One of the best panels from this year’s Comic-Con was undoubtedly FilmDistrict’s mashup of Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark and Drive. Instead of separating the studio’s two films, the filmmakers and stars from both flicks participated in the panel together, resulting in an utterly fascinating and wildly entertaining conversation between Dark co-writer/producer Guillermo del Toro and Drive writer/director Nicholas Winding Refn. The conversation, which also includes Troy Nixey, Carey Mulligan, Ron Perlman and Guy Pearce, offers incredible insight into the way both directors think, with some fantastic stories and NSFW language sprinkled in for good measure. Refn recounts, with hilarious detail, a ridiculously awkward prescription drug-fueled car ride with star Ryan Gosling that cultivated the idea for Drive.
Hit the jump to watch the full panel, which I highly suggest you do. Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark opens today, and Drive starring Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan and Albert Brooks opens September 16th.
Here’s the synopsis for Drive:
Driver is a Los Angeles wheelman for hire, stunt driving for movie productions by day and steering getaway vehicles for armed heists by night. Though a loner by nature, Driver can’t help falling in love with his beautiful neighbor Irene, a vulnerable young mother dragged into a dangerous underworld by the return of her ex-convict husband Standard. After a heist intended to pay off Standard’s protection money spins unpredictably out of control, Driver finds himself driving defense for the girl he loves, tailgated by a syndicate of deadly serious criminals. But when he realizes that the gangsters are after more than the bag of cash in his trunk – that they’re coming straight for Irene and her son – Driver is forced to shift gears and go on offense.
Here’s the synopsis for Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark:
Blackwood Manor has new tenants. While architect Alex Hurst (Guy Pearce) and his new girlfriend Kim (Katie Holmes) restore their Gothic mansion’s period interiors, Alex’s young daughter Sally (Bailee Madison)–neglected by her real mother and brushed aside by the careerist father–can investigate the macabre history and dark corners of the estate. Spurring Sally’s investigation are the voices–rasping whispers who call out to her from the basement, who promise her understanding and friendship, who are so very hungry and would like to be set free. When Sally gives in to her curiosity, she opens a gateway into a hellish underworld from which an army of beady-eyed, sharp-clawed monsters emerge, small in size but endless in number: the homunculi. Confronted with the horror that now threatens to taker her life and destroy her family, Sally desperately tries to warn the whole house, but there’s just one problem: no one believes her. Will she make them understand in time, or will they become another chapter in the centuries-long horror story of Blackwood Manor?