"If there are any kids in the room, it's too late," Guillermo del Toro told the crowds at Hall H on Friday afternoon -- after he had already let loose a few good-natured profanities and prepared to show some creepy footage from a horror film he godfathered, "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark."
It was the first of several characteristically colorful comments form the "Hellboy" auteur. ("The movie is as serious as an attack of gonorrhea," when asked whether "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark" contained any comedy.)
The movie he was here to promote, a remake of a 1970s horror film, he helped write and produce follows some of Del Toro's familiar preoccupations: A young girl finds herself in a new and scary home and must grapple with forces that haunt it.
Katie Holmes stars and visual artist Troy Nixey makes his feature debut. The last time Del Toro godfathered a budding filmmaker's work, it became the extremely well-received "The Orphanage," J.A. Bayona's Gothic ghost story.