Fear(s) of the Dark (2008) Unless you're a little kid spooked by one of Disney's evil stepmothers or The Nightmare Before Christmas , animated movies are never really that scary,… 2008-10-22 Unrated PT80M Animation Mystery and Thriller Aure Atika Guillaume Depardieu Nicole Garcia IFC Films
Movie Review

Fear(s) of the Dark (2008)

MPAA Rating: Unrated
BOO! Nothing to be afraid of in Fear(s) of the Dark
BOO! Nothing to be afraid of in Fear(s) of the Dark
EW's GRADE
C

Details Limited Release: Oct 22, 2008; Rated: Unrated; Length: 80 Minutes; Genres: Animation, Mystery and Thriller; With: Aure Atika, Guillaume Depardieu and Nicole Garcia; Distributor: IFC Films

Unless you're a little kid spooked by one of Disney's evil stepmothers or The Nightmare Before Christmas, animated movies are never really that scary, are they? In real life, no adult's ever been preyed on by a cartoon. That's why Fear(s) of the Dark, a French-language omnibus of black-and-white horror ’toons, feels like a nonstarter. Six graphic artists contribute tales of gloom (featuring growling dogs, haunted houses, and ghostly samurai), but only one — about a boy and his insect-infested girlfriend, drawn by distinctive American artist Charles Burns (Black Hole) — gets under your skin. C

Originally posted Oct 22, 2008 Published in issue #1018 Oct 31, 2008 Order article reprints