HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 40 Pairs of Chicago Passes to ‘Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark’ With Katie Holmes

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CHICAGO – In our latest horror/thriller edition of HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 40 admit-two passes up for grabs to the advance Chicago screening of Guillermo del Toro’s highly anticipated “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark” starring Katie Holmes and Guy Pearce!

“Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark” also stars Bailee Madison, Jack Thompson, Julia Blake, Nicholas Bell, Libby Gott, Garry McDonald, Edwina Ritchard, Bruce Gleeson, Trudy Hellier, Alan Dale, Emelia Burns and James Mackay from writer Guillermo del Toro (“Pan’s Labyrinth,” “Hellboy”) and director Troy Nixey. The film hits theaters on Aug. 26, 2011.

To win your free pass to the advance Chicago screening of “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark” courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, just answer our question below. That’s it! This advance screening is on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011 at 7 p.m. in downtown Chicago. Directions to enter this Hookup and win can be found beneath the graphic below.

The movie poster for Don't Be Afraid of the Dark with Katie Holmes and Guy Pearce
The movie poster for “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark” with Katie Holmes and Guy Pearce.
Image credit: FilmDistrict

Here is the plot description 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 take her life and destroy her family, Sally desperately tries to warn the whole house. 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?

Based on the 1973 telefilm that Guillermo del Toro believes to be the scariest TV production ever made, “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark” was co-written and co-produced by del Toro and directed by Troy Nixey. Akin to “Pan’s Labyrinth,” “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark” focuses on a young girl’s struggle against menacing and terrifying forces.

The movie trailer for “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark” can be watched now below.

To secure your free tickets now, make sure you’re logged into your HollywoodChicago.com account. If you don’t yet have one, you can quickly register here. Having an account with a valid e-mail address is required. Then, simply add a new comment in the form below. In your comment, include an answer to this question:

What is the scariest movie of all time and why?

Like all Hookups here, this Hookup is simple: Just submit your comment below and we will award 40 admit-two tickets randomly via e-mail for our “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark” Hookup. Winners need to arrive early as seats are consumed on a first-come, first-served basis. Winners are typically e-mailed our advance-screening passes two days before the screening date. Good luck!

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Wolfen's picture

A Movie?

Well, I’ve been through a lot of crap in my life… so nothing on screen really scares me. I think where the real fear lies is stuff that seriously disturbs us.

A Serbian Film disturbs and shocks. It’s the ultimate horror film.

rythemovieguy's picture

Amityville Horror

Amityville Horros (original) Thos windows will scary me forever. 4 Jaws !!!

Mills7's picture

Scariest Movie

Jaws - bc I use to summer in Nantucket and MV

Anonymous's picture

The mothman prophesies,

The mothman prophesies, because it was so creepy and realistic

bear's picture


I think the first exorcist movie made in the 70s was the scariest movie of all time because it gives audience chills although the special effects were not like what we see today. Without all that high-tech computer generated effects and sounds, the movie was very scary!

eris404's picture

Scariest Movie?

The Shining, hands down. Between Jack Nicholson, the freaky twin girls, the son’s crazy voice and the soundtrack…I still can’t watch this movie by myself at night.

ichung2's picture


I am not sure if there is a scariest movie. I like to see horror and scary movies but nothing really scares me except for Exorcist made in the 1970s which made my heart race and made me jump the first time I watched it.

Anonymous's picture

Jaws. I hate hate hate

Jaws. I hate hate hate swimming in the ocean

hellr4isEr's picture


Stephen King’s IT. That clown did not bode well in memories growing up.

mybluebug's picture

Scariest movie

As a kid, I thought “It” was the scariest movie of all time. I still kind of feel that way because it had such a lasting impact on me.

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