SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK MOVIE REVIEW
We went into this adaptation of the children’s book series knowing these three things about the source material: #1- We were old enough to be unaware of their existence when they were big. #2- To all reports, the stories themselves were just ok. #3- To all reports, the illustrations were mad-awesome. So, you’re not going to get a comparison review here. However, director André Øvredal, who did two of our favorite horror films of the recent past, Trollhunters and The Autopsy of Jane Doe, was reason alone to be excited. And working from a script by horror stalwarts Guillermo Del Toro, Patrick Melton, and Marcus Dunstan, well… Maybe expectations would be a bit higher than usual for a children’s book series adaptation. Turns out, on the whole, Scary Stories lived up to the promise of its creators AND what we’ve heard about the originals. The story follows a group of kids who discover a book that belonged to a girl who was terribly abused by her rich family and as legend has it, her ghost tells children who delve into the family’s crumbling abandoned manse scary stories…the last stories they’ll ever hear! Legend turns out to be true and the book starts writing itself, with new tales of horror involving each of the kids. Faced with a ticking clock they must decipher the true history of the angry ghost scribe before their own monsters come for them. Chris, Beau, and JC take on this not-an-anthology horror and have some very positive thoughts.
DIRECTED BY: André Øvredal
STARRING: Zoe Colletti, Michael Garza, Gabriel Rush, Austin Abrams, Dean Norris, Gil Bellows, Lorraine Toussaint
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