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Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019)

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On Halloween 1968, reclusive Stella and her two friends meet a mysterious drifter, Ramón, and uncover a sinister notebook of stories.

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André Øvredal

Writers:

Dan Hageman (screenplay by), Kevin Hageman (screenplay by) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Zoe Margaret Colletti ... Stella Nicholls
Michael Garza ... Ramón Morales
Gabriel Rush ... Auggie Hilderbrandt
Austin Abrams ... Tommy Milner
Dean Norris ... Roy Nicholls
Gil Bellows ... Chief Turner
Austin Zajur ... Chuck Steinberg
Natalie Ganzhorn Natalie Ganzhorn ... Ruth Steinberg
Lorraine Toussaint ... Lou Lou
Kathleen Pollard ... Sarah Bellows
Deborah Pollitt Deborah Pollitt ... Mrs. Steinberg
Victoria Fodor Victoria Fodor ... Mrs. Milner
Marie Ward ... Mrs. Hilderbrandt
Mark Steger ... Harold the Scarecrow / Pale Lady
Javier Botet ... Big Toe Corpse
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Storyline

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 tome. Written by Anonymous

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Based on the iconic book series.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for terror/violence, disturbing images, thematic elements, language including racial epithets, and brief sexual references. | See all certifications »

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Language:

English

Release Date:

9 August 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,915,346, 11 August 2019

Gross USA:

$68,140,950

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$94,871,635
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Ruth is the only character whose name corresponds with the character of the original story. Tommy is closer for Harold, but the original farmers name was Thomas. See more »

Goofs

The audio/footage of "Night of the Living Dead" playing at the drive-in don't match up with each other, and the film's scenes are shown out of order. See more »

Quotes

Ramón Morales: Last week they shipped my brother home from Vietnam in pieces.
Stella Nicholls: I'm so sorry.
Ramón Morales: Last week when I got my draft notice... I couldn't... they'd send me there to die. If the book can read me, I'm afraid what it'll say.
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Connections

References The Terror (1963) See more »

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Nice visuals, but weak overall
5 September 2019 | by gbill-74877See all my reviews

Highlights:

  • The visualization of the various horror figures, e.g. Harold and the Pale Lady.
  • Several creepy and/or shocking moments keep things interesting, e.g. the pimple scene.
  • Zoe Colletti as Stella was fun to watch.


Lowlights:
  • The 'outer story' constructed to wrap the stories together is lazy and uninspired. It would have been better just to leave them separate and flesh them out a little, drawing out the tension in each.
  • I liked the attempt to bring in the 1968/Nixon/Vietnam stuff, but it just came across as awkward.
  • The characters are all pretty stock, giving the film a packaged feeling.
  • The scene with Stella and Sarah towards the end is in particular forced and weak ("that's on you" ...ugh, an eight year old could have written this)
  • Overall comes across as pretty standard stuff. It's not horrible, but it could have been much better.


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