Hopscotch sets Aus release date for Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark

23 February, 2011 by Brendan Swift

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Don't Be Afraid of the Dark follows Sally Hurst (Bailee Madison), a lonely, withdrawn child who moves in with her father Alex (Guy Pearce) and his new girlfriend (Katie Holmes) in a 19th century mansion.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.