If So, You’re Going to Love This . . .
The film adaptation of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark just came out, and boy is it a fright. Based on the “children’s” series that goes by the same name, it is meant to be a family-friendly film. But if you’ve read the series, you know that Stephen Gammell’s illustrations are what really made the stories scary—and this film flawlessly brings them to life on the big screen. (So it’s still a little scary.)
I guess I expected the film to be corny (pun intended) with lame PG-13 kills and a cast that had no idea what they were doing. However, the film managed to make me a fan during the Harold segment.– Chris Sawin
Chris’ review make it clear that with a PG-13 rating, you’re not going to be shaking in your boots. But that doesn’t mean that it’s not a good film . . .
– Chris Sawin
The thing about the Scary Stories books is that they were just these random collections of creepy tales meant to make the reader anxious, uneasy, or even frightened, so the fact that somebody attempted to make a coherent film out of a jumbled mix of stories from all three books is kind of incredible.
Weaving a collection of short stories into a cohesive narrative is no easy feat. And the same can be said about creating a film that caters to nostalgic adults AND their kids that are new to the horror genre. Overall, Chris gave it a fair 4 out of 5 stars. So what are you waiting for? It’s story time.