Film Review | Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019)
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

Plot: A group of teens discovers a book while exploring an abandoned house only to discover that the stories it contains become all too real once read – Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark .

Director: Andre Øvredal

Starring: Zoe Margaret Colletti, Michael Garza, Austin Zajur

Genre: Horror

Release Date: August 2019

When I saw the trailer for this film, I said how much it reminded me of the early ’00s horror films such as Thirteen Ghosts and Darkness Falls, which were a little cheesy and very cliche but still good and now after watching I most definitely feel that this film came out about 15 years too late.

Austin Abrams in Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019)
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

Now I must admit that I’ve read none of the books, however, when it comes to the director, I enjoyed both Trollhunter and The Autopsy of Jane Doe, both of which had great victuals, suspense and I enjoy re-watching over and over, so going in I was expecting the film to look good and be moderately scary.

Well, I was half right, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is visually a treat, overall it falls somewhere in between being too grownup for children, but not quite scary enough for adults, which is a shame as I could see the filmmakers were going for an almost anthology film in the style of IT.

Austin Zajur in Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019)

Although not finding the film particularly scary, Øvredal still managed a few sequences that built up the tension, especially the scenes in the cornfield, only let down by some bag CGI.

You can tell Guillermo del Toro had a hand in the screenplay, with his famous eye for detail once again producing some wonderful creature design unlucky children to face, just like in Crimson Peak and Mama.

Scary Stores to Tell in the Dark
Scary Stores to Tell in the Dark

When it comes to the characters, there is a little character development and a couple of surprising decisions made by the filmmakers in terms of the fate of characters, but mostly, the audience doesn’t learn a great deal about the kids or the creatures.

In the end, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is a fun popcorn horror that you’ll look back on fondly if you’re currently between the age of 13 and 17, just like I do with the horrors that came out in my formative years if however, you are outside of this age bracket there are better and scarier films out there to enjoy.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

If you liked: Jeepers Creepers, Darkness Falls, Final Destination.

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