Might need to rewatch this one at some point. Wasn't completely invested.
4 of 5 stars
Excelente filme, gráficamente espectacular y con gran historia.
3 of 5 stars
Not scary at all. :(
2 of 5 stars
I've come to expect the worst whenever I see the eOne logo during the opening of movie of choice. When my fiancee and I saw it at the start of Scary Stories, a film based on one of our favorite books from our youth? You guessed it: Immediate dread. And it was quite justified.
The film spent little time trying to build characters the viewer will care about. The first tale with Harold the Scarecrow was to someone you immediately hate, and Auggie is given little time to be fleshed out. Ramon and Stella are the only two really given any development in the sense that there is a love story building while Chuck acts more as comedic relief with the only memorable scene being when his sister slams the door in his face and it ruins the banana he was eating.
Other than that, the sixties setting feels horribly forced with camera effects that try to make it seems like that particular era, only to show how hard they tried to make it appear from that time. The racism is also played up in a way that feels like it is meant to be a pivotol plot point, only to handled in the most low-key of manners that it easily could have just been left out all together and none would have been the wiser.
And just like a typical eOne production, there is no ending. It just sets up for a sequel a la Empire Strikes Back. Granted there were additional books to the series, but much like many prior films they put out we're given a soft ending that is meant to branch out into another movie or series. Thankfully we'll see that follow-up given the success of this first entry.
On top of all of this, the creatures look very little like those from the book. Look, Guillermo del Torro is a fantastic creature effect designer, but some of the beasts in here either were laughably bad cgi, or far from the original designs in the book. I commend the man for the use of practical effects, but some of them just looked bad. The worst being the overweight women in the hospital chasing Chuck that look like something out of Killer Klowns from Outer Space. Normally that's not a bad thing, but here it just looks completely out of place.
The acting itself was sub-par too, especially at the start. As things began to set into motion some of the cast started to suit their roles save for one, and for the most part it felt like Nickelodeon doing a horror version of Bye Bye Birdie (referenced in the film as well for further validation) crossed with Are You Afraid of the Dark. It wants to be a film for the teenage demographic based on books the 25-34 year old demographic grew up with (which I fall in the tail-end of with that age range) read when they were in the single digits and barely any of it translated well.
I don't regret watching this film, and the Rotten Tomatoes score of "Meh, it passed the time" suits it perfectly. We were more captivated with how horribly the stories were translated to the big screen, and neither of us are really looking forward to the sequel we'll more than likely end up watching in hopes of some form of conclusion, which probably won't happen if eOne is involved once more. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is a film that exists, and could have been so much more than what it ended up being.
**this is a first draft review composed immediately after watching the film, so please keep this in mind if any grammatical or formatting errors appear in it**
5 of 5 stars
this is a great movie. for a movie that is not based on a true story it has great story elements. I found it to be just as entertaining as it is creepy.
4.5 of 5 stars
I think that this stays very true to the book. They found a way to not make it a TV show, and have a good story at the same time. I read the books when I was in second grade, and I was not that scared of them. But this movie had me on the edge of my seat.
3 of 5 stars
It's hard to find good PG13 scary movies but Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark fits the bill. It had a decent story and had legitimately scary parts.
3.5 of 5 stars
Better than I expected horror movie. Special effects were on point.
5 of 5 stars
Was a great crafty way of a new scary horror film. I feel like so many are remakes cause they have all been done before, but this one really catches your eye with the story line, witty creepiness' and new way of horror film. Worth watching!
5 of 5 stars
This movie was epic. It had just enough scare. Not to much to where I would've had to turn it off but just enough to keep me watching. Definitely some phenomenal directing. Plus I love the moral of the movie. Hope there is a second movie