Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

2019, Mystery & thriller/Horror, 1h 51m

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Like the bestselling series of books that inspired it, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark opens a creepy gateway into horror for younger genre enthusiasts. Read critic reviews

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Movie Info

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.

Cast & Crew

Michael Garza
Ramon Morales
Gabriel Rush
Auggie Hilderbrandt
Austin Abrams
Tommy Milner
Dean Norris
Roy Nicholls
Gil Bellows
Chief Turner
Austin Zajur
Chuck Steinberg
Natalie Ganzhorn
Ruth Steinberg
Kathleen Pollard
Sarah Bellows
Deborah Pollitt
Mrs. Steinberg
Marie Ward
Mrs. Hildebrandt
Mark Steger
Harold the Scarecrow, Pale Lady
Javier Botet
Big Toe Corpse
Troy James
Jangly Man
Kyle Labine
Deputy Hobbs
Karen Glave
Claire Baptiste
Stephanie Belding
Reception Nurse
Dan Hageman
Screenwriter
Kevin Hageman
Screenwriter
Peter Luo
Executive Producer
Alex Ginno
Executive Producer
Joshua Long
Executive Producer
Roberto Grande
Executive Producer
Roman Osin
Cinematography
Marco Beltrami
Original Music
Anna Drubich
Original Music
David Brisbin
Production Design
Brandt Gordon
Art Director
Patricia Larman
Set Decoration
Ruth Myers
Costume Design
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  • Aug 20, 2021
    On a Halloween night in a small town, some outsider kids go to the local haunted house for some cheap thrills ("boo!") but instead accidentally set off the re-emergence of a long-ago legend of mysterious terror. This could have been like any number of other typical modern-day horror entries except for how it unusually concentrates on an old-fashioned sense of tone and mood. Inexorable foreboding wherein one is uncertain of what is so unnerving is the path chosen here, making for a more satisfying ride. The resolution could've been better, but still this beats most others of these kinds of films...and so it will stick around a lot longer.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Oct 28, 2020
    Based off a kids book of very short stories, the movie picks a handful of them and gives them the full horror movie upgrade. Another great movie from André Øvredal of "Troll Hunter" and the "Autopsy of Jane Doe."
    Mark B Super Reviewer
  • Apr 27, 2020
    Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is a mediocre horror film from Guillermo del Toro. Based on the popular book series, a group of misfit teenagers explore a haunted house where they find a book belonging to a witch that begins to write stories in blood foretelling each of their deaths. The script is pretty formulaic and the creatures are rather tame (kind of what you'd expect from a kids book series). Still, the sets and costumes are well done and set the right tone and feel for the time period. And there's a powerful message about the power of storytelling. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark has its problems, but it's entertaining and delivers a few chills.
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  • Jan 07, 2020
    The film is stylish and offers some interesting story beats for the adaptation. Impressive horror troupes can't overcome a forced storyline though, but knowing the source material, they did quite well. The film feels like a series starter, and in this day and age, it's starting to grow tiresome. The story is contained with the ending, but there has been little news regarding sequels. The characters are well cast and I thought the historic setting was fitting. I did enjoy the film, even if the story was needlessly complicated for its target audience. The filmmaker and writers were creative and respectful to the source material, and on that front they have done very well. The film won't be for everyone, some truly creepy moments here. It's nice to see a creative horror film, not reliant on jump scares and shock horror. Remember this was never aimed for older audiences and you'll enjoy something entertaining. 04/01/2020
    Brendan N Super Reviewer

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