Fear of the Dark (2003)

2003 | PG-13 | Horror

User Score: 75/100


Twelve year old Ryan Billings has been diagnosed with an acute fear of the dark. He spends each night lying awake in torment...

Fear of the Dark (2003) is a Canadian English horror movie that is 86 minutes long and many actors in Montréal, Québec, Canada. Director K.C. Bascombe (Swindle (2002), The Contract (1999),  Hide (2008)) directed his third movie Fear of the Dark (2003) and took a long break after. I enjoyed watching this film with my kids, and there was enough tension build up and scares to have one of my kids attached to my body throughout the movie - love it. I would say this is a wonderful teen scary movie to watch on Halloween or anytime.

Fear of the Dark revolves around twelve year old Ryan Billings (Jesse James - The Butterfly Effect (2004), Jumper (2008), The Amityville Horror (2005), Blow (2001)) who is the youngest of 2 and is diagnosed with acute fear of the dark. Ryan has to sleep with the lights on because he is terrified of the dark at all times. Ryan’s brother Dale (Kevin Zegers - The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (2013), Dawn of the Dead (2004), The Colony (2013), Wrong Turn (2003)) is the oldest and tortures his little brother. Dale is at the age where he is into girls and tries his hardest to impress one particular girl while he thinks his little brother is going crazy. Ryan’s parents believe that Ryan is faking his night terrors because he wants more attention. The parents want to go out to a business function party and leaves Dale in charge for the night. Soon after the parents leave the house, a storm brews and knocks out the electricity leaving the house in darkness. Ryan believes that the evil that has been haunting him will claim him tonight, tonight is the night that the evil will win. Ryan’s mother Sandra (Linda Purl - Mighty Joe Young (1998), Matlock (1986), Visiting Hours (1982), Robin’s Hoods (1994)) is a sculpture artist who creates objects/statues out of metal parts. Sandra leaves a statue behind, and it gave a sinister look/appeal in the dark and the shadow of it is creepy as ever. Dale tries desperately to calm Ryan but soon realizes that Ryan might be right, and they are in for a night of doom. Heather Fontaine (Rachel Skarsten - Fifty Shades of Grey (2015), The Vow (2012), Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer (2007), Lost Girl (2010)) drops in to babysit with Dale and what happens next is for you to see.

There are not many actors in this movie, and I think that is one of the reasons why this movie did really good. The actors, especially the kids did a wonderful job with their performances - great acting. The special effects and lighting effects were amazing and gave the chill factor the extra oomph it needed. The editor did a nice job joining this movie and making it flow seamlessly. I gave this movie a seven because it is a horror movie in every sense because I have seen so many films that are labeled as horror, and they are not as scary as this kids movie. Everyone will view this film differently as I took a poll in my home and asked everyone what they would rate this movie. We all rated the movie between a five to seven but seven is my score for this movie. This is a PG-13 movie that did far better than all of the cabin/farmhouse/house in the wood theme movies we have seen recently.

About Fear of the Dark (2003)

Title: Fear of the Dark
Year: 2003
Starring: Kevin Zegers, Jesse James, Derrick Damon Reeve, Daniel Rindress-Kay, Rachel Skarsten, Linda Purl, Charles Edwin Powell, Charles-Etienne Burelle
Director: K.C. Bascombe
Score: 3.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.75/5 stars from 8 users. Votes: 8.
Genre: Horror
MPAA Rating: PG-13

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