31 Days of Horror: Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

Sorry, we are so behind on this. It was a hard, hard week for me. But moving on to the next movie. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.

Like many people my age, I grew up on the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark books. I have a distinct memory of being in the car at night on an old two-lane highway listening to a cassette of these. The toe story has a special spot in my mind because of the darkness of that trip and how much it seeped into my young mind. So I was pretty excited when I heard that they were making this movie. As stills and more information came out, my excitement only grew. Then I missed it.

Still, I was happy to finally explore the movie, and my response was… mostly good. I think CGI was a tad overused where more practical effects could have been pushed, although, in some instances, it is pretty well nailed (The Pale Lady).

I also found that the movie had an interesting balance. Older horror fans wanted this to be a movie for them. It’s not, nor should it have been. The books were for kids. Still, the movie was not afraid to push the envelope, and even adult me found some parts of it genuinely horrifying and shocking. The pacing and parts of the story tend to lean harder into kid’s horror, but that’s fine. This movie had to appeal to a wide range of ages, and for the most part, I think it did.

I also enjoyed the way the movie played out. The problem is it had to be an anthology by the source material’s nature, but I think it was a smart call to have them all interconnected.

I don’t think it exactly lived up to the hype, but I also don’t know that it could have. Either way, I enjoyed it and am glad I finally got around to seeing it. Also, the “hay scene” is horrifying and proves that good horror does not require gore.

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