Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

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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.

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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
André Øvredal
Director
Dan Hageman
Screenwriter
Kevin Hageman
Screenwriter
Peter Luo
Executive Producer
Alex Ginno
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Critic Reviews for Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

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Audience Reviews for Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

  • 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.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • 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
  • Dec 28, 2019
    I was a little bit disappointed by Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, but I say that with the caveat of it being one movie that I went into with high expectations - something I generally try to avoid having if I can. There is a lot I liked, creature effects, probably top of that list, but the story feels disconnected and for me had an unsatisfying resolution.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer

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