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Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark
在黑暗中说的鬼故事

Format(s) Available
DIGITAL
Opening Date
15 Aug 2019
Rating
NC16 Horror
惊悚画面
Runtime
108 mins
Language
English - subtitles to be advised
Genre
Horror
Director
André Øvredal
Cast
Zoe Colletti, Michael Garza, Gabriel Rush, Austin Abrams, Dean Norris, Gil Bellows, Lorraine Toussaint, Austin Zajur, Nataie Ganzhorn
Synopsis
It’s 1968 in America. Change is blowing in the wind...but seemingly far removed from the unrest in the cities is the small town of Mill Valley where for generations, the shadow of the Bellows family has loomed large. It is in their mansion on the edge of town that Sarah, a young girl with horrible secrets, turned her tortured life into a series of scary stories, written in a book that has transcended time—stories that have a way of becoming all too real for a group of teenagers who discover Sarah’s terrifying home.
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By Say Peng  15 Aug 2019
Scary Stories will disappoint horror fans. But for those don’t normally watch horror films and want to give it a try, this mild horror title is a good place to start.
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Adapted from Alvin Schwartz’s popular children's book series of the same name, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, which is produced by Guillermo del Toro, is a mild and safe horror film that’s safe for parents to bring their kids to watch. 

The original children’s book contains a series of horror short stories. Del Toro and his team of writers wisely decided not to make an anthology film as anthologies have seldom done well, but to integrate the separate stories into one cohesive film. 

Our main character Stella Nicholls (Zoe Colletti) is a big fan of horror stories and herself an aspiring horror writer. Together with her friends Auggie, Tommy, and newfound friend and love interest Ramón, they sneak into the local haunted house of the Bellows, where Stella finds a book of scary stories belonging to the late Sarah Bellows. She takes the book and soon she discovers that the book is writing stories by itself, violent horrific stories that come true and her friends are characters in the stories. 

One by one, Stella’s friends and one adversary start to disappear, each one hunted one by a monster - from a walking scarecrow to a living corpse to a grossly fat lady phantom. Behind it is the angry Sarah Bellows, whose vengeful spirit lives on. 

With its target audience set at children and young adults, Scary Stories, despite its potential, isn’t all that scary. Director André Øvredal (The Autopsy of Jane Doe) always refrains from pushing his material. Scary Stories will disappoint horror fans. But for those don’t normally watch horror films and want to give it a try, this mild horror title is a good place to start.
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