New posters have been released for the horror flick Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark and Robert Rodriguez’ Spy Kids: All the Time in the World. The Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark poster is a tad generic and I preferred the early teaser poster, but I understand why studios don’t go with illustrated posters for live-action movies. There could be confusion from the audience that the film is animated. Best to go with floating heads.
Speaking of floating heads, the Spy Kids poster is terrifying. Yes, it uses the same style as the previous Sky Kids posters, but for God’s sake: there’s a dog’s head popping off its body and you can see its (admittedly mechanical) spine! Jeremy Piven’s face dominates a quarter of the poster space! Hit the jump to be cool to a poster for a horror film and horrified by a poster for a family film. Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark opens August 26th. Spy Kids: All the time in the World opens in 3D on August 19th.
Both these posters were sent to us by their respective studios, so I don’t know why they’re so small. Usually they send out hi-res versions. [Update: We now have a hi-res version of the Don't Be Afraid of the Dark poster]
Here’s the official synopsis for Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark:
Guillermo del Toro presents DON’T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK, a horror film starring Katie Holmes, Guy Pearce and Bailee Madison, directed by Troy Nixey. Based on the 1973 telefilm that del Toro believes is the scariest TV production ever made, the story follows Sally (Madison), a young girl who moves to Rhode Island to live with her father (Pearce) and his new girlfriend (Holmes) in the 19th-century mansion they are restoring. While exploring the house, Sally starts to hear voices coming from creatures in the basement whose hidden agenda is to claim her as one of their own. Akin to del Toro’s PAN’S LABYRINTH, DON’T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK focuses on a young girl’s struggle against menacing and terrifying forces. FilmDistrict will release the film on August 26.
Here’s the official synopsis for Spy Kids: All the Time in the World:
On the surface, Marissa Cortez Wilson (Jessica Alba) has it all…married to a famous spy hunting television reporter, a new baby and intelligent twin step kids. But in reality, trying to mother Rebecca (Rowan Blanchard) and Cecil (Mason Cook), who clearly don’t want her around, is her toughest challenge yet. Also, her husband, Wilbur (Joel McHale), wouldn’t know a spy if he lived with one which is exactly the case – Marissa’s a retired secret agent.
Marissa’s world is turned upside down when the maniacal Timekeeper (Jeremy Piven) threatens to take over the planet and she’s called back into action by the head of OSS, home of the greatest spies and where the now-defunct Spy Kids division was created. With Armageddon quickly approaching, Rebecca and Cecil are thrust into action when they learn their boring stepmom was once a top agent and now the world’s most competitive ten year olds are forced to put their bickering aside and rely on their wits. With a little help from a couple of very familiar Spy Kids, Carmen (Alexa Vega) and Juni Cortez (Daryl Sabara), and some mind-blowing gadgets, they just may be able to save the world and possibly bring their family together while they’re at it.