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Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

Stella Michaels (Colletti) is a young girl still haunted by her mother’s disappearance on Halloween night — an incident that she suspects her father knows more about than he lets on. Years later, Stella and her friends are involved in a Halloween prank gone wrong. But are they really at fault, or was it the work of a vengeful spirit — a female ghost who uses her scary stories to come after the teens when they begin to investigate the ... [+]
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United StatesUnited States M
Owen Gleiberman
"[The original tales] had an insidious, pre-media homespun awe. In the film version of 'Scary Stories,' they’re just momentary Grand Guignol tidbits (...) served up like the greatest hits they are."  NEU
United StatesUnited States F
Monica Castillo
The Wrap
"It’s welcoming enough for teens and perhaps just creepy enough for the average grown-up horror movie fan (...) Most of the movie is a pure delight"  POS
United StatesUnited States M
David Ehrlich
"As clever and well-crafted as it is, can’t help but invert the formula that the source material relied upon for its success (...) It’s plenty harrowing and full of gruesome effects, but it never feels dangerous"  NEU
United StatesUnited States M
Rob Hunter
Film School Rejects
"The result is a horror film that blends genre familiarity with uniquely frightening creations. It’s also one with visuals and ideas designed to appeal to horror fans from pre-teens on up"  POS
United StatesUnited States M
William Bibbiani
Bloody Disgusting
"There’s no shortage of excellent scary moments in this movie, but you’ll have to trudge through some tedium to get there (…) Rating: ★★½ (out of 5)"  NEU
United StatesUnited States F
Rosie Knight
"As a kids movie that also dedicates itself to being truly scary it both satisfies and succeeds"  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Jonathan Barkan
Dread Central
"[It] hits nearly all the right notes. While it may be too scary for young children on their own, a family Halloween movie night with this would certainly be a hit (…) Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)"  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Keith Uhlich
The Hollywood Reporter
"Terrifyingly mediocre (...) So how about the monsters? They're alright"  NEU
United StatesUnited States M
Luke Y. Thompson
"The good news is that the 'Scary Stories' movie sticks the landing (...) The monsters are fun"  POS
United StatesUnited States F
Audra Schroeder
The Daily Dot
"The film adaptation of the classic horror series gets in some good scares but struggles elsewhere. (…) Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)"  NEU
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