The Girl Next Door
Katie Holmes Braves the "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark" Premiere Solo
By Jenny Peters
Los Angeles Katie Holmes flew solo to the premiere of her upcoming horror flick "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark" on Sunday, June 26, but she had a surrogate daughter to giggle with on the red carpet. It was the closing night of the 2011 Los Angeles Film Festival, held downtown at the Regal Cinemas L. A. Live outpost, but Holmes' husband Tom Cruise was far away, in Miami shooting the new musical "Rock of Ages," so wasn't along for the gala. Holmes left Suri, their five-year-old fashionista at home, but her on-screen daughter, 11-year-old Bailee Madison, excitedly joined her for the festivities.
"Don't Be Afraid of the Dark" is a remake of the 1973 television movie of the same name, that starred Kim Darby and Jim Hutton, in which a wife is terrorized by mysterious creatures living in her house. As screenwriter Guillermo del Toro, who is best known for his beautiful, scary Oscar-winning film "Pan's Labyrinth," and first-time director Troy Nixey have re-imagined it, this time out it is the child of the house who is visited by those creepy critters.
Del Toro and Nixey, along with producer Mark Johnson, LAFF director Rebecca Yeldham, actors Meaghan Martin, soap-star heartthrob Jordi Vilasuso and del Toro's favorite, star Ron Perlman from the "Hellboy" films that del Toro created, all took the party later into the night once the scary thriller had unspooled. The Closing Night Gala party rocked Club Nokia as the annual film festival celebrated ten successful days of movie madness and the movies that took home the organization's top prizes. Those included "Familiar Ground" as Best Narrative Feature and "Attack the Block," which took home the Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature.
And while no festival best-of awards went to Katie Holmes or "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark," that didn't stop her from drawing a big crowd of fans outside the premiere. She even stopped to sign a few autographs before slipping away, presumably headed home to tuck her little girl into bed.