If you like scary stories, and better yet, movies, you will love Scary Stories to tell in the Dark. Based upon the creepy books written by Alvin Schwartz, Scary Stories brings to the screen all of the requirements for a frightening flick that resembles in some ways the popular Stranger Things T.V. series. It has a group of kids that do something they shouldn’t have, which in turn releases the evil they are now forced to confront. Of course, the setting is a haunted house, located in a small town that is innocently named ‘Mill Valley,’ during the wonderful holiday of Halloween. If this isn’t enough, Guillermo del Toro is part of the production team. Enough said, let’s get to the story.
Set in l968 in small town America, a group of teens find themselves awakening an ancient evil. The crew is made up of Stella (Zoe Margararet Colletti), an aspiring writer, Ramón (Michael Garza), who had previously saved the teens from bullies, Auggie (Gabriel Rush), who is dressed as a Pierrot, Chuck (Austin Zajur), the goofball, and his popular sister, Ruth (Natalie Ganzhorn). One night, they visit a boarded-up mansion that has a horrific history. The Bellows family used to live there, and whose actions have led to the evil that emerges. While snooping around, the teens find a book which they take with them. What they do not realize is that it was written by the murderer named Sarah Bellows (Kathleen Pollard). Sarah is now a vengeful spirit who has a horrendous past. Her family had locked her away, and while imprisoned, she wrote scary stories to cope. The stories come to life after the teens disturb the spirit, and now they become confronted with their worst nightmares.
Highly entertaining, Scary Stories to tell in the Dark, has everything a good horror movie needs. Meddling teens who awaken an evil spirit, which in turn wreaks havoc on them. The special effects work, and the suspense will have you on the edge of your seat. This is a movie that won’t let you down, and which may influence you to have second thoughts before you take something that isn’t yours. If you do not heed this warning, you may find yourself saying the same thing one of the teens did in the movie. “I’m afraid that we woke something up.”