This is one that I have been looking forward to in like forever! And a few days ago I finally managed to go and see it, on my birthday no less which makes my experience watching this nostalgic horror movie even more special. Yes, I can only be talking about none other than Guillermo Del Toro’s adoption of Alvin Shwartz’s 1981s horror short stories for children. No, I happened to miss the hype on the release of these books as I was unfortunately born a decade too late, but I made up for it. Hehe, so when it was announced that a film was in the works I pulled up my big girl pants and prepared myself to face the demons that had asked me senseless as a child.
From Book To Scream!
As I can put it, Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark was R.L Stine’s Goosebumps of the 80s. Except scarier. When the film first began, we are slowly introduced to five main characters who will be taking the title of heroines and heroes of the horror genre. On Halloween night five friends break into the house of Sarah Bellows, the towns legendary writer of scary stories it seems. However, there seems to be more than meets the eye to dear old departed Sarah Bellows, revealing that the stories she had written resulted in strange disappearances of many children in the area. Legend has it that the stories penned by Sarah Bellows were in fact written in the blood of the innocent children she took.
Although slow to start off, the movie does take its time in establishing characters and atmosphere. This doesn’t really put me off as the film progressed it engaged me and I found myself squirming uncomfortably in my seat ‘many’ times. Coming from a notorious horror director such as Del Toro, it is only natural to expect high things. He did not disappoint in my opinion. The atmosphere was palpable throughout the movie, the acting good but what I loved most was how the monsters looked exactly like Stephen Gammell’s truly malevolent illustrations that scarred our minds for life. One scene in particular twisted my gut and left me feeling waves of nausea the entire time I was sat watching it. if you’re like me then you’ll know what I’m talking about! if not then, well… good on you! ha
Tensing Terror A White Knuckle Ride On The Silver Screen!
The scares were terrifying and I often found myself squinting throughout especially when old ‘Harold’ made an appearance. Urgh…fuckin scarecrows man! Hell no! For an adaption of children’s short horror stories I truly commend this film because I enjoyed it. I’m no professional critic, I’m simply a girl who LOVES HORROR and loves sharing her passion for horror movies with other weirdos like myself.
Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark is a fun, nostalgic trip down memory lane. I highly recommend you go see it! It’s spooky, it’s scary and it’ll have you looking under your bed for weeks to come. saying that…..I best go check under mine now….be right back…