It's just a poster. It's just a poster. Posters can't harm you. At least, in theory.

Check out the spookeriffic poster for producer Guillermo Del Toro's Don't Be Afraid of the Dark below. Those hands under the stairs are the movie itself, grasping to reach the surface after getting locked into a film basement, following the sale of Miramax. Now it's finally escaping into theaters, specifically to grab you by the ankles, on August 26, 2011. Though the poster says the 12th, but that's just a trick meant to confuse and frighten you.

Don't Be Afraid of the Dark follows the story of a young girl who has to live with her father and his new girlfriend, because her mom abandoned her. There's nothing scarier for kids than the thought of a parent abandoning them... other than evil night goblins. Night goblins is a close #2. Curse you, night goblins. Terrorizing our nation's children broken home children.

Guy Pearce and Katie Holmes star in the film, directed by Troy Nixey. (Fangoria)