“Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” Review

Pamela Billings

“You don’t read the book; the book reads you.” a quote from Stella in the movie “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark”, a line that wasn’t as cool as the movie tries to make you believe. Beware, for there are indeed spoilers ahead.
“Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” came out in theatres on August 9, 2019, bringing in 20.9 million dollars on opening weekend.
The movie is set in 1968, during the Vietnam War. The main cast is a group of four teens, quickly whittled down to two by the main antagonistic forces: Sara Bellows and her book of scary stories. The book writes stories where the characters die at the end.
The plot that ties the short stories together is not the main reason to watch the film. Senior Joselyn Barrera, believes there are many other reasons to watch and enjoy it, excluding the plot. “I really loved how they made the books into a movie. It was something people really wouldn’t have expected . . . and the movie is actually scary. It maximizes the fear and anxiety in you.”
Contortionist Troy James played the Jangly Man in the film. His ability to twist his body allowed him to truly bring to life the horror of his character. When talking about the movie, he relives his nostalgia over the books. “In my case, they were always checked out at the library; they were dog eared, the pages and spine were loose, because we loved these stories so much,” James said in an interview.
The stories included in the movie, out of the near sixty from the trilogy, were “Harold,” “The Dream”, “The Big Toe,” “The Red Spot,” “The Jangly Man” and an edited version of “The Haunted House” for Sara Bellows. Certain details were changed to fit more into the plot of the movie, and “Harold” was toned down to make the movie a more child-friendly horror. If you haven’t seen it, you can still buy tickets for select theatres.