Saturday, August 10, 2019

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark - Movie Review

The Movie: Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

The Director: André Øvredal

The Cast: Zoe Margaret Colletti, Michael Garza, Gabriel Rush, Dean Norris, Gil Bellows, Lorraine Toussaint, Austin Zajur, Natalie Ganzhorn, Austin Abrams, Kathleen Pollard

The Story: A group of teens face their fears in order to save their lives.

The Review:
Before seeing this movie, I only had a slight awareness that it is based off of a series of short horror story books that are super popular. So yeah, where have I been all this time? The audience I saw the movie with seemed to be way more knowledgeable than I was as I could hear lots of conversation about certain characters and key story points and everyone seemed to be super into the whole thing which was great to see.

The younger audience members and families seemed to be a little shell shocked at just how legitimately dark and scary the PG-13 screen adaptation turned out to be which I give Guillermo del Toro a lot of credit for this as both a screenwriter and producer. His signature style is all over the movie from the dark, Gothic tone to the gruesome creatures he brings to life, there is no doubt that this is one of his movies. What I really hope is that the younger generations that watch this movie will look for his other titles especially Pan's Labyrinth which, in my opinion, is one of the greatest movies ever made.

I like how the film making team was able to create a single narrative for the movie rather than translating the individual short stories and with the cast of young characters firmly in place, I have no doubt that this is set up to be an ongoing franchise which I am all for. Being a big fan of the horror genre, I am always excited to see movies made for a general audience that aren't just a cheap cash grab so they can hopefully get people to dig deeper and find that there is a huge world of horror out there to be explored.

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is a really fun movie that I would encourage everyone to see in a theater with a big crowd as the shared experience makes the chills and thrills that much better. The energy in the room as the credits rolled was amazing and the conversations were inspiring. Seeing kids marvel at what they just saw and excitedly talking to their parents about it or watching as a group of teens compared notes on the coolest parts of the movie was nearly as much fun as watching the movie itself.

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