This is an extremely unusual and extremely rare piece that I bring before you this time around. It’s so rare and unusual, in fact, that it so far has only received a limited theatrical release in France.
Now that should raise some eyebrows right there—over the course of the last five years, the French have shown themselves as a force to be reckoned with in terms of horror filmmaking, having brought us white-knuckled tension-packed riots of gore and bloodsport like Them, High Tension, Inside and Frontiers. This one, dubbed Fear(s) of the Dark, is doubly interesting, as it involves a collection of six graphic artists and cartoonists, including Nicole Garcia, who’ve animated their nightmares to bring us a collection of intertwined stories about fear.
Yeah, animated nightmares. That’s the newest in French horror cinema, and it’s a clever concept. Maybe it’ll wind up being a little too artsy for a regular horror crowd, but by like token, there’s plenty of room for horror in animation—look at the cut scenes from the Resident Evil series, or Silent Hill. We all know a cartoon can be scary if it’s supposed to be—the only question is how it’ll turn out. Hopefully, we’ll be able to find out soon.