The shadow of the Bellows family has loomed large in the small town of Mill Valley for generations. It’s in a mansion that young Sarah Bellows turns her tortured life and horrible secrets into a series of scary stories. These terrifying tales soon have a way of becoming all too real for a group of unsuspecting teens who stumble upon Sarah’s spooky home.
Director: André Øvredal
Finally a movie my childhood mind can enjoy? At least it’s something right? CBS Films set out to capture what spooked and frightened us as children back in the original days when schools had these books, before parents started to complain and ban them. Set in 1968 with your average teens, screwing around in places where they shouldn’t be. Which Sarah Bellows, isn’t to fond that even in death. She still writes stories that lead to people’s demise. And in this case, it’s the kind we want right?
As far as CGI goes, it’s minimum to the point that it isn’t an eyesore. The crew working on Scary Stories To Tell In the Dark made sure, that the monsters we all have read and love. Come out strong, within an actual Monster costume. Without also giving too much away, if there’s 6 teens involved, that means 6 stories to be “made”. What other monsters lurk besides Harold, Spiders and even the well known Pale Face, Black Eyed Long Black Haired Woman. If you’re wondering book wise. It crosses stories from all 3 original Scary Stories To Tell In the Dark books.
However, keep in mind this is rated PG-13 when it could have been a nice R rated film I bet. I mean the original readers (like myself), have grown up tremendous that it could have acted like an adult film. However nowadays it seems, a PG-13 rating can be a big hit and miss. Did I feel that this was a miss? Not entirely, but I do feel there’s way to many elements that we already know about cursed books. With that being said, my final thoughts about Guillermo del Toro screenplay. If you go in knowing it’s a horror movie, but without the blood, guts, all the stuff you’d see in a R rated movie not be there. But allow your inner child to come out and see these monsters that scared the hell out of us when we were 6 or 7 years old (or younger), on the big screen. It’s a nice little nod with a story we kind know but the way it’s setup, if your fans of “Haunted Houses” you’ll appreciate Scary Stories To Tell In the Dark.
So in conclusion, don’t take my words. Go out and see it yourself if you grew up and loved reading the original three books, who knows maybe some of the other stories that were involved, you love. The only other issue I found was, there was definitely some tales that I wish we could have seen. Maybe, down the road we could see more stories come to the big screen.
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