The shadow of the Bellows family has loomed large in the small town of Mill Valley for generations. It’s in a mansion that young Sarah Bellows turns her tortured life and horrible secrets into a series of scary stories. These terrifying tales soon have a way of becoming all too real for a group of unsuspecting teens who stumble upon Sarah’s spooky home.
Directed By: André Øvredal
Written By: Dan Hageman, Kevin Hageman, Guillermo del Toro, Marcus Dunstan, Patrick Melton, & Alvin Schwartz
Starring: Zoe Margaret Colletti (Stella Nicholls), Michael Garza (Ramon Morales), Gabriel Rush (Auggie Hilderbrandt), Austin Abrams (Tommy Milner), Dean Norris (Roy Nicholls), Gil Bellows (Chief Turner), Austin Zajur (Chuck Steinberg), and much more.
Genre: Horror, Mystery, & Thriller
Runtime: Approx. 108 Minutes
English: Dolby TrueHD 5.1
Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Aspect ratio: 2.39:1
Original aspect ratio: English SDH & Spanish
“The Bellos Construct” Featurette
“Creatures from the Shadows” Featurette
Behind-the-Scenes Trailers: Set Visits
I give the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark Blu-ray a B+.
I remember reading the book when I was younger and looking at all the pictures. It never terrified me but I was intrigued with the “monsters” or main characters as you would say that were the haunts of the stories. Unfortunately, I don’t remember the book to know if this movie follows it. The only thing that I do remember is “Bloody Fingers!” I think it stuck with me all these years maybe because it was my favorite story or it was just something out of the ordinary that caught my attention as a child.
I like the fact that this movie takes place in 1968. It added to the credibility of the stories. It set the background of a simpler time in a small town with that one house that is known to be haunted. If the story took place in Los Angeles I don’t’ think it would have been as credible.
This movie is not scary but there are two stories that had me pulling the covers over my eyes. I had no idea what to expect. Believe me, I’m always watching horror films and usually, things don’t catch me off guard but with the first two, it did.
The practical effects were awesome. I prefer practical over CGI any day. It just brings the character to life literally. In sense, it makes it real which makes the story scarier then if they were to use just a computer.
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