Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark
This horror is directed by Andre Ovredal and produced by Guillermo del Toro and its about a group of teenagers discovers a book with a collection of stories from a haunting house starts supernaturally writes new stories that’ll lead them to their doom.
It is based off a children book series by Alvin Schwartz which features a collection of short stories of folklore and urban legends. I never read the books as a kid because the illustration by Stephen Gammell really freaked me out but aware of the popular short stories that were adapted to film.
Instead of making it an anthology, the filmmakers created a narrative story that the book reads you and writes down the main character’s worst fears which serves the central theme of the film. That way the film can properly move straight forward while intercepting the well-known stories from the book that represents the character’s biggest fears.
The horror elements were executed well as the filmmakers managed to bring these scary stories to life that's
suspenseful and terrifying that leads up to a proper jump scare. It captures the horrifying experience straight off from the books that bringing these monsters from Gammell’s illustration to life.
The cast performances were good as they played their role straightforward whether it’s stock more dimensional that gives the audience the investment to care for the main character’s survival. I do wanna give credit to Dean Norris’s performance who plays it subtle and sentimental.
While it was a creative decision to make it a narrative story with elements of the book, I wish they could've
done more different with the plot as it is involved with a vengeful spirit who's
responsible of writing the stories that lead to the character's
deaths and they must solve the mystery behind her past in order to stop it. That type of plot reminds me of ParaNorman that's
already been done before.
Overall, this is a well-made horror film that did a good service to the books with a creative storyline along with its suspense and well-executed scares and the cast performance. I'm
gonna give this film a “color drawing”