If Guillermo del Toro, the writer and director of Pan's Labyrinth and Hellboy, calls a movie "thrilling, disturbing and haunting," odds are that you're in for a frighteningly good film. For Fear(s) of the Dark, six world-renowned comic and graphic artists and illustrators have teamed up to breathe life into their deepest fears and darkest nightmares. In separate vignettes, each artist has illustrated a tale of terror in his own unique style. Art director Etienne Robial then took the handful of different storylines and wove them together into a cohesive film that explores the raw and visceral nature of our fears. Following a recent trend among French animated films like Renaissance and Persepolis, Fears(s) was animated in stark black and white (with the occasional splattering, dripping and pooling of red). Fear(s) plays Friday through Sunday at The Modern (3200 Darnell St. in Fort Worth) as part of The Magnolia at The Modern series. Tickets are $8.50 or $6.50 for Modern members. Advance sales begin two hours before the screening. For showtimes or more information, visit themodern.org/magnolia.html.
Fri., Dec. 12; Sat., Dec. 13; Sun., Dec. 14, 2008