010, it was shelved in the course of Miramax' sale by Disney and was released on August 26, 2011. It made its round through several film festivals and conventions before release.

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[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/dontbeafraidofthedark_poster_2061.jpg]]''Don't Be Afraid of the Dark'' is a theatrical remake of the 1973 TV MadeForTVMovie of the same title. The film was directed by TroyNixey Troy Nixey and produced by Creator/GuillermoDelToro. Already finished in 2010, it was shelved in the course of Miramax' sale by Disney and was released on August 26, 2011. It made its round through several film festivals and conventions before release.
26th Dec '15 8:33:07 PM erforce
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** [[{{Film/Hellboy}} This isn't the first time one of Del Toro's movies featured evil fairies who eat teeth.]]

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** [[{{Film/Hellboy}} [[Film/HellboyIITheGoldenArmy This isn't the first time one of Del Toro's movies featured evil fairies who eat teeth.]]
19th Oct '15 8:28:42 PM 43110
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* BerserkButton: For God's sake, don't give the homunculi ''anything'' other than children's teeth.

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For God's sake, don't give the homunculi ''anything'' other than children's teeth.



* BigBad: The homunculi are this, at first...
** BiggerBad: But it turns out that the Bigger Bad is none other than [[spoiler: Blackwood himself, who was turned into a homunculus.]]

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* BigBad: The homunculi are this, appear to be this at first...
** BiggerBad: But
first but it turns out that the Bigger Bad is actually none other than [[spoiler: Blackwood himself, who was turned into a homunculus.]]



* CreepyDoll: Sally's teddy bear.

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Sally's teddy bear.



* TheFairFolk: The homunculi. The fairy ring Sally finds in the garden pretty much clinches it.

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* TheFairFolk: TheFairFolk:
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The homunculi. The fairy ring Sally finds in the garden pretty much clinches it.



* [[spoiler: FoldSpindleMutilation]]: What happens to Kim at the end.

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* [[spoiler: FoldSpindleMutilation]]: What FoldSpindleMutilation: [[spoiler:What happens to Kim at the end.]]



* ShoutOut: The librarian who gives Kim information on the homunculi asks her if she's ever heard of Creator/ArthurMachen. A notable case, because Machen's writings on fairy folk are cited by Del Toro as the inspiration of the Homunculi's portrayal in the film.

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The librarian who gives Kim information on the homunculi asks her if she's ever heard of Creator/ArthurMachen. A notable case, because Machen's writings on fairy folk are cited by Del Toro as the inspiration of the Homunculi's portrayal in the film.
10th Sep '15 8:20:55 AM Morgenthaler
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* CaptainErsatz: Emerson Blackwood has many similarities to [[Creator/ArthurMachen Arthur Machen's]] character William Gregg, featured in Machen's story "The Novel of the Black Seal." Both were renowned scientists who became obsessed with TheFairFolk, both ended up being laughed out of the scientific community, [[spoiler: and both ended up vanishing under mysterious circumstances.]]

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* CaptainErsatz: Emerson Blackwood has many similarities to [[Creator/ArthurMachen Arthur Machen's]] Creator/ArthurMachen's character William Gregg, featured in Machen's story "The Novel of the Black Seal." Both were renowned scientists who became obsessed with TheFairFolk, both ended up being laughed out of the scientific community, [[spoiler: and both ended up vanishing under mysterious circumstances.]]



* ShoutOut: The librarian who gives Kim information on the homunculi asks her if she's ever heard of ArthurMachen. A notable case, because Machen's writings on fairy folk are cited by Del Toro as the inspiration of the Homunculi's portrayal in the film.

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* ShoutOut: The librarian who gives Kim information on the homunculi asks her if she's ever heard of ArthurMachen.Creator/ArthurMachen. A notable case, because Machen's writings on fairy folk are cited by Del Toro as the inspiration of the Homunculi's portrayal in the film.
14th Jul '15 6:39:44 PM NarniaRanger
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* IronicTitle: If anything, this film ''will'' make you afraid of the dark.

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* IronicTitle: If {{Irony}}: The title; if anything, this film ''will'' make you afraid of the dark.
14th Jul '15 6:37:37 PM NarniaRanger
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* ChangelingTale: A dark version of it; the homunuculi feed off of children's bones, and drag them down into their realm, where the kidnapped child (or adult, as is later shown) [[spoiler: ''becomes one of them''.]]


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* IronicTitle: If anything, this film ''will'' make you afraid of the dark.
8th Jul '15 7:18:12 AM Sharlee
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* [[spoiler: FoldSpindleMutilation]]: What happens to Kim at the end.
21st Jun '15 7:24:20 PM NarniaRanger
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* AllTrollsAreDifferent: Discussed by Blackwood, who believes the various differences in troll tribes are the result of some trolls evolving into different forms, while older ones survived at the same time in isolation.



* DoingInTheWizard: Played with. Blackwood attempts to analyze the Fair Folk from a more scientific/naturalist perspective (he ''was'' a renowned scientist before the narrative starts, after all). To that end, he dismisses the existence of the soul or afterlife, generally interpreting stories of gods as either exaggerated tales of fairy tribes and the idea of humans losing their souls to fairies as being a case of madness. The Fair Folk themselves are theorized by Blackwood to be just a separate, sapient species that evolved apart from humanity (prepatinf humans, even).

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* DeathOfTheOldGods: Blackwood believes that Ragnarok already happened, but while the world is still intact, the Norse gods (whom he believes to just be a powerful fairy clan) were killed off.
* DoingInTheWizard: Played with. Blackwood attempts to analyze the Fair Folk from a more scientific/naturalist perspective (he ''was'' a renowned scientist before the narrative starts, after all). To that end, he dismisses the existence of the soul or afterlife, generally interpreting stories of gods as either exaggerated tales of fairy tribes and the idea of humans losing their souls to fairies as being a case of madness. The Fair Folk themselves are theorized by Blackwood to be just a separate, sapient species that evolved apart from humanity (prepatinf (predating humans, even).even).
* HistoricalHilarity: The Saxon Wars were started when the invading army burned down a sacred tree that was home to a fairy queen.



* ScrapbookStory: The book is made of excerpts from Blackwood's diary, along with pages from his guide on dangerous fairies, coupled with a couple other documents relevant to the story, notably, a [[spoiler: document from the Catholic Church that was part of a DealWithTheDevil they made with the homunculi).

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* OurGhostsAreDifferent: According to Blackwood, ghosts are just malevolent fairies who take on the forms of deceased humans in order to torment those who are grieving. Note that in European lore, the line between ghosts and fairies was not as clear as it is now, while East Asian countries like Japan still have the line blurred.
* ScrapbookStory: The book is made of excerpts from Blackwood's diary, along with pages from his guide on dangerous fairies, coupled with a couple other documents relevant to the story, notably, a [[spoiler: document from the Catholic Church that was part of a DealWithTheDevil they made with the homunculi).homunculi.]]
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