Del Toro unveils creepy trailer for Don't Be Afraid of the Dark

Guillermo del Toro made the first of three panel appearances at Comic-Con on Thursday afternoon ... and, surprisingly, had no surprise announcements to make.

Del Toro has a habit of announcing new projects at Comic-Con, as he did last year when he revealed that he was working on a film based around Disney's Haunted Mansion. But this first panel, for the indie company FilmDistrict, featured Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, which GDT produced and co-wrote—and which received its own panel at last year's con.

As a matter of fact, the panel spotlighted both Don't Be Afraid of the Dark and an upcoming crime thriller called Drive (which looks awesome, by the way), with cast and filmmakers for both movies onstage at the same time. A good deal of the panel was devoted to Del Toro and Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn praising each other's work, with a lot of attention focused on Drive and Refn.

The panel did have a number of peripheral sci-fi references, however: One of the stars of Drive in attendance was Hellboy himself, Ron Perlman, while one of Refn's upcoming projects is the long-in-the-works remake of Logan's Run, with Drive star Ryan Gosling as Logan (that movie was mentioned only in passing).

But other than that, a few words from star Guy Pearce about playing the dad in Don't Be Afraid of the Dark and a showing of the movie's new trailer, Del Toro had nothing new to reveal ... yet. He's got two more panels at Comic-Con this weekend, including an early look at his upcoming sci-fi epic Pacific Rim, so we might still hear something from the man between now and Sunday!

(Trailer via UGO)

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