Movie Review: Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark
| by Winter Lawrence |
Description: PG-13 | Horror | Mystery | Thriller
Starring: Zoe Margaret Colletti | Michael Garza | Gabriel Rush | Austin Zajur
The Story: It's 1968 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 Bellows, 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.
Winter’s Review: I think it’s super important to prefix this review by saying that they base this movie on the book series “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.” The collections of urban legends are short horror stories for children. Think R. L. Stine’s “Goosebumps,” but with a lot more spook factor and a little more twisted gore.
With that being said, they didn’t advertise the movie adaptation of “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” as a children’s horror movie, which, honestly, to me, was the only problem with it. Overall, I really enjoyed it. The storyline was fully fleshed out and well written, the acting was great, and the spook factor was definitely there. I had to cover my eyes twice! The thirteen-year-old tween in me would have had nightmares for weeks after watching it, and as an adult, I have to say I was very impressed with the cinematography and the special effects. The monsters were seriously creepy—albeit in that “teen way,” but it was still fun to watch, so grab your gear and head out to the theaters, folks, because this one is worth the trip!
Winter’s Forecast: 4 Flurries!
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Winter’s Forecast runs on a Five-Flurry Rating System, with five being a perfect storm of fantastic acting, astounding storylines and film components, and an all-around amazing movie-going experience. Here’s the rest of the breakdown: