We all grew up being told not to look under our beds because that’s where the demons hide, little did I know that they could await us on the bed itself. Released on August 9, 2019 for a very niche audience, Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark is nothing less than an entertaining yet spooky thriller. Honestly, less spooky and more creepy.
The movie is somewhat based on Alvin Schwartz’s famous pieces of short horror stories that were meant for kids. Whether it’s a crawling spider or a hideous scarecrow, kids have their own nightmarish relations with the world and the movie showcases a bit of that. If you as a kid loved reading these stories or connect with them at a similar level, then just the disappearance of ugly looking demons without blood dripping off them is enough to keep you hooked.
However, thriving on short stories written by Sarah Bellows, the girl who once lived in a mansion that’s now a haunted house, the movie in simple words, narrates the darkest fears that come alive amidst a group of teenagers and lead them to a place which no one knows, not even the audience. Kids are mischievous but it’s often the mischief that leads us into trouble and the movie is testimony to that.
Now, I don’t want to spill the beans for you. All I can and will say is that a movie is a 3 on 5 on an average when it comes to entertainment and the horror front.
The dialogues, the narration, and the characters are all nearly impeccable. Stories hurt and stories heal, and Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark show exactly that. However, the major missing point in the movie is the scare. Yes, you read that right. While it’s intriguing enough how the stories come alive right in time, it’s spooky too. More than that the demons are not horrifying, they are creepy to look at. Now one may feel terrified by just being in a situation like this, but what I feel every horror flick must have is the terror of the ghosts’ appearance that leaves even the audiences terrified. Unfortunately, Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark fails to deliver that. Also, a few scenes make you feel as if the movie is being dragged plus those plots are predictable too. Now, where’s the fun in that?
For entertainment, the movie deserves a 3 out of 5. On the other hand, it’s a 2 to 2.5 for being a spooky thriller. As far as the narration is concerned, the movie has some of the best and most impactful lines which gets it 3.5 out of 5. The characters are just fine yet I failed to understand why Sarah Bellows looked so commonly spooky in the last scene. I mean, come on, they could have designed Sarah a bit more visually compelling. At least, for the sake of horror, huh?!
Anyway, if you as a kid had a fondness towards short horror stories irrespective of how simple or fucked up a demon looked, this is the movie that you must watch. It’s a mix of entertainment and spookiness, with a pinch of creepiness. Else, you can wait for it to come up on Netflix or Amazon Prime because one thing I can assure you of is that you’re definitely not missing out on anything.