The stories in the book come to life.
The book in question, is Sarah Bellows book of scary stories and even in death, she is writing her stories but this time, they are coming to life and terrorizing the children of Mill Valley, Pennsylvania in 1968. Stella (Zoe Colleti) wants to be a writer, her two best friends Auggie (Gabriel Rush) and Chuck (Austin Zajur) and their new friend Ramón (Michael Garza) decide to go to the Bellows house since it has notoriety for being haunted. As one expects, Stella takes the book of scary stories home and she is the first to notice when a new story appears that seems to match the mysterious disappearance of the town bully Tommy. One by one, the children are put in a scary story and it is up to Stella and Ramón to stop Sarah, and the only way to stop her is by promising that her story would be told since she had been framed by her corrupt family while she was alive. In the process, Auggie and Chuck disappear and even in the end, they don’t come back.
As a child I read all of the stories in the book Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, so when the movie was announced and trailers began being released, I was very excited. While the monsters in the movie were rightfully terrifying, the movie fell short from being as terrifying as the book was. The scariest creature was probably The Jangly Man, because of his contortionist movements and the overall grotesque character design. Despite the movie not being as scary as I thought it would be, the stories surrounding Stella and her life with her dad, as well as the scary reality that Ramón faced, being drafted into the Vietnam war. I enjoyed the interpersonal connections between the characters throughout the movie. I remember watching the trailers and finding it really scary, to the point that I was not going to the theater to watch it because I wanted to watch it from the safety of my house. But the movie wasn’t as chilling as it seemed, so that’s my big take away from the film. Not as scary as it appeared to be. Still a good film though.
Have you guys seen it? What did you think of it?