Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

critic Reviews

79% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score79%
  • Like the bestselling series of books that inspired it, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark opens a creepy gateway into horror for younger genre enthusiasts.
  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    John McDonaldAustralian Financial Review
    If you're thinking this seems to be a list of horror clichés and stereotypes, that's not an uncharitable suspicion. The filmmakers' skill rests in the way these stereotypes are reanimated in a narrative that contains a surprising number of layers.
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    Jim Schembri3AW
    You'd have to be part of that treasured horror movie demographic who jumps with fright whenever somebody spills a box of popcorn to get much spook value out of this slice of sub-Stephen King schlock.
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    Ezequiel BoettiOtroscines.com
    A gothic horror story made with trade and knowledge, with the ability to scare through the noblest tools of cinema. [Full Review in Spanish]
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    Damien StrakerImpulse Gamer
    The content feels too meek and derivative of other shows and movies and doesn't justify the criticism of the books.
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    Stephen RomeiThe Australian
    This is a solid horror movie, thanks to its source material, its freakish monsters, its definite jump scares and good performances by Colletti and Garza.
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    Vicky RoachDaily Telegraph (Australia)
    Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark gets under your skin like a good campfire story should.
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    Dominic CorryNew Zealand Herald
    The 1968 setting lends some mild political heft to the proceedings - one of the main characters is a draft-dodger - but the film works best when it's simply trying to freak you out.
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    David 'Mad Dog' BradleyAdelaide Review
    Is it, you know, scary, as the title foolishly promises? Well... no. Unless you're a tween who's never seen a horror movie before and, come on, who ever heard of such a thing?
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    Graeme TuckettStuff.co.nz
    Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is an efficient, attractive and well put together film. It didn't scare me at all, but in this most predictable and prescriptive of genres, that's hardly unusual.
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    Leigh PaatschHerald Sun (Australia)
    Being a del Toro production, the grisly effects and monster designs are well above average, and provoke a lasting chill at odds with the lightweight tone of the picture.
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