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Donít Be Afraid Of The Dark (1973/Warner Bros. Archive Collection DVD)

 

Picture: C†††† Sound: C†††† Extras: D†††† Telefilm: B-

 

 

One of the legendary Horror TV movies is finally on DVD.The Lorimar-produced version of John Newlandís Donít Be Afraid Of The Dark (1973) holds up very well and as much as another famous TV Horror film of the same year, The Night Strangler, reviewed elsewhere on this site.Kim Darby and Jim Hutton move into a nice new house, but there is something odd and wrong with it.The repairman (William Demarest of My Three Sons) insists that certain things should be left alone.Then things get odder for The Farnhams.

 

She suddenly thinks she is seeing things and that maybe the house is haunted, but there are even stranger things going on and things just get creepier and creepier as this surprisingly smart and edgy film moves along.Nigel McKeandís script could have made for a theatrical feature, but this is how rich in talent the Big Three networks were awash in at this point.

 

Despite being a TV movie and only 74 minutes, it is far more effective, clever and suspenseful than just about any of the Horror films being made today.Acting is a real plus and great supporting cast members include Barbara Anderson, William Sylvester, Pedro Armendariz Jr. and Felix Silla.This is a must-see for any serious Horror fan and may be minor classic waiting to be rediscovered.

 

 

The 1.33 X 1 image was shot in 35mm film like most of the TV movies of the time and though this is softer than I would have liked, color can look really good and Director of Photography Andrew Jackson, A.S.C., an underrated cameraman who left his mark on TV with work on It Takes A Thief, The Streets Of San Francisco and Adam-12.Iíd love to see this in HD.The Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono is also good for its age and as good as weíve heard them, but I believe there could be a little more room for improvement considering this all seems to come from a second-generation source, especially with such an effective score by Billy Goldenberg (Play It Again, Sam, Up The Sandbox, Spielbergís Duel and other great TV work).If the music masters could be found, maybe weíll get a stereo upgrade.

 

Sadly, there are no extras, but here comes the remake, so see it before that happens.

 

 

You can order this and other Archive releases at this link:

 

www.warnerarchive.com.

 

 

-†† Nicholas Sheffo


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