The Girl Next Door
Video Interview: Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark's Guillermo Del Toro And Katie Holmes
by Perri Nemiroff
You know when you misplace something and someone tells you, "It couldnt have just walked off on its own?" Well, thanks to "Dont Be Afraid of the Dark," youve got a culprit to point a finger at; they may claim they just want to be your friends, but this movies little monsters also have their eyes on your razors, clothing and your children.
Alex (Guy Pearce) is a struggling architect trying to renovate the old Blackwood Manor to revitalize his career. With his interior decorator and live-in girlfriend, Kim (Katie Holmes), by his side, he calls the location home and works on it incessantly. Things get complicated when his ex-wife decides its time for their daughter, Sally (Bailee Madison), to go and live with daddy. Alex thinks hes child-proofed the house by giving his daughter the quintessential little girls dream room, but with little to do, Sally resorts to exploring and winds up discovering that theyre not the only ones living in the Blackwood Manor and that those other residents are viciously desperate to be her friends.
In honor of "Dont Be Afraid of the Dark"s August 26th release, writer-producer Guillermo del Toro and star Katie Holmes sat down to talk about the film at a roundtable interview. The session was packed with goods from the set including Holmes experience working with Madison, del Toros effort to bring the films creatures to life and much more. Check it all out for yourself in the video interview below and be sure to keep an eye out for those spoiler alerts, as theyre very much there for a reason.