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|Original title:||Scary Stories to tell in the Dark|
|Genre:||Horror, Adventure, Fantasy|
|Production country:||USA 2019|
|Running time:||Ca. 107 Min|
|Rated:||From 16 years|
1968: Halloween is just around the corner in the small village of Mill Valley. The highlight of the year, especially for the children and young people. Stella (Zoe Margaret Colletti) and her friends end up in the creepiest of all nights in the former estate of the Bellows family, which has been considered a ghost house for years. Here you will find a mysterious handwritten book with eerie stories, written by a certain Sarah Bellows. Stella takes the book with her, unaware that she is bringing great harm upon herself and her friends. Because suddenly new stories appear in the book, which become terrible reality for the children. But how are the children supposed to stop the vengeful spirit of Sarah bellows before they fall victim to all their stories?
"Scary Stories to tell in the Dark" is based on the popular scary books by Alvin Schwartz. Director André Øvredal and co-writer/producer Guillermo del Toro have turned the original into an atmospheric horror film for a younger audience. It's like the next step after the first part of "Goose Bumps" - never really cruel, but creepy enough not to be a children's movie anymore. Hardcore horror fans will probably only be able to smile tiredly about this, but will have to admit to the film that it is really doing a good job as a genre entry.
The visual influence of Toro is more than obvious. It's thanks to the atmospheric set and creature design that you can also have fun with this movie as a viewer beyond the age of 20. Surely, there is a quite simple horror story told here, which doesn't offer many surprises, especially for those who know the subject matter. However, the realization is really well done and especially for the fact that the movie is more about teenagers, it has some really creepy moments to offer. I was sure when I watched the movie that I would have loved him as a teenager. And that's exactly why I liked him so much, even as an adult.
Charmingly drawn characters, a nostalgic creepy mood and a little target group-oriented humor don't make "Scary Stories to tell in the Dark" a masterpiece, but a very entertaining cause for goose bumps for everyone who wants to slowly approach the horror genre. But there is a very clear one: Worth seeing!
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