After ten days, the L.A. Film Festival came to a close Sunday night with the Katie Holmes horror movie “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark.” The movie, which was originally set for release last year, was shown for the first time publicly at the festival and has been a long time coming for producer Guillermo del Toro. As a kid, del Toro was a fan of, and consequently scared by, the original 1973 TV movie. As an adult, he told us the scares weren’t as intense as he had imagined them, which made him realize he needed to make it into an updated full-length feature film and put some of that imagination to work.
At the center of the movie is the young actress, Bailee Madison. At just 11 years old, Madison worked the red carpet for the movie like a Hollywood veteran and won over the crowd and media in attendance. Of course, we had to find out how, at such a young age, she was able to be in such an intense movie – which incidentally is rated R for violence and terror.