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Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

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81% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score81%
  • 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.
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    Richard BrodyNew Yorker
    Øvredal's sense of horror is neither notably stark nor significantly ornamental; it's nearly textureless, as if it had been squeezed from a tube.
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    Katie WalshNerdist
    Impressively gruesome and thematically rich, drawing on political allegory that goes far beyond the simple spooks and scares of the stories themselves.
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    Andrea GronvallChicago Reader
    If there ever was a case of a film adaptation improving on the original source material, this is it.
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    Brian LowryCNN.com
    Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is a sort of welcome throwback, a horror movie cleverly designed to be more spooky than truly grisly.
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    Oliver JonesObserver
    An effective answer to the question of what to do with the kids who have aged out of trick-or-treating but still want to do something fun.
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    Adam GrahamDetroit News
    Alvin Schwartz' popular series of children's horror books comes to life in "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark," a fun, lively adaptation that pays due homage to the original and manages to keenly balance laughs and scares.
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    Arturo MagañaCine Premiere
    André Øvredal doesn't only create an effective horror story, but also turns us into the victims of the monsters it stars. [Full Review in Spanish]
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    Paul WhitingtonIrish Independent
    Though it gets a bit ragged late on, Scary Stories is pretty satisfying for the most part: meanwhile, in the background, the real horror story is unfolding - Richard Nixon is being re-elected.
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    David AldridgeRadio Times
    [I]t's all slickly done, and a decent enough frightfest for fans of traditional scares.
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    Tim RobeyDaily Telegraph (UK)
    Scary Stories hits with the scares as much as it misses with the storytelling, levelling out to a glass half full.
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