The three set book series, SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK, written by Alan Schwartz is probably most famous for its artwork by Stephen Gammell. Fairly scary and some say not appropriate for young children, the books and their art were one of the most controversial books for children. Now in 2019, director André Øvredal, famous for such modern classics as TROLLHUNTER (2010) and THE AUTOPSY OF JANE DOE (2016), is back with an adaptation of the Schwartz books.
Teenagers Stella, Auggie, and Chuck meet up with an out-of-town eighteen year old named Ramón. When fleeing bullies on Halloween, they land up at the old Bellow house, an abandoned mansion with dark secrets. While investigating the rooms, they find an old book that may bring evil upon the town.
Starring relatively unknowns, the movie however received good reviews. Oddly just like the books, the film may be a bit more scary than its suggested viewership. With its successful box office run, the movie is another in a list of 2019 horror films bringing success to theaters. Dark Discussions takes a look at this new film and gives their thoughts.