Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) (BLU-RAY/DVD REVIEW)
DIRECTED BY: André Øvredal
STARRING: Zoe Margaret Colletti, Troy James, Michael Garza
RATED: PG-13/REGION A/2:39/1080P/NUMBER OF DISCS 2
AVAILABLE FROM Lionsgate Films
It’s 1968 in America. Change is blowing in the wind…but seemingly far removed from the unrest in the cities is the small town of Mill Valley where for generations, the shadow of the Bellows family has loomed large. It is in their mansion on the edge of town that Sarah, a young girl with horrible secrets, turned her tortured life into a series of scary stories, written in a book that has transcended time—stories that have a way of becoming all too real for a group of teenagers who discover Sarah’s terrifying tome.
I wasn’t sure how anyone would convert Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark into a movie. And that comes from a guy who is a big fan of the book. I almost expected something similar to The Willies with kids gathered around telling the little strange tales from the book. What you get in the live-action Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark is a real plot and it is a movie that uses those stories in the books for some really cool moments. The bad thing about this one is there is a whole lot of filler going on in between those cool parts and the story that holds everything together is a little thin. I mean, yes, the movie packs some legit tense moments and it has a creepy vibe at certain times, but there are just other times where stuff feels a little too padded. The acting is good, the monsters and such are creepy, but this one only feels like half of a good movie.
The movie revolves around a group of kids who fight back against the town’s bully. After they end up in a spooky house they find the creepy book with all the weird stories. They are then haunted by said stories as they try to find a way to stop it before all of them disappear. In the mix of all of that we have such things as giant women who suck people inside of them, big toes with ticked off ghouls looking for it, and even time for a pretty hardcore but still PG-13 neck snap. The movie isn’t a flop but it feels a little off from time to time and seems a little rough in spaces for something as childish as Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark being the source.
– “The Bellows Construct” Featurette
– “Creature from the Shadows” Featurette
– “Mood Reels” Featurette
– “Behind-the-Scenes Trailers: Set Visits” Featurette
– “Dark Tales” Featurette
– “Retro Horror” Featurette
QUALITY OF TRANSFER: 96%