We recently had the chance to see the Canadian premiere of Troy Nixey remake of the 1973 ABC telepic Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark. The film was selected as the closing film of the Fantasia Film Festival, and well if you read my review, you’ll know that despite a few minor nitpicks, I was a big fan. It was a project that Guillermo Del Toro fell in love with and specifically handpicked Nixey to direct based on his excellent short film Latchkey’s Lament. So I felt it would be a good time to post the short that caught the attention of Del Toro and kickstarted Nixey’s career. Based on the film you can see that Del Toro was a major influence on his work ranging from the themes to the similar camera styles to even the colour palette.
Synopsis: Latchkey’s Lament employs a blend of CGI animation and live action to tell a tale of love and heroism. Mr. And Mrs. Key are snatched from their home late one evening by the insidious Keyfiend and taken back to his monolithic factory. There Mr. Key witnesses the demise of his wife at the hands of the Keyfiend. Mister Key must escape the Keyfiend’s clutches if he is to survive and avenge the spirit of his beloved.
Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark open August 26th. Here is the short. Enjoy.
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