Animation anthologies generally have a tough time of it in theaters, usually ending up as grab-bag vehicles of grotesquerie and humor that play only the festival circuit and the occasional arthouse. It’s a strange situation that short subject animation should have become so fringe, given the central place that five-minute cartoons hold in the childhood of nearly every red-blooded American. Maybe in the end it’s because most anthologies of this kind never have much of an organizing principle beyond gathering the best work from the past year. If it hadn’t been subtitled, the horrific tales contained in Fear(s) of the Dark might have been what it took to take the genre mainstream.
Fear(s) of the Dark is in limited release now. You can read the full review at filmcritic.com.