Scary Stories To Tell in the Dark {A Movie Review}

**I received a complimentary copy of this movie for consideration. All thoughts are 100% my own.




 
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. For a group of teenagers who discover Sarah’s terrifying home, the stories become all too real in this spine-tingling film.

Take home Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark and immerse yourself in the terrifying world with exclusive special features, including six featurettes on the 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and Digital releases and two featurettes on the DVD looking at the development of the creepiest creatures in the film, as well as the process of taking these classic tales from page to screen!  Experience four times the resolution of full HD with the 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, which includes Dolby Vision, bringing entertainment to life through ultra-vivid picture quality. When compared to a standard picture, Dolby Vision can deliver spectacular colors never before seen on a screen, highlights that are up to 40 times brighter, and blacks that are 10 times darker.

 The Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, and DVD are available for the suggested retail price of $42.99, $39.99, and $29.95, respectively.

4K UHD / BLU-RAY / DIGITAL SPECIAL FEATURES
·          “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

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES
·         “Dark Tales” Featurette
·         “Retro Horror” Featurette



Halloween is nearly here, what are your Halloween traditions? For many, one Halloween tradition is that of watching scary or spooky movies. This year, there is a new movie to add to your Halloween watching: Scary Stories to Tell In the Dark!

All of the 80s and 90s kids likely know this name very well. I remember reading the book of the same title when I was a kid, so while this isn't the typical type of movie that I watch or review, I was actually really excited to check this one out.

First and foremost, let's talk about the content. As I mentioned, I remember reading the books as a kid--- probably around 10 years old or so. I was definitely curious how that would translate into a horror movie, as seeing can make things much scarier than just reading the words. Would this movie be appropriate for my 12-year-old to watch? Perhaps you've stumbled onto this post wondering the same thing. Honestly, it could go either way. It has a PG-13 rating for terror/violence, disturbing images, thematic elements, language including racial epithets, and brief sexual references. While watching, I found that there was some language- more than probably necessary but certainly less than I would generally expect from PG-13 and of course some violence or perceived violence throughout. There was no major gore, but the images were pretty creepy and certainly added to the scare factor. While I would certainly say this is the better option of any scary movie I could recall for older kids, it's still one that I would watch beforehand and judge accordingly. Those previous issues mentioned aside, some older kids/young teens will possibly be just fine watching it, whereas others will not. Personally, it's not one that my own son would enjoy. I certainly wouldn't recommend it for younger kids at all, but for older kids just use your discretion. I feel like more than anything, this movie will appeal to the adults like myself who enjoyed the books when we were kids--- giving us that same type of scare that we enjoyed back then!

I'm not usually a horror movie person--- part of that being that I don't care for the excess language and sexual content that so many seem to have- so for me, I actually appreciated that PG-13 rating for keeping it fairly tame in that regards. Still, that doesn't mean it wasn't scary! I certainly jumped on several occasions. It was just the right amount of scare.

If you enjoyed the books as a child and are looking for a little nostalgia, this is one movie that you should check out the Halloween season. 


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