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Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019)

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Critic Consensus: Like the bestselling series of books that inspired it, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark opens a creepy gateway into horror for younger genre enthusiasts.

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It's l968 in America. Change is blowing in the wind... but seemingly far removed from the unrest in the cities is the small town of Mill Valley where for generations, the shadow of the Bellows family has loomed large. It is in their mansion on the edge of town that Sarah, a young girl with horrible secrets, turned her tortured life into a series of scary stories, written in a book that has transcended time--stories that have a way of becoming all too real for a group of teenagers who discover Sarah's terrifying tome.

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Cast

Zoe Margaret Colletti
as Stella Nicholls
Michael Garza
as Ramon Morales
Gabriel Rush
as Auggie Hilderbrandt
Austin Abrams
as Tommy Milner
Dean Norris
as Roy Nicholls
Gil Bellows
as Chief Turner
Austin Zajur
as Chuck Steinberg
Natalie Ganzhorn
as Ruth Steinburg
Kathleen Pollard
as Sarah Bellows
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The plot takes many twists with an ingeniously designed set of monsters creating havoc at regular intervals.

September 25, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

The film... is a loving and faithful adaptation, even if it gets lost in its attempt to wrap the whole thing up in a neat metaphor.

August 30, 2019 | Rating: 3/5

The genre tropes are all alive and well and Scary Stories delivers them with élan but the dispiriting ending hangs over everything like a pall.

August 29, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Proof, once again, that a creaky floorboard, judiciously used, is worth more than any expensive digital trickery.

August 26, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Scary Stories hits with the scares as much as it misses with the storytelling, levelling out to a glass half full.

August 22, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Øvredal's sense of horror is neither notably stark nor significantly ornamental; it's nearly textureless, as if it had been squeezed from a tube.

August 16, 2019 | Full Review…

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