February 14, 2011 at 05:01 PM EST

Image Credit: IMJust when you thought it was safe to go back in the basement … FilmDistrict and Miramax have announced a partnership for the U.S. distribution of Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, set for theatrical release on August 12.

The release date for the horror remake, produced and co-written by Guillermo Del Toro, had been delayed in October, when Disney was in the process of unloading Miramax. Directed by Troy Nixey and based on a 1973 made-for-TV movie (which producer Del Toro has said is among the scariest ever made), the plot revolves around a young girl (Bailee Madison), who hears voices coming from the hidden cellar of the ancient Rhode Island home she’s moved to with her dad (Guy Pearce) and his new girlfriend (Katie Holmes).

Mike Lang, CEO of Miramax says in a statement, “We’re very pleased to partner with FilmDistrict to bring Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark to U.S. audiences. Guillermo Del Toro has crafted a true thriller that exemplifies the type of high-quality films for which Miramax is known. We are thrilled to add it to our growing library and we look forward to maximizing its U.S. theatrical and long-term potential.”

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