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Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark

October 25th, 2007 by aunt john · 8 Comments


kim darby vs small tiny chimney monsters
On the surface, Sally Farnham (KIM DARBY) seems to have it all. Married to the overly ambitious Alex, a lawyer desperately trying to make partner at his firm, Sally has the free time to redecorate the ginormous estate she just inherited from her late grandmother. She even has the economic clout to keep a maid, a handyman, and the highly coveted interior designer Francisco Perez, an expert in navy, browns, and candles on retainer. The one thing missing from her seemingly perfect life is a study, a place with enough room for a desk, some filing cabinets, and a fireplace. Judging from the exterior shots, it seems as though Sally could have her pick of over 300 different rooms that could readily satisfy her need for a home office. What Sally wants, Sally gets, and she is hell-bent on quenching her fireplace fixation by redecorating the downstairs study, long abandoned by her late grandfather. Despite repeated warnings from the handyman that, “Some things are better left as they are,” stubborn Sally opens the side panel on the bricked-up (with steel reinforcement no less) hearth. As a result of her one-woman renovation, Sally sends a generation of TV movie watchers scurrying for the light switch when she unleashes three of the creepiest lil’ photophobic demons that look like the California Raisins crossed with Boy George in Taboo make-up


    • The disembodied voices intoning, “Sally… Sally…Sally, we’re waiting for you”
    • Sally’s tug-of-war at the top stairs with the demons after her decorator takes a tumble
    • Sally’s futile attempt at fending off the demons with an Instamatic as they drag her towards the fireplace

    Tags: Telenasties

    8 responses so far ↓

    • 1 dhshoopsNo Gravatar // Oct 27, 2007 at 12:14 pm

      I saw this as a wee lad of 9 when it originally aired and it has stayed with me ever since.

      For some reason, one of the creepiest films I’ve ever seen to this day be it TV or film.

      In many ways, the signature movie for this genre (childhood fears) imo.

    • 2 ericNo Gravatar // Dec 16, 2007 at 12:39 am

      I remember looking in air vents to see if I might see a green faced creature whispering “Sally Sally we want to kill you”.

    • 3 whillyemNo Gravatar // Dec 31, 2007 at 5:04 pm

      Hands Down, The Greatest Childhood Warper To Date!!! It’s NOW My Favorite Horror Movie Of All Time!!! I Cherish My Autographed Picture Of Felix Silla In Full Creature Gear!!! He’s Sitting In The Director ‘s Chair, Smoking A Cigarette Thru The Nose Of The Costume, Since There’s NO Mouth On The Mask!!! Priceless!!!

    • 4 aunt johnNo Gravatar // Dec 31, 2007 at 7:48 pm

      @Whillyem: Care to share a scan of that picture?

    • 5 Amanda By NightNo Gravatar // Sep 8, 2008 at 6:39 pm

      You know, if William Demerest hadn’t been so damn beligerent about the fireplace, maybe Sally would have let it go… Hmmm? 🙂

      Love this movie. It hasn’t aged particuarly well, so it falls into that category of movies to be seen only if you saw it as a kid, otherwise, I think the effect of it all fails on you. A bit like Gargoyles…

      Jim Hutton… so hot.

    • 6 smidget28No Gravatar // Sep 3, 2009 at 6:18 pm

      this movie was creepalicious and scarred me…..I’d love to see it again now, but Netflix doesn’t have it.

    • 7 sirNo Gravatar // Sep 24, 2009 at 3:32 pm

      A made for TV movie, but still scared me when I was a kid. I picked up a bootleg off of Ebay last year  (of course WB finally released a legit version this year) and I still found the movie entertaining and the little creatures quite creepy. Release date: 1973. My birth date: 1970. Once again, I seem to have been the poster child for Kindertrauma!

    • 8 icysugarspikeNo Gravatar // Oct 8, 2009 at 4:34 pm

      This has to be one of the most demanded DVDs to not yet be released. Why not, I say? We’ve got all manner of crap out there. Is it a licensing issue? Hello, is anybody out there in Movie Land?

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