Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

FrightFest is 20 years old in 2019 and this is the place to discuss our three main events of the year.
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Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

Post by jonbly » Fri Aug 23, 2019 1:06 pm

7/10 - Well made but a bit meandering... the stories weren't linked well to their victims after Harold.

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Re: Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

Post by MrsE » Sat Aug 24, 2019 8:22 am

I agree, the victims aside from Harold, didnt seem to have done enough 'wrong' to deserve the punishment. The effects were good and I'd give a sequel a try.

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Re: Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

Post by Alex J » Sat Aug 24, 2019 7:35 pm

I loved the impending sense of doom in this, particularly effective given the backdrop of the Vietnam War. I enjoyed the story, but some of the CGI isn't always that successful. The young leads do well, while the ending is very poignant. I loved the version of the "Season of the Witch" over the closing credits too. 7 / 10
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Re: Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

Post by mamawaldi » Sat Aug 24, 2019 11:03 pm

Enjoyable in places although some of the stories were paper thin and didn't have much relevance to the victims as far as I could tell. Decent jump scares and good delivery of the "hiding under the bed" horror standby.

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Re: Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

Post by TheDukeAbides » Wed Aug 28, 2019 10:09 pm

Reminded me of del Toro's Don't Be Afraid of the Dark remake which I also thought has its moments.

I am getting slightly annoyed by 80s stuff and kid led films these days but it was a well acted piece and I thought the bed scene with no music was a particularly strong scare scene within the festival as a whole.

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Re: Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

Post by The Aylmer » Thu Aug 29, 2019 6:34 pm

I enjoyed this although didn't feel the spooky tales were really strong enough to warrant the 15 rating awarded by the BBFC. I suggested as much to my group afterwards and said I thought a 12A rating would be more in line with the target audience but was met with a "no Eddie, 15 is about right" so what do I know? But this did have more of a Goosebumps feel about it to me. The opening scarecrow tale worked well with the lead in to this making me think we might be in for another Trick 'r Treat. And there is a Stranger Things quality to much of it. But at the best part of two hours long the pace does slacken off at times. Maybe I shouldn't knock it too much though as a couple of days into Frightfest I woke to find a spot on my cheek (which at my age is a rarity) and for a brief period found myself worrying about baby spiders hatching from it. As with all the opening Thursday films 7/10 then.

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Re: Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

Post by ChrisReynolds » Thu Aug 29, 2019 6:52 pm

This film is saddled with too much plot: there are six adapted stories plus a wraparound story, but the adapted stories are integrated into the wraparound so that all the setup and action takes place while the rest of the film is going on. It leads to an unbalanced effect where what seem like overcomplicated and unecessary digressions keep distracting from the plot, but these digressions are actually what the film is setting out to showcase. The pratical and CGI realisation of the disturbing illustrations of the original book are the best part and mostly look superb.

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