Like most people around my age, I grew up with Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz. I recently went to see the movie with my brother and sister-in-law (both of whom also read these growing up) and have some thoughts on the movie.
First of all, it was meant to be scary (obvi), came off as scary for wusses like me, but didn’t seem to frighten my horror-seasoned siblings at all. I personally do better with creature features than ghost stories and this movie combines both of those aspects in a way that created the perfect blend of spooky suspense and entertainment for me.
As for the scary stories themselves, I loved these arcs! They stayed very true to the book and strung them together in a very cinematic way that was entertaining and kept me on the edge of my seat. I personally found the scarecrow story to be the least scary part of the movie and the pale lady to be one of the scarier. I mean, look at her. *shudders* No, thank you.
The acting was OK; nobody really stood out as really awful or really incredible. I do like Chuck’s character quite a lot and think the actor did a great job in that role. The special effects were fantastic. The monsters felt real and frightening not just because of their looks but because of the way they moved, stared, spoke, etc. Guillermo del Toro’s style shined throughout the movie and added a great dimension to what the book originally had.
Honestly, I thoroughly enjoyed this movie! It brought back the nostalgia of reading this in elementary school, made me laugh (at times I probably wasn’t meant to, oops), made me cover my eyes (with finger gaps of course), and kept me drawn into the plot. I’m not a movie reviewer, but this brought the fun of the book to life many years after reading it and for that it gets a recommendation from me.