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Don't Be Afraid Of Light, Del Toro!

Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark filmmaker Guillermo del Toro has revealed he frightens himself most in the daylight.

Guillermo admitted his night-time dreams are actually "very boring" but he has "an over-active imagination in the day".

"If my wife takes 15 minutes longer to come back from the supermarket, I'm already fantasising with horror stories. You know: what happened? A crash? An accident? A plane landed on the car? I tend to get paranoid really fast," he said.

That could be the inspiration for his dark films such as Pan's Labyrinth, the Hellboy series, and now Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark, a film he describes as a classic gothic thriller.

The movie stars 11-year-old Bailee Madison as Sally, who is sent to live with her father, played by Guy Pierce, and his girlfriend, played by Katie Holmes. In the house, Sally hears voices that turn out to be what Guillermo described as "little creatures that are very, very nasty".

Guillermo originally planned to direct Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark but could not because at the time he was directing Peter Jackson's The Hobbit (Guillermo quit the production in May 2010 after two years of involvement, citing production delays).

He acknowledged that under the direction of Troy Nixey, Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark looks very different from what he envisioned, but said the best part of the experience was "to see the world you've dreamt of so long interpreted in a different way".

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