Download Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

Stories taken from true urban legends
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark
Mill Valley, Pennsylvania, Halloween night, 1968. After playing a joke on a school bully, Sarah and her friends decide to sneak into a supposedly haunted house that once belonged to the powerful Bellows family, unleashing dark forces that they will be unable to control.
Title Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark
Release Date 2019-08-08
Runtime
Genres Horror Thriller
Production Companies 1212 Entertainment, Double Dare You Productions, Entertainment One, CBS Films, Rolling Hills, Starlight International Media, Hivemind
Production Countries Canada, China, United States of America

Reviews

msbreviews
If you enjoy reading my Spoiler-Free reviews, please follow my blog :) This might be the very first film of 2019, which I knew absolutely nothing about going into the theater. Usually, I avoid trailers for most movies, but it’s almost impossible to not catch an image or a clip here and there. However, for Scary Stories, since it wasn’t heavily marketed in my country (at least), the only things I knew was that Guillermo del Toro was involved and that it was a horror flick. Knowing del Toro, I also remembered myself that this wouldn’t just be a straightforward horror story, filled with predictable jump scares, and a bland narrative. That’s my first advice to my fellow readers: if you expect a film similar to those of The Conjuring Universe, then you’ll be disappointed. It’s also not the other extreme. It doesn’t follow the ambiguity and weirdness of Jordan Peele’s installments, so if you’re one of those people that don’t appreciate that type of horror, you’re safe as well. Having in mind the latest movies released from the genre, it’s hard to find one that balances these two separate takes instead of choosing one of them. Scary Stories spends its first half slow-building their characters, but mainly its story. There’s a massive build-up to something that’s pretty much the premise of the film, so it struggles to reach the actual “action” without it becoming a tad boring or too long. It’s a “breath of fresh air” (in the genre, I mean) to have a good set up, with decent character development, and an exponential interest in the main story, instead of jumping into silly horror sequences fifteen minutes after it started. André Øvredal does an excellent job in directing. He really knows how to generate suspense and create a genuinely creepy build-up. There’s tremendous camera work involved in some fantastic sequences that don’t rely on jump scares to provide the “fear” factor. It’s the never-ending suspense, that feeling of claustrophobia even if the character isn’t in a confined space. Except for one scene, we can always see what’s happening. The “monsters” don’t appear out of nowhere, they don’t screech at you precisely at the third time a character looks another way, and the actual jump scares are rather efficient. However, they’re not scary, as well as the movie itself… It’s not simply a scary film. It doesn’t have that heavy and dark tone that we feel in other horror movies. At first, I thought it might be a bad thing, but Scary Stories establishes this distinct tone from the very beginning. Even without knowing a single thing about the film, I understood from the first few minutes that it was going to be “different”. I would advise caution to not judge this movie by its trailers if they indicate that this is one of those films to make you scream every five minutes. There’s definitely a message to be transmitted, and I think it was well-delivered in the ending. It might be too cheesy for some or lack impact for a movie that asks the audience for a bit of patience, but for me, it worked well enough. The acting is mostly good. Zoe Colletti (Stella) and Michael Garza (Ramon) are undoubtedly the standouts, and they do a good job of carrying the narrative forward. They both have compelling backstories, but for the time that the film spends developing its characters, I wish they went more in-depth with Stella. She has a particularly intriguing past, and I don’t think we get enough out of it. Gabriel Rush (Auggie) and Austin Zajur (Chuck) have great chemistry, but their comic-relief roles are a disservice to an otherwise pretty solid movie. Technically, there are some beautiful shots from the DP, Roman Osin. Usually, sequences at night in low-budget films suffer a lot with lack of clear visibility, but Osin does a remarkable job, playing with lighting in a truly unique way. I’m curious to know what audiences will think of this movie. If I had to bet, I think people will leave disappointed due to the lack of more generic jump scares, and a straightforward narrative. Truth be told, the slow pacing doesn’t help, especially when the character development only works for two. Finally, the “scary stories” that Sarah tells are entertaining and imaginative, and the whole concept of this film is incredibly captivating. All in all, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is a distinct horror flick, with well-developed leads, and a creative approach to an unique premise. It doesn’t follow the rules of generic horror, by not relying itself too much on jump scares, and making the actual story and characters the main interest. Beautifully-produced by Guillermo del Toro and co. as well as brilliantly directed by André Øvredal. The “scary stories” are indeed dark and creepy, providing a whole second-half of excellent horror scenes. However, the first-half takes its time to set everything up, and the lack of more “action” might leave some viewers disappointed. Only two characters are genuinely engaging, which proves that the slow build-up didn’t entirely pay off as it should have. It’s meant to be a divisive movie, but I definitely recommend seeing it! Rating: B-
SWITCH.
There’s just enough scares to appeal to the under-15s with disposable income, but very little for anyone else looking to get into the real Halloween spirit. ‘Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark’ has the potential to be really unique, but is let down by its blandness and lack of originality. Yes, there’s a hint at a sequel at the end of the film, but I hope for our sake that the book is closed on any more of these scary stories. - Charlie David Page Read Charlie's full article... https://www.maketheswitch.com.au/article/review-scary-stories-to-tell-in-the-dark-a-harmless-tale-that-wont-haunt-you

Leave a Review?

You must be registered and logged in to submit your review.

Recently Searched

55241 Meteor Storm 2010 261482 The Handcuff 1979 19851 Grey Gardens 2009 201347 Invincible Enforcer 1979 262174 Femina 1991 118682 The Bandit 1969 263498 Vaanavarayan Vallavarayan 2014 104498 Leonor 1975 78560 The Gathering 2007 494152 Mitwa 2015 353094 I Love You Final Answer 2002 75001 Mollo Tutto 1995 422879 Iexcl Susana Quiere Perder Eso 1977 243907 Reunion 2013 23766 Billa 2009 40952 Alone In The Dark 1982 40592 Loft 2005 376448 Inner Trial 2008 247179 Hot Skin 1978 28850 Endgame 1983 41578 Floundering 1994 410395 The Second Quest 2004 362214 The Gas Man 2014 90121 Death Force 1978 174533 Luke Joins The Navy 1916 336010 The Chair 2016 344911 The Apostate 1987 6169 Mit Deinen Augen 2004 59908 Daddy And The Muscle Academy 1991 388977 Black Sabbath Live In Buenos Aires 1994 35324 Sight 2008 Why Women Kill 77716 The Cup 2011 88247 A Long Weekend In Pest And Buda 2003 276815 Emmanuelle 2000 Being Emmanuelle 2000 58428 The Innkeepers 2011 278029 Sarovaram 1993 53779 Kings Row 1942 82569 Chann Pardesee 1980 436796 Sensual Encounters Of Every Kind 1978 74178 Little Hercules 2010 13092 How To Lose Friends And Alienate People 2008 157843 Queen Of The Desert 2015 488383 Bruno Mars 24k Magic Live At The Apollo 2017 8889 The Anarchist S Wife 2008 71678 U2 Live At Glastonbury 2011 426461 The Unmarried Wife 2016 494864 Aadha Love 2017 396138 Hey Babe 1983 249544 Esok Masih Ada 1979 174913 Hey There 1918 482500 The Last Level 2004 51641 Riders Of The Deadline 1943 144535 Bushido 1965 154038 Epcot 1966 220284 Shart The Challenge 2004 473412 Karao Lan Geliyor 1972 307035 Tadon And Chikuwa 1998 22599 The Hire Star 2001 14019 Ex Drummer 2007 435665 Ava S Impossible Things 2016 110022 Girl Boss Crazy Ball Game 1974 277717 Afraid Of Everything 1999 128450 Home Run Showdown 2012 147037 Terror Among Us 1981 131978 Suave Patria 2012 105002 Haunted House Elf 1990 437065 Wunschkinder 2016 128021 The Lazarus Syndrome 1978 50555 Human Zoo 2009 311054 The Case Of Hana And Alice 2015 2565 Joe Versus The Volcano 1990 174946 The Busher 1919 494605 El Despiadado 1990 350061 Ultimate Desires 1991 446171 Madame Hyde 2018 301920 Born Of The Wind 1964 418605 Armored Trooper Votoms Case Irvine 2010 317919 Abschied 1966 287934 Schuld Und Rache 2007 200677 Les Gros Bras 1963 80549 La Reina Sin Espejo 2009 253464 Federal Operator 99 1945 95827 Work Hard Play Hard 2012 48819 The Bear 1998 444822 Uma Estrela Pra Ioio 2003 329291 The Spring 1972 365612 Dos Corazones Y Un Cielo 1959 15877 The Sky Crawlers 2008 187611 La Chetron Sauvage 1986 314673 Pwg 2011 Battle Of Los Angeles 2011 319053 Laramie Mountains 1952 44862 Once Fallen 2010 227877 Torment 2013 105854 Island Of The Living Dead 2009 47743 The Saint In New York 1938 469799 Amelia 2 0 2017 250224 Villa Lobos A Life Of Passion 2000 33718 Bottom Live 3 Hooligan S Island 1997 164502 The Double 2012