I'm Not Scared
Because the kiddie residents of a remote and depressed Italian village have just a few crappy toys and negligible sporting equipment, they've become imaginatively adept at creating their own old-fashioned, borderline-dangerous fun. Following such a play session at a nearby abandoned farm, the comely Michele (Giuseppe Cristiano) alone discovers something truly scary lurking under a semihidden ground covering--a creature in a hole. Michele takes frequent bicycle trips through a sun-drenched countryside cinemascape to the farm, and the audience gathers information about the creature's nature and identity at Michele's brave pace. Meanwhile, back home, Michele warily observes the village's morose adult population betray signs of inexplicable unrest and agitation. Could the problems of these grownups somehow be connected to the fate of the creature in the hole? Let's eavesdrop along with Michele. I'm Not Scared unwinds in fablelike fashion but is grounded in a particularly grisly chapter of Italian history (1978, an opening title informs us), when real ogres and witches beset the countryside for vile cause.