Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark Trailer

What’s this? A Katie Holmes movie I want to see?! The trailer for Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark has appeared online and it’s the latest from Guillermo del Toro. He actually did not direct this film – that honor went to Troy Nixey. Toro simply co-wrote the screenplay, alongside Matthew Robbins – and it looks to be a doozy of a screenplay!

Synopsis: Sally Hurst (Bailee Madison), a lonely, withdrawn child, has just arrived in Rhode Island to live with her father Alex (Guy Pearce) and his new girlfriend Kim (Holmes) at the 19th-century mansion they are restoring. While exploring the sprawling estate, the young girl discovers a hidden basement, undisturbed since the strange disappearance of the mansion’s builder a century ago. When Sally unwittingly lets loose a race of ancient, dark-dwelling creatures who conspire to drag her down into the mysterious house’s bottomless depths, she must convince Alex and Kim that it’s not a fantasy—before the evil lurking in the dark consumes them all.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.

Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark arrives in theaters Jan. 21, 2011.