The dark is a bad place to be left alone with one’s imagination. As kids our parents routinely tell us that there’s nothing hiding under the bed, no monsters in the closet and that those scary shadows are nothing more than moonlight playing tricks on our minds. And yet… what if there really was reason to be scared of dark? Would our parents believe us? That’s the premise of Troy Nixey’s debut film Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, a modern day retelling of a famous TV movie from 1973 about the ghoulish goblins that hide where the light can’t touch them. Despite being tricked out and modernised with computerised effects, gruesome gore and a new child protagonist where there wasn’t one before, Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark still manages to succeed by being stylishly made and effectively old-fashioned.