DON’T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK (1973) – Episode 215 – Decades of Horror 1970s

“When will they come? When will they come? When will they come and set us free?” Who are “they?” Who are “us?” Free from what? Sheez, so many questions. Join your faithful Grue Crew – Doc Rotten, Bill Mulligan, Chad Hunt, and Jeff Mohr – as they visit the Farnham household for answers in Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark (1973).

Decades of Horror 1970s
Episode 215 – Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark (1973)

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A young couple inherits an old mansion inhabited by small demon-like creatures determined to make the wife one of their own.

Ah, the “movie-of-the-week” in the Seventies in the States, when the family gathered around the boob tube deciding which network to watch. On occasion, the decision was to catch a scary movie, perhaps, such as this episode’s topic, Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark (1973). The film is littered with small, creepy, whispering “demons” out to get Sally (Kim Darby). Will they succeed in claiming Sally as one of their own? All the while, her husband (Jim Hutton) and their handyman (William Demarest) argue on the phone and her friend (Barbara Anderson) gets locked out of the house. How does this TV quickie hold up? Trust that the grue Crew has an opinion.

At the time of this writing, Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark is available to stream from archivedotorg and PPV from Google Play and YouTube, and on physical media in Blu-ray format from Warner Archives.

Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror 1970s is part of the Decades of Horror two-week rotation with The Classic Era and the 1980s. In two weeks, the next episode, chosen by Chad, will be The Alien Factor (1978), a science fiction, horror film shot on a micro-budget with some ringers hiding in the credits for the film’s special effects. 

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Jeff Mohr
Jeff lives smack dab in the middle of the cornfields of Iowa and is a long-time horror fan. His first remembered encounters with the genre were The Wizard of Oz, Tarzan gorilla chases, and watching the first broadcast of The Twilight Zone episode, "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge." While he now qualifies as an old fart, he strives to be an Old Boy. Paraphrasing Robert Bloch, he has the heart of a small boy. He keeps it in a jar on his desk.

Jeff has written for and SQ Horror Magazine. He currently writes for Gruesome Magazine and is a co-host of the Decades of Horror podcasts - The Classic Era, 1970s, and 1980s - and the Gruesome Magazine Podcast.