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  • Summary: Fear(s) of the Dark is a wildly inventive and visually dazzling collection of fearful tales by six of the world's most renowned comic and graphic artists - Blutch, Charles Burns, Marie Caillou, Pierre Di Sciullo, Lorenzo Mattotti, and Richard McGuire. From a besotted student whose girlfriend is weirdly ardent in her affections, to a Japanese schoolgirl menaced by a long-dead samurai, and a pack of hounds on a bloodthirsty rampage, Fear(s) has a story strand to trouble every sleep - not to mention a stunning range of animation styles. Shot in shimmering black and white, the six intertwined tales create an unprecedented epic where phobias and nightmares come to life and reveal Fear at its most naked and intense. (IFC Films) Expand
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  1. 90
    Sinister and beautiful, this mostly black-and-white animation from France culls the talents of six artists and designers.
  2. Shot in luminous whites, pulsing blacks and gorgeous grays, the stories explore sexual insecurity, rural superstition and sociopolitical anxieties with an inventiveness that's seldom scary but never less than mesmerizing.
  3. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    75
    It makes a nicely grim little Halloween appetizer, although you may want to go home and hide under the bed afterward.
  4. Reviewed by: Mark Olsen
    70
    None of the segments are really interested in jump/scare/slasher horror, but rather the slow, creeping terror of feeling something is wrong and something worse is coming, making the film a most frightful Halloween aperitif.
  5. Reviewed by: Jeremy Mathews
    70
    A visually exhilarating trip through the darker regions of the subconscious.
  6. 63
    There isn't a dud in the 10 shorts, although some are more dud-ish than others.
  7. Reviewed by: Jay Weissberg
    50
    An omnibus of black-and-white animation with a couple exceptionally clever episodes tied together by an unnecessary recurring monologue.

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