A whole boatload of posters has arrived on internet shores in the past few days, so lets start with today’s big one: the uncensored, definitely not safe for work version of the one-sheet for David Fincher‘s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. This one is pretty much internet link-bait and not much more, because it will likely never go up in any US movie theater. And, truth be told, while I admire the boldness of the poster, I like the slightly censored versions much more. Decide for yourself after the break, where we’ll also present Conan the Barbarian character posters and one-sheets for Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark and the reissue of Rainer Werner Fassbinder‘s World on a Wire.

Update: Just as this went live, a new one-sheet for The Three Musketeers arrived via Yahoo. That’s been added to the gallery below. Read More »

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‘Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark’ Trailer

UPDATE: Yahoo now has a very slightly different US version of the trailer, and you can see it below, too.

One of my most anticipated films for 2011 is Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, the movie co-written and produced by Guillermo del Toro and directed by Troy Nixey in his feature debut. The movie ran afoul of the Miramax business shakeup at the end of last year, but has finally found a home with FilmDistrict. (The same company that is releasing Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive.) We saw a teaser trailer for the movie in August of last year, but aside from a couple of very well-received festival screenings, word on the film has been pretty quiet.

UK audiences will get to see the movie just a bit before it hits the US on August 26, and there is now a trailer for the August 12 UK release. Read More »

The orphaned Miramax films are finding new homes. Last week we heard that The Debt, John Madden’s film that is (partially) about a group of Mossad agents tracking a Nazi war criminal locked distribution via Focus Features. Now Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, the remake of a ’70s TV chiller co-written and produced by Guillermo del Toro and directed by newcomer Troy Nixey, will go out to US screens via the new company FilmDistrict.

I’m quite happy about this. We loved the footage shown last year at Comic Con, and the film has played well at some small festival appearances. It looked for a while last year like Disney was going to directly distribute the film, and while I wanted to see it hit theaters that didn’t seem like the best way to do it. But Guillermo del Toro has a good relationship with FilmDistrict’s Bob Berney thanks to Pan’s Labyrinth, so hopefully this will work out for all involved. FilmDistrict also has James Wan’s Insidious and Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive.

The teaser trailer and info for Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark are after the break. Read More »

/Film reader Dustin E caught a screening of the Guillermo del Toro-written/produced Troy Nixey-directed horror thriller Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark at a special screening presented during the Virginia Film Festival. Dustin says the film is “a great little throwback horror flick that will definitely please fans of the genre.” Hit the jump to read his full review.

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I could say a lot of things about the footage shown today at the Miramax panel for Troy Nixey‘s debut film Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark. But I’ll let co-writer and producer Guillermo del Toro have his say: “the movie is serious as a fucking attack of gonorrhea!”

Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark is a remake and update of a 1973 TV movie that quickly became one of del Toro’s favorite films when he was young. As an adult he bought the rights and in the late ’90s scripted a new take with Matthew Robbins. That script was eventually directed by former comic book artist Troy Nixey, and today’s panel in Hall H at the San Diego Comic Con marked the first time any footage has been seen by the public. And it was pretty great stuff. Read More »

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Two new horror movie posters landed today, just in time for the Comic-Con’s preview night in San Diego. First up, we have the Comic-Con giveaway poster for newcomer Troy Nixey’s Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, which is being produced by Guillermo Del Toro. The poster is an original work of art by Nixey, who is a former comic book artist.

As EW says, the film “centers on a young girl (Bailee Madison) who is set to live with her father (Guy Pearce) and his girlfriend (Katie Holmes) in an old mansion they are renovating. She unwittingly unleashes malevolent creatures that try to destroy her entire family.” Disney is releasing the R-rated  film under its now-defunct Miramax banner on January 21, 2011.

Check out the poster after the break, as well as Saw 3D’s official one sheet.

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Briefly: When Disney shuttered Miramax last year, one of the handful of films left in limbo was Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, a remake of the 1973 TV movie of the same name. The remake was written and produced by Guillermo del Toro and directed by newcomer Troy Nixey. It’s a good sign that Disney likes the movie enough to keep it in house and release it, and given that this is an R-rated horror film I’m not going to be too worried about the January 21 release date. THR says the film will actually carry the Miramax banner.

As EW says, the film “centers on a young girl (Bailee Madison) who is set to live with her father (Guy Pearce) and his girlfriend (Katie Holmes) in an old mansion they are renovating. She unwittingly unleashes malevolent creatures that try to destroy her entire family.” Director Nixey is a former comic book artist and, based on his short Latchkey’s Lament, a promising filmmaker. I’m excited to see the trailer (at Comic Con, hopefully) and am thrilled that his movie won’t be lost in the Miramax morass.

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Variety reports that former comic book artist Troy Nixey, currently directing the remake of Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark for Miramax, has been signed by Phoenix Pictures (the outfit producing Scorsese’s Shutter Island) to direct Simple Machines, based on his own script. I’ll be up front about this right now: Troy is an exceptionally talented creator and could be a great new filmmaker, but he’s also a good friend. That, coupled with the fact that my former editor (CHUD founder Nick Nunziata) is co-producing the film, means that my objectivity is pretty much out the window on this story. But I’ll try to convince you that it’s worth knowing about anyway, after the jump. Read More »

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