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Nick agrees for no conflict of interest reason at all!

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post #2 of 25
I'm looking forward to seeing this. Congrats, Nick, on the positive early buzz. I hope it propels the film into success.

And I'm glad I read the news item before it got hit with trollish comments. I gotta learn to not scroll down and read those and just go to the forums for discussion.
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THIS IS THE LITTLE MONSTER MOVIE WE'VE ALL BEEN WAITING FOR!
Glad to hear this is getting awesome feedback. Can't wait to see it!
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And I'm glad I read the news item before it got hit with trollish comments. I gotta learn to not scroll down and read those and just go to the forums for discussion.
Nick could make an off-hand comment about the weather and six trolls would show up to complain about it.
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I ought to try that.
post #6 of 25
It's not that sunny, faggot.

Nice to hear this is a decent film. My main problem has been buying Holmes as Guy Pierce's girlfriend. What an odd casting choice.
post #7 of 25
I'm just really happy for Troy and can't wait to see it... whenever I see it. I have a weird feeling it might be sooner than later... at least I really hope that's the case.
post #8 of 25
I think your instincts are spot on, Al.
post #9 of 25
I'd been under the assumption, mistaken of course, that this wouldn't be playing the Virginia Film Fest due to the issues with it's release, damn it all!

Hmmmm, I'll need to poke around people I know in Charlottesville to see if any of them saw it. Unfortunately, almost everyone I know who used to live there has moved.

I'm really looking forward to this and am glad to hear that the initial word is good!
post #10 of 25
Tease!!!
post #11 of 25
I hope this movie is great Nick and if so that it catches on and makes some cash for you guys. Looking forward to it.
post #12 of 25
Please Nick, if it's not a big bother, keep an eye out for news about international distribution.
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Originally Posted by Nick Nunziata
Disregard the January release date on the image.
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I'm just really happy for Troy and can't wait to see it... whenever I see it. I have a weird feeling it might be sooner than later...
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I think your instincts are spot on, Al.
All this leads me to think we're gonna get a screening within the next 8 weeks. Pray to God this happens.
post #14 of 25
That's just a guess. I don't really have any idea if this screens anytime soon.

I think the key to success for a movie like this is timing. And timing's so damn difficult these days to predict (not like it ever was). But if this finds the right weekend, and it's genuinely scary and fun, this could do really mad business.
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Please Nick, if it's not a big bother, keep an eye out for news about international distribution.
What stel said.

God I'm dying to see this and pimp it to everyone I know.
post #16 of 25
I've enjoyed the two Del Toro-produced films I've seen so far quite a bit, and I don't see this being any different. Looking forward to it.
post #17 of 25
Screen it in Seattle, Nick! It's a film lovin' town!
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It's not that sunny, faggot.
Best laugh I've had all day.

I seriously considered attending the festival - I decided to use my vast fortune (HA!) to instead pay for home improvements and veterinary bills. Damn my priorities.
post #19 of 25
Good news Nick!
post #20 of 25
KILLER poster. I must've missed that one before.
post #21 of 25
Thirded on the International details please, I've already got a bunch of folk queuing up for this...
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A well-made, scary twist on the Tooth Fairy fable that will extract solid worldwide box-office

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Virginia — Kids love the the Tooth Fairy for placing a goodly piece of coin under their pillows in exchange for their newly lost baby tooth. The Tooth Fairies in this dark horror fable, "Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark," are a greedier bunch –- they want those teeth before they fall out, and will do anything to get them.
These furious fairies will surely deliver a goodly piece of box-office coin for the distributor of this well-wrought film that has been shuttled and temporarily shelved in the wake of the Miramax sale. A well-crafted genre piece, Don't Be Afraid of the Dark won appreciative reception here at the Virginia Film Festival. The R-rated film should have a solid appeal to teens and young adults.

A surprising departure into the horror world for producer Mark Johnson, who teams with Guillermo del Toro to produce, the film stars Guy Pearce and Katie Holmesas a modern couple who are restoring an historic mansion with hopes of a big flip and a cover on Architectural Digest.

Their relationship is, not surprisingly, more than a mere professional relationship, and their connubial bliss is upset with the arrival of Pearce's young daughter (Bailee Madison). Alas, it's a troubling threesome as the impressionable girl feels abandoned and unwanted, shuttled off by her self-absorbed mother to her work-workaholic father. And, girlfriend/colleague Holmes is right in the middle, squashed by the child's resentment and confounded by her own churning relationship.

Smartly blending a troubled family dynamic within genre entertainment, screenwriters Del Toro and Matthew Robbins have twisted the standard Fairy Tooth table into a hair-raising yarn. Viewers will detect some thematic fantasy-world resemblances to Del Toro's Pan's Labyrinth. (This script long languished on Miramax shelves before its recent re-discovery and resuscitation). Despite minor continuity glitches, Don't Be Afraid of the Dark is propelled by character-driven forces, which churn up its unseen fantastic evils.

Overall, Dark works because the three main characters are sympathetic and the fractured family relationship triggers the ferocious fairies to wreak their terror. Holmes is winningly sympathetic as the woman caught in the middle, while Pearce layers his character's manipulative behavior with a center of decency. Madison as the beleaguered child is terrific, sensitive and saucy and just the type of tyke who can release the forces of nature, both good and evil.

First-time director Troy Nixey has concocted a pulsating blend of a vile other-world and the everyday, forcing us to regard everyday objects and behavior as malicious. With cinematographer Oliver Stapleton's keen scopings, we see the dark underside to what seems innocent and benign.

Similarly, production designer Roger Ford has garnished the haunted olde manse with a handsome and deadly array of objets de cruelty and fueled our minds with all sorts of horrifying potentialities. Composers Marco Beltrami and Buck Sanders' rich score, with bright clouds of carefree woodwinds coarsened by cold thrashing strings, chills our spines.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review ... view-42961 
post #23 of 25

WANT

post #24 of 25

yep. can't wait to share the date.

post #25 of 25
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Originally Posted by stelios View Post

Please Nick, if it's not a big bother, keep an eye out for news about international distribution.


What he said. I'm so proud of Troy and Nick and the awesome buzz this is getting, it also helps this happens to be a hometown movie for me as well. Cannot wait.

 

Just release the bloody thing already.

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