If you grew up during the 90s, chances are you read Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark, or had at least been exposed to the series. The books had been a large part of my childhood, and the disturbing illustrations by the excellent Stephen Gammell have always stuck with me. So to hear that Guillermo del Toro was putting a film together with André Øvredal was very exciting.
The film essentially takes the disparate stories from Alvin Schwartz novels and brings them together through an interesting framing device, and a vengeful spirit. It’s up to a small group of teens to figure out the dark history behind their small town and why certain people have been disappearing. I was personally very pleased with the film, and while the credits rolled I couldn’t help but smile. Fans of the novels will get a genuine kick out of this adaptation, and I think even casual viewers will have a blast. It has an Amblin-esque quality about it, while also having a very relevant message about today’s society. As always, for my full thoughts be sure to watch the video below.
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