Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark Reviews

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August 16, 2019
Øvredal's sense of horror is neither notably stark nor significantly ornamental; it's nearly textureless, as if it had been squeezed from a tube.
August 12, 2019
Impressively gruesome and thematically rich, drawing on political allegory that goes far beyond the simple spooks and scares of the stories themselves.
August 9, 2019
If there ever was a case of a film adaptation improving on the original source material, this is it.
August 9, 2019
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is a sort of welcome throwback, a horror movie cleverly designed to be more spooky than truly grisly.
August 9, 2019
An effective answer to the question of what to do with the kids who have aged out of trick-or-treating but still want to do something fun.
August 9, 2019
Alvin Schwartz' popular series of children's horror books comes to life in "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark," a fun, lively adaptation that pays due homage to the original and manages to keenly balance laughs and scares.
August 23, 2019
So while the actual horror and plot devices occasionally teeter on the brink of formulaic, there are several particularly unpleasant moments - and the Del Toro magic dust has been sprinkled liberally enough to make the monsters genuinely horrible.
August 22, 2019
André Øvredal doesn't only create an effective horror story, but also turns us into the victims of the monsters it stars. [Full Review in Spanish]
August 22, 2019
Though it gets a bit ragged late on, Scary Stories is pretty satisfying for the most part: meanwhile, in the background, the real horror story is unfolding - Richard Nixon is being re-elected.
August 22, 2019
[I]t's all slickly done, and a decent enough frightfest for fans of traditional scares.
August 22, 2019
Scary Stories hits with the scares as much as it misses with the storytelling, levelling out to a glass half full.
August 21, 2019
The film is genuinely creepy as an adult so God knows what it will do to today's generation of tweens.
August 19, 2019
The film is clearly rescued by director André Øvredal's talent. [Full review in Spanish]
August 19, 2019
The scares and monsters are effectively conjured, but if you're not familiar with Austin Schwartz's source material, you may be left a little cold.
August 19, 2019
The film runs out of steam as it progresses with atmosphere replaced by a reliance on CG monsters to fuel the fear.
August 19, 2019
There's plenty going on even when the plot gets choppy.
August 19, 2019
For being an all-ages film, Øverdal's Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark offers up some adult scares. While ghosts are there, the film lives in body horror and uses it as a tool to explore the fears of the characters.
August 19, 2019
The best aspect of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is the excellent use of suspense and mystery. [Full Review in Spanish]
August 19, 2019
Prepare to be entertained! Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is a refreshing take on a popular book series that filled many childhoods with unforgettable fright!
August 18, 2019
Should've gone the anthology route, or a route that doesn't deliberately rip off "It" and "Stranger Things."
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