'Dark' screens at L.A. film fest

An ill-timed false fire alarm interrupted the premiere of FilmDistrict’s creepy-creature feature “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark,” which screened as the closing night selection of the Los Angeles Film Festival on Sunday.

Mass confusion gripped the audience as theater officials scrambled to determine the cause, and while roughly half the aud filed out, a brave bunch remained throughout the unscheduled 15-minute intermission.

“It wasn’t great, but I wasn’t budging,” said first-time director Troy Nixey. “Until I smell smoke, I’m not moving.”

Producer Mark Johnson joked, “It’s been such a long time since I first saw the film, my first reaction was, ‘I don’t remember that!'”

Co-writer and producer Guillermo del Toro was on hand to introduce the film, which he described as “a throwback to the classic scary movies I love.” Del Toro had originally intended to direct the pic. “But I had not had a good experience with ‘Mimic,’ so I offered to produce it rather than direct.”

The scary movie has clearly stuck with its young lead, 11-year-old Bailee Madison, who confessed, “The dark still scares me” and sometimes “I sleep with my mom.”

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