Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, 6/10, turns your nightmares into reality in the latest horror release. Adapted from the popular 80s book series, Scary Stories attempts to revitalise the classic monster tales by utilising hair raising costume designs that are sure to stick with you and have you checking over your shoulder.

When a group of teens break in to a haunted house and discover Sarah Bellows’ book of scary stories their lives are turned upside down. Soon after taking the book away from it’s hidden resting place they realise that Bellows isn’t finished writing her twisted tales.

In all honesty, this film isn’t half bad. Attempting to recapture that campfire monster story vibe and market towards a younger audience is a fun idea. It’s ultimate downfall is the certification that it has been given. Scary Stories isn’t scary enough to frighten anyone over the age of 15 but would of been great at a 12 rating to guide that slightly younger crowd towards the horror genre without being too much. There isn’t any gore or that much in the way of bad language so the 15 rating feels very superfluous as a result and also cuts off a large chunk of the potential audience. Scary Stories build it’s horror through pure atmospheric suspense and jump scares which inevitably become tiresome. Audience problems aside, Scary Stories establish the late 60’s era very well and has a surprisingly impressive overall visual aesthetic. However in a year full of other and more mature horror options, the certification issues will blunder any chance of being more than a one time watch.

Picture: 6/10

Sound: 6/10

Narrative: 6/10

Acting: 6/10

Originality: 5/10

Entertainment (of its genre): 7/10

Overall rating….. 6/10

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