A Minute With: Katie Holmes on "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark"

Wed Aug 24, 2011 5:26pm EDT
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By Iain Blair

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - It sounds like a latter-day version of "The Odd Couple" -- petite, American actress Katie Holmes (Mrs. Tom Cruise) paired with portly Mexican writer/director Guillermo del Toro, a gothic horror film devotee known for "Hellboy" and "Blade" franchises.

But their new film together, "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark" which hits theaters on Friday, is anything but a comedy in the vein of "The Odd Couple."

Rather it is a serious scare-fest that also stars Guy Pearce and Bailee Madison and an army of evil little creatures who invade an old house and terrorize its occupants.

Holmes and del Toro recently sat down with Reuters to talk about the film, what scares them (and Tom), and why people get a kick from being afraid in movie theaters.

Q: Katie, are you a big horror fan?

Holmes: "Yes, I like classic horror films. But I'm not a big slasher, gory type of horror film fan."

Q: So I assume if this was full of slashing, you would have been be a little less eager.

Holmes: "Right, and I don't think it would have Guillermo's name on it."   Continued...

<p>Cast member actress Katie Holmes arrives at the "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark" premiere during the Los Angeles Film Festival in Los Angeles, California, June 26, 2011. REUTERS/Gus Ruelas</p>