Arrow Video Frightfest 2019 Review – Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, 2019.

Directed by André Øvredal.

Starring Zoe Colletti, Michael Garza, Austin Zajur, Austin Abrams, Gabriel Rush, Natalie Ganzhorn, Dean Norris and Javier Botet.


A group of teenagers are pursued by various supernatural beasties when they uncover an old book from a haunted house.

Alvin Schwartz’s legendary children’s horror book series receives a stately if not-quite-convincing treatment from Trollhunter director André Øvredal and producer Guillermo del Toro. No matter the clear care put into bringing these beloved stories to the big screen, the end result just doesn’t register enough of a pulse to truly tantalise.

In a controversial move, rather than take the anthology form of the written stories, del Toro has opted to compile them into a contiguous new narrative. This story takes place in 1968, with a heavy accompanying Vietnam War context, where four misfit teenagers visit their local haunted
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