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3 Reasons To Watch “Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark”

scary stories to tell in the dark

Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark

Rated: PG-13

Inspired by one of the most terrifying children’s book series of all time, SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK follows a group of young teens who must solve the mystery surrounding sudden and macabre deaths in their small town.

Summary

3 Reasons To See Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark

  1. The easiest way to describe the movie is imagine Stranger Things meets the Goosebumps movie meets the original stories. It really works well.
    • Period piece set against kids knowing something strange is going on but know the adults can’t help save them gave me strong Stranger Things vibes.
    • The stories being more than just stories reminded me very much of Goosebumps. It’s also a clever way to use all the separate stories.
  2. The movie featured great selections of stories from the books. Plus they look like the illustrations from the book! (Original illustrations. )
  3. The actual plot of the movie is actually pretty decent. The outsider kids end up running away from the local bully. They end up in the local haunted house and discover the book of stories from a local legend. Surprise! The stories aren’t just stories.
    • No spoilers here but the revelations about Sarah were very interesting.
      • I loved that she wasn’t a ‘monster’ for no reason.
3 reasons to watch 'scary stories to tell in the dark'

2 Reasons You Might Pass on Watching Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark

  1. This is not a children’s movie.
    • The PG-13 rating is there for a reason.
      • Swearing and a racial slur make an appearance.
    • This is addition to the obvious scares.
      • Most of the scares are jump scares.
      • The monsters are pretty scary looking.
    • I’m actually a bit disappointed by the rating of the movie.
      • Adults have been trying to keep these stories from kids for over 30 years. That’s why the books are constantly on banned books lists.
      • The rating is a cheap way to keep it out of the hands of kids. (Yes, many parents may not care but this will keep it out of some tweens/kids hands.)
        • For example, thanks to the rating I can’t show it for any of my family movie programs.
  2. They set it up for a sequel.
    • This is one of my number one pet peeves about movies!
    • The story could have easily been wrapped up (and I think I might have appreciated it more).

Should You See It?

I did actually enjoy it more than I was expecting. It was scary enough for me while not being too over the top.

Adults of a certain age (who likely read the books as a kid) will enjoy the movie. I’d recommend leaving the younger kids at home though.

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