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Arrow Video Frightfest 2019 Review – Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, 2019.

Directed by André Øvredal.

Starring Zoe Colletti, Michael Garza, Austin Zajur, Austin Abrams, Gabriel Rush, Natalie Ganzhorn, Dean Norris and Javier Botet.

Synopsis:

A group of teenagers are pursued by various supernatural beasties when they uncover an old book from a haunted house.

Alvin Schwartz’s legendary children’s horror book series receives a stately if not-quite-convincing treatment from Trollhunter director André Øvredal and producer Guillermo del Toro. No matter the clear care put into bringing these beloved stories to the big screen, the end result just doesn’t register enough of a pulse to truly tantalise.

In a controversial move, rather than take the anthology form of the written stories, del Toro has opted to compile them into a contiguous new narrative. This story takes place in 1968, with a heavy accompanying Vietnam War context, where four misfit teenagers visit their local haunted
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Movie Review – Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019)

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, 2019.

Directed by André Øvredal.

Starring Zoe Margaret Colletti, Michael Garza, Austin Abrams, Gabriel Rush, Austin Zajur, Javier Botet, Mark Steger, Gil Bellows, Lorraine Toussaint, Natalie Ganzhorn, Dean Norris, and Kathleen Pollard.

Synopsis:

A group of teens face their fears in order to save their lives.

Before actually reviewing Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark let’s clarify one slightly misleading thing (especially for those that happen to be familiar with Alvin Schwartz’s popular stories). This is not an anthology film, but it does contain a rather unique approach to constructing a movie that resembles a series of horror sketches involving different types of monsters, all in the form of a supernatural haunted book where sentences and stories magically materialize onto blank pages describing in detail the death or disappearance of a character (whichever is more convenient or family-friendly for the plot
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Movie Review – Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019)

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, 2019.

Directed by André Øvredal.

Starring Zoe Colletti, Michael Garza, Austin Zajur, Austin Abrams, Gabriel Rush, Natalie Ganzhorn, Dean Norris and Javier Botet.

Synopsis:

A group of teenagers are pursued by various supernatural beasties when they uncover an old book from a haunted house.

The importance of gateway horror for young audience cannot be overstated. Illicit viewing of terrifying and entirely age-inappropriate material was a childhood rite of passage for just about anyone with a penchant for scares in their adult days. Whether it’s a secretly borrowed DVD of a gory classic or the dog-eared pages of a Stephen King novel, the first taste of that forbidden fruit is always the most flavoursome. It’s for that reason that horror movies actually made for a younger audience are of vital importance, whether it’s the recent Jack Black double-whammy of Goosebumps and The House With a Clock In Its Walls
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‘Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark’ Review

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Stars: Zoe Margaret Colletti, Michael Garza, Gabriel Rush, Dean Norris, Gil Bellows, Lorraine Toussaint, Austin Zajur, Natalie Ganzhorn, Austin Abrams, Kathleen Pollard | Written by Guillermo del Toro, Dan Hageman, Kevin Hageman | Directed by André Øvredal

André Øvredal’s film is the adaption of writer Alvin Schwartz’ novel(s) of the same name. A series that is a cross between Goosebumps and Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark aimed primarily at Ya audiences, but does not shy away from the horror. The influences and intention of what the film wants to build are on the surface intriguing; however, the final product is an underwhelming exploit that flounders all its potential with a bumbling and underwhelming execution of tension and atmosphere.

The influence of Andy Muschietti’s 2017 blockbuster horror hit It has changed the face of horror in the mainstream forever. Such an influence has never been more evident in the Guillermo del Toro written,
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Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark featurette showcases the practical effects

A new featurette for Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark showcases behind the scenes footage and the dedicated work into bringing Stephen Gammell’s illustrations to life using practical effects. You can watch the featurette below, be warned the video does include spoilers, so be sure to watch the film before viewing this video…

See Also: Read our review of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark here

To faithfully bring Gammell‘s illustrations to life, the cast and crew behind Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark – directed by André Øvredal and produced by Guillermo del Toro – collaborated with practical and makeup effects company Spectral Motion.

In a recent interview with Collider, Øvredal spoke about the practical effects used in Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. The director stated, “it’s 90% practical. CGI is mostly for enhancement. It was a decision that was made very early. I was coming into it thinking,
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Scary Stories to tell in dark movie review: Critics Review, Rating, Cast and Crew

Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark movie review is here. Released today, the movie is based on the children's book series of the same name by Alvin Schwartz. Directed by Andr? ?vredal, The screenplay was adapted by Dan and Kevin Hageman, from a screen story by producer Guillermo del Toro, Patrick Melton, and Marcus Dunstan. The film stars Zoe Colletti, Michael Garza, Gabriel Rush, Austin Abrams, Dean Norris, Gil Bellows, and Lorraine Toussaint. Does it provide the scares?. Let?s find out in the movie review of Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark

Immediate reaction when the end credits roll

Man.. that was scary!!.

The Story of Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark

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.
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‘Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark’ Review: Macabre 101 for Kids

‘Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark’ Review: Macabre 101 for Kids
“We tell ourselves stories in order to live,” a wise woman once said. And sometimes, we tell others stories to scare the living shit out of them. Like that one about the kid who keeps beating on a scarecrow in a cornfield — until one night, the scarecrow decides to beat back. Or the urban legend about the girl who found a pimple, only it wasn’t exactly a pimple (think spiders and eggs). Or the yarn about the Jangling Man, who … well, maybe you shouldn’t ask about him. Some stories are best left untold.
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Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark Review

According to Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark‘s narration, some stories hurt. Some stories heal. In the case of André Øvredal’s bone-chilling anthology adaptation, some stories scare the ever-loving life out of audiences. Yes, Alvin Schwartz’s terrifying anecdotes angle towards children – but, like Stephen Gammell’s illustrations, Øvredal treats his intended audience as horror fans.

It’s *healthy* to feel scared, and this summer’s Guillermo del Toro-produced “introductory” horror tale is anything but 101-basic. No pandering to “age-appropriateness,” aka watered down kiddie content. As Schwartz’s stories come alive, nightmares suck the air from your lungs. Stick to Goosebumps if your family haunts easily – these scary stories aren’t for the faint of heart.

In the year 1968, amidst Mill Valley’s Halloween celebrations, a curse is unleashed. Stella Nicholls (Zoe Margaret Colletti) and her friends heed not local warnings about deceased legend Sarah Bellows,
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Friday Man says it's a valley of emotions this week

Your friend from the movies is back with the list of attractions this week. Fantasy, drama, comedy, social cause, a potboiler, fear and more, it?s all up the grabs for this week my dear!!, both in Bollywood and Hollywood.

Jabariya Jodi

Starring Sidharth Malhotra and Parineeti Chopra, the movie is based upon the tradition of groom kidnapping, prevalent in Bihar. Co-produced by Ekta Kapoor, Shobha Kapoor and Shailesh R Singh and is directed by Prashant Singh.

Major Highlights?: The handsome Sidharth Malhotra and the lovely Parineeti Chopra in bride nahi groom kidnapping.. samjhe kya babu!!

Pranaam

Starring Rajeev Khandelwal, Shaji Chaudhary, Atul Kulkarni, Abhimanyu Singh, Vikram Gokhale and Sameksha Singh - the South Indian actress as female lead. The movie is a bollywood masala pot boiler directed and written by Sanjiv Jaiswal, and produced by Rajnish Ram Puri, Nitin Mishra and Anil Singh.

Major Highlights?: The once
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Review: Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark is Spooky Gateway Horror for a New Generation

Stories have power. For nearly 40 years, the children’s book series by Alvin Schwartz and illustrator Stephen Gammell has captured the hearts and nightmares of children everywhere. The unnerving artwork and stories within weren’t afraid to get dark, and they didn’t dumb down the horror for its young readers. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark has distilled the books down to its core essence to spin a spooky tale for a new generation of budding horror fans, while still offering up enough nostalgia for the fans who grew up on the series.

Set in 1968, Stella (Zoe Colletti) is a social outcast. Being a horror-obsessed aspiring writer would be enough to deem her unfit for the popular crowd as it is, but her mother left her and her father, Roy (Dean Norris), stirring up the town rumor mill in the process. The only friends she has are Auggie
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‘Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark’ Review: A Clever but Confused Adaptation of the Ya Horror Series

‘Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark’ Review: A Clever but Confused Adaptation of the Ya Horror Series
The late American writer and folklorist Alvin Schwartz tapped into the minds of young readers and traumatized generations of eager children by telling otherwise PG-13 horror tales with a transgressive, R-rated glee that made kids feel like they had read something they weren’t supposed to. There’s hardly a millennial in the United States who wasn’t happily scarred by the three volumes of Schwartz’s “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” series, and couldn’t describe Stephen Gammell’s rotting illustrations to their therapist in all of their red and blue detail.

André Øverdal’s film adaptation, as clever and well-crafted as it is, can’t help but invert the formula that the source material relied upon for its success. Here is an R-rated concept that’s been watered down until it passed for a PG-13 movie; it’s plenty harrowing and full of gruesome effects, but it never feels dangerous.
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‘Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark’ Film Review: Teen Horror Anthology Spins Some Spooky Yarns

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‘Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark’ Film Review: Teen Horror Anthology Spins Some Spooky Yarns
In the opening moments of director André Øvredal’s “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark,” a child’s voice tells us that stories have the power to hurt or heal. They make us who we are. True to its word, “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” delivers an entrancing thriller that explores the power of narratives with a few screams to boot.

It’s welcoming enough for teens and perhaps just creepy enough for the average grown-up horror movie fan, since producer and co-writer Guillermo del Toro is one of the filmmakers bringing the monsters from Alvin Schwartz’s original novels to the big screen.

Like a late-’60s send-up of “Stranger Things” (itself a reference to other horror-movie inspirations from the ’80s), “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” follows a close group of friends, all outsiders, as their paths cross with a nefarious, supernatural presence. The
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Watch Guillermo del Toro’s Hollywood Walk of Fame Star Ceremony

A true renaissance man with an unparalleled passion for makeup effects, directing, writing, and world-building, Guillermo del Toro was honored with a well-earned star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and if you need some motivation in your day, the inspiring ceremony (including speeches by Lana Del Rey and J.J. Abrams) has now been released online for all to enjoy.

You can watch Guillermo del Toro's Hollywood Walk of Fame star ceremony below, and for more updates on del Toro's next project, check here to catch up on all of our coverage of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (which del Toro co-wrote and produced), including highlights from the movie's Comic-Con panel!

Directed by André Øvredal from a screenplay written by Daniel Hageman & Kevin Hageman and Guillermo del Toro, and based on the popular book trilogy written by Alvin Schwartz’s and illustrated by Stephen Gammell, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark
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These Sexy Austin Abrams Pics Will Leave You Feeling Pretty Damn Euphoric

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Austin Abrams is having a really big year, y'all. Though he was formally best known for playing Ron Anderson in seasons five and six of The Walking Dead (as well as being typecast as a cougar bait), he's now known as one of the many breakout stars in the cast of HBO's Euphoria. The 22-year-old also appears in this Summer's totally nightmare-inducing flick Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, and you can expect to see him costar alongside Riverdale's Lili Reinhart in the romance drama Chemical Hearts. Oh, and did we mention he's also pretty damn sexy? Just look at these sexy pics of the rising star to see for yourself.
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Yes, ‘Pokemon Detective Pikachu’ Star Justice Smith Loves ‘Pokemon Go’ (Exclusive Clip)

Yes, ‘Pokemon Detective Pikachu’ Star Justice Smith Loves ‘Pokemon Go’ (Exclusive Clip)
Probably the most notable scene in the movie “Paper Towns” saw the characters played Justice Smith, Nat Wolff and Austin Abrams sing the “Pokemon” theme song when they get scared, and it’s a moment that Smith claims credit for having in the movie. These days, Smith is better known for playing the lead role in “Pokemon Detective Pikachu,” a fitting new step for a guy who loves Pokemon that much.

But judging by some of the special features on the home video release of “Pokemon Detective Pikachu,” Smith’s love for Pokemon really extends to every part of the gargantuan franchise. Above we’ve got a clip from the featurette dubbed “My Pokemon Adventure,” in which Smith and other cast members describe the many, many ways they’ve engaged with the franchise over the years.

For Smith, that definitely includes the video games, including the mobile juggernaut “Pokemon Go,
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Lana Del Rey Covers 'Season of the Witch' in New Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark Trailer

CBS Films and Entertainment One (eOne) announced today that Guillermo del Toro's Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark will feature a re-recorded version of Donovan's 1966 hit song "Season of the Witch" by Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Lana Del Rey. The song's debut will coincide with the film's theatrical release by Lionsgate on August 9th.

Based on the series by Alvin Schwartz, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is directed by Andr&#233 &#216vredal from a screenplay by Dan Hageman and Kevin Hageman and a screen story by Guillermo del Toro, Patrick Melton, and Marcus Dunstan. The film stars Zoe Colletti, Michael Garza, Gabriel Rush, Austin Abrams, Dean Norris, Gil Bellows, Lorraine Toussaint, Austin Zajur, and Natalie Ganzhorn. Guillermo del Toro, Sean Daniel, Jason F. Brown, J. Miles Dale and Elizabeth Grave produced the project.

"I have admired Lana's music for a while now and felt in my gut that
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New Lana Del Rey Song in Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

Tony Sokol Aug 5, 2019

Lana del Rey covers Donovan's "Season of the Witch" to herald Guillermo del Toro's Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.

Some lullabyes aren't meant to help you fall asleep. Lana Del Rey is casting a spell for Guillermo del Toro’s upcoming Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. The Grammy-nominated "Born to Die" singer covered Donovan’s 1966 hit “Season of the Witch” for the horror anthology film. The song will debut on August 9 to coincide with the movie, but a portion of the song is featured in the new trailer.

Del Rey came out of the broom closet a long time ago. In February 2017 she invited her 6.22 million Twitter followers to take part in a mass binding ritual against Donald Trump. A few years before that a 19-year-old fan who felt a deep “spiritual connection” with del Rey broke into her home to steal
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Watch Harold the Scarecrow Come to Life in Exclusive Featurette from Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark

Of the many iconic characters brought to life by artist Stephen Gammell in Alvin Schwartz's Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, Harold the scarecrow is truly one of the most haunting. It's an extra thrill (and chill), then, that ahead of the August 9th theatrical release of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, we've been provided with an exclusive featurette that goes behind the scenes of the cinematic version of Harold, which certainly does Gammell's drawing justice.

You can watch Harold come to life one Halloween night in our exclusive featurette below, and check here to catch up on all of our Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark coverage, including highlights from the movie's Comic-Con panel!

Directed by André Øvredal from a screenplay written by Daniel Hageman & Kevin Hageman and Guillermo del Toro, and based on the popular book trilogy written by Alvin Schwartz’s and illustrated by Stephen Gammell,
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‘Euphoria’: How the Casting Directors Discovered So Many Blazing Breakout Talents

One after the other, HBO’s incendiary new series “Euphoria” unveils acting discoveries. Exciting ones. Plus-size model and Instagram phenomenon Barbie Ferreira sizzles as zaftig Kat, who prefers controlling her virtual online sex partners to the vulnerability of building an intimate rapport with a real boy (Austin Abrams). “I don’t do virgins,” she tells him, not long after painfully losing her own maidenhead at a blowout party.

She is among several breakouts in this series created by showrunner Sam Levinson (the ex-addict scion of Hollywood royalty Barry), who wowed Sundance 2018 with hacking thriller “Assassination Nation,” which Neon picked up for $10 million (it grossed $2.5 million domestic). For “Euphoria,” Levinson hired again his “Assassination Nation” casting team of veteran Mary Vernieu and Jessica Kelly (Chrystie Street Casting).

Of course, their job is to give the showrunner options to choose from before HBO finally approves. But it’s unusual for casting directors
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‘Euphoria’: How the Casting Directors Discovered So Many Blazing Breakout Talents

One after the other, HBO’s incendiary new series “Euphoria” unveils acting discoveries. Exciting ones. Plus-size model and Instagram phenomenon Barbie Ferreira sizzles as zaftig Kat, who prefers controlling her virtual online sex partners to the vulnerability of building an intimate rapport with a real boy (Austin Abrams). “I don’t do virgins,” she tells him, not long after painfully losing her own maidenhead at a blowout party.

She is among several breakouts in this series created by showrunner Sam Levinson (the ex-addict scion of Hollywood royalty Barry), who wowed Sundance 2018 with hacking thriller “Assassination Nation,” which Neon picked up for $10 million (it grossed $2.5 million domestic). For “Euphoria,” Levinson hired again his “Assassination Nation” casting team of veteran Mary Vernieu and Jessica Kelly (Chrystie Street Casting).

Of course, their job is to give the showrunner options to choose from before HBO finally approves. But it’s unusual for casting directors
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