Thoughts on Fear(s) of the Dark (Peur[s] du noir)

Sunday, October 3, 2010 9:51 AM By Simon

-Several animators, including Charles Burns and Blutch, contribute short horror films, in a variety of styles and topics, surrounded by the Blutch-animated pencil-sketch beauty of a man with four rabid dogs, and the ink blot-like musings of a woman and her fears, that is never truly resolved until the credits.

-Beautiful animation. Just gorgeous.

-My main concern was, like most anthologies, these wouldn't fit well together, but for the most part, they did. One story, about a Japanese schoolgirl with disturbing nightmares, felt incomplete, one half shown, then another story, then the other half, and it's not until the credits that you realize it'll never be resolved.

-I know that the omnipresent ink-blot story will probably be unpopular, but I liked it. Then again, I'm a sucker for philisophical musing.


Alex said...

I dug this movie too, though like most anthologies I found it hit and miss. I loved the Blutch animation and the stark b/w one at the end in the old house (I forget the animator on that one). Charles Burns' was definitely the creepiest.

As you predicted, the ink blot philosophy segues were not my favorite. Ah well.

October 3, 2010 at 10:41 AM
SugaryCynic said...

seeing as I'm already scarring myself for life with x-files, this seems like a good idea to watch.

October 3, 2010 at 10:46 AM
Robert said...

I need to see this one, thanks for reminding me about it.

October 3, 2010 at 11:15 AM
Franz Patrick said...

Sadly, I didn't end up liking the film. I wasn't scared or creeped out or curious. I didn't feel a thing. I liked animation?

October 4, 2010 at 12:59 AM
Simon said...

Alex: Charles Burns' rocked.

Sugary: Yes. Yes it does.

Robert: Welcome.

Franz: The animation is worth it, in anything.

October 5, 2010 at 7:32 PM