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Afraid of the Dark (1991)

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A little boy, obsessed with blindness and violence, slowly gets trapped in his own delusions.

Director:

Mark Peploe
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Cast overview, first billed only:
James Fox ... Frank
Fanny Ardant ... Miriam
Paul McGann ... Tony Dalton
Clare Holman ... Rose
Robert Stephens ... Dan Burns
Susan Wooldridge ... Lucy Trent
David Thewlis ... Locksmith / Tom Miller
Ben Keyworth Ben Keyworth ... Lucas
Catriona MacColl ... Blind Woman
Hilary Mason ... Basement Woman
Sheila Burrell ... Meg
Star Acri Star Acri ... 1st Girl at Wedding
Niven Boyd Niven Boyd ... Ice-Cream Man
Tiffany Bryant Tiffany Bryant ... Tess
Frances Cuka ... Mrs. Dalton
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Lucas is a little boy who's going blind. The only thing that could save his eyesight is a risky eye operation that could either fix his eyes or blind him for good. Scared, lonely and half-blind, he lets his subconscious fears and desires and grim imagination run loose. He spends a lot of his time spying on people and visiting the local graveyard and the mausoleum. He starts seeing a creepy serial killer everywhere in town, who goes after blind women and stabs them in the eyes. Lucas doesn't tell anyone about this, not even his police officer father. He also starts seeing other people, who are not blind, as if they were blind. Lucas also develops an unhealthy interest in his much older stepsister, who is about to get married and leave their family home, and becomes jealous of her husband to be. Things culminate when he sees a dog he believes to be rabid, and when his pregnant mother finally gives birth to his baby sister. Can Lucas return from the brink of sanity and what, if anything,...

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You can't escape what you can't see.


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Rated R for violence and a scene of sensuality | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Feature film directing debut for Mark Peploe. See more »

Connections

References Ghostbusters (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Aupres de ma blonde
Traditional Music
Performed by David Shields
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Terrific, original thriller
28 March 2005 | by billium99See all my reviews

This one can be a bit challenging, but it's well worth the ride. Written and directed by Academy award nominee Mark Peploe. Without including a spoiler it is difficult to describe too many elements of this surprising film. Sufficed to say, as the revelations begin, you can see layers of complexity and psychology that you weren't expecting at the beginning. There are many original things in this movie; not the least of which is numerous interpretations of blindness and helplessness through the eyes of a child. Now that probably makes you recoil - too artsy/fartsy, but I assure you this is a thriller. Genuinely creepy and the young actor Ben Keyworth that plays Lucas is outstanding.


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Country:

France | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 January 1992 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Angst vor der Dunkelheit See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$53,932

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$53,932
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Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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