Fear(s) of the Dark
|Fear(s) of the Dark|
Pierre di Sciullo
|Produced by||Valérie Schermann
|Written by||Jerry Kramsky
Pierre di Sciullo
|Narrated by||Nicole Garcia|
|Distributed by||Diaphana Films|
|Running time||85 minutes|
Fear(s) of the Dark (French: Peur(s) du noir) is a 2007 French black-and-white animated horror anthology film on the subject of fear written and directed by several notable comic book creators and graphic designers. It premiered at the 2007 Roma Film Festival and released in France in February 2008.
Throughout the film, the disembodied voice of a woman is heard; she express her fears through a monologue, making confessions from trivial anxiety, grotesque nightmares, to crippling sadness.
- The first story is a traditional animation written and directed by Blutch. It focuses on a sinister old man and his four vicious dogs, whom he restrains on leashes, as they trek through the countryside; one by one, the man releases each dog on a victim.
- The second story is a three-dimensional computer animation written and directed by Charles Burns. It focuses on an intelligent introvert, who has an immense interest in insects. In his adolescence, he captures a mysterious human-shaped beetle; it escapes, and yet the boy seems haunted by it. Come maturity, the boy becomes infatuated with a promiscuous woman; he invites her to his house one night, whereupon she seems to develop an obsession with him after waking up with a deep gash on her arm the next morning.
- The third story is a two-dimensional anime animation written by Romain Slocombe and directed by Marie Caillou. It focuses on a meek girl living in rural Japan who is receiving clinical treatment for nightmares, her doctor being a scientist who sedates her to experience these nightmares again. In her nightmares, she is bullied by her sadistic classmates, and is also haunted by the ghost of a samurai.
- The fourth story is a traditional animation directed by Lorenzo Mattotti. It focuses on a young boy living in rural France. Having lost his uncle in a poaching trip, the boy confides in his friend, a mysterious orphan, who claims that the uncle could have been "mauled" by a beast from the sky. The friend disappears later on, and a professional ranger is hired to hunt down the alleged beast. A massive crocodile from the swamps is killed and displayed in the church, but the boy is haunted by shadows of his orphan friend.
- The fifth story is directed by Richard McGuire. The intervals are two-dimensional computer animations written and directed by Pierre di Sciullo.The story focuses on a burly mustached man finding refuge against a blizzard in a pitch-black abandoned house. As he settles in, paranoia and dark forces begin to creep in around the man's fear. He uncovers a photo album of a woman, possibly the mistress of the house, who seemed to have a tendency to "cut" people out of her life.
- Peur(s) du noir at Prima Linéa Productions (English)
- Peur(s) du noir on Myspace (French)
- Fear(s) of the Dark at Metrodome Releasing (United Kingdom)
- Fear(s) of the Dark at IFC Films (United States)
- Fear(s) of the Dark at Madman Entertainment (Australia)
- Interview with Charles Burns at Cinefantastique
- Fear(s) of the Dark at AllMovie
- Fear(s) of the Dark at the Internet Movie Database
- Fear(s) of the Dark at Metacritic
- Fear(s) of the Dark at Box Office Mojo
- Fear(s) of the Dark at Rotten Tomatoes
- Review at Horror Movies