Don't Be Afraid of the Dark will be released in Australia in August following a long delay caused by the sale of Disney's Miramax Films.

Hopscotch Films has acquired the local distribution rights for the Melbourne-shot horror film, originally held by Disney before it sold its Miramax Films division to private investors last year. In the US, the R-rated film will be released by FilmDistrict on August 12.

Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, produced by Guillermo del Toro and starring Guy Pearce and Katie Holmes, is a remake of a 1970s TV horror film.

Hopscotch managed the local distribution of del Toro's Pan’s Labyrinth, which grossed more than $2.13 million across 52 screens at its widest release in early-2007.

“It’s great to be continuing our relationship with Del Toro after the remarkable success we had together with Pan’s Labyrinth," Hopscotch managing director Troy Lum said in a statement.

"It’s also great to be involved with such a high-class film that has such significant local involvement. Don't Be Afraid of the Dark is a brilliantly realised dark fantasy and we are proud to be releasing it.”

Don't Be Afraid of the Dark follows Sally Hurst (Bailee Madison), a lonely, withdrawn child who moves in with her father Alex (Guy Pearce) and his new girlfriend (Katie Holmes) in a 19th century mansion. Sally discovers a hidden basement and unwittingly lets loose a race of ancient, dark-dwelling creatures who conspire to drag her down in the mysterious house’s bottomless depths.

Check out the teaser trailer here.

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  1. Big MISTAKE Inside Film, Guillermo Del Toro is not the Director of Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark. A young Canadian man Troy Nixey is the Director. Guillermo is the Writer/Producer and although he gave Troy alot of input and assistance he was not the Director.
    I was the Producers Assistant and also the Post Production Supervisor.
    Thank you

  2. hi I was wondering if this film has been released in Australia yet because I really wanna see this movie yet I can’t seem to be able to find it anywhere. Would be greatly appreciated if anyone had any information about the release dates because a few websites have said it was released in august but as this may be true in the US I cannot seem to find this movie anywhere in australia.

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