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Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019)

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On Halloween 1968, reclusive Stella and her two friends meet a mysterious drifter, Ramón, and uncover a sinister notebook of stories.

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André Øvredal

Writers:

Dan Hageman (screenplay by), Kevin Hageman (screenplay by) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Zoe Margaret Colletti ... Stella Nicholls (as Zoe Colletti)
Michael Garza ... Ramon Morales
Gabriel Rush ... Auggie Hilderbrandt
Austin Abrams ... Tommy Milner
Dean Norris ... Roy Nicholls
Gil Bellows ... Chief Turner
Austin Zajur ... Chuck Steinberg
Natalie Ganzhorn ... Ruth Steinberg
Lorraine Toussaint ... Lou Lou
Kathleen Pollard ... Sarah Bellows
Deborah Pollitt Deborah Pollitt ... Mrs. Steinberg
Victoria Fodor Victoria Fodor ... Mrs. Milner
Marie Ward ... Mrs. Hilderbrandt
Mark Steger ... Harold the Scarecrow / Pale Lady
Javier Botet ... Big Toe Corpse
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Storyline

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. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Based on the iconic book series.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for terror/violence, disturbing images, thematic elements, language including racial epithets, and brief sexual references. | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 August 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,915,346, 11 August 2019

Gross USA:

$68,947,075

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$104,545,505
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film is based on the "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark" book series published in the 1980s, written by Alvin Schwartz and illustrated by Stephen Gammell. See more »

Goofs

The audio/footage of "Night of the Living Dead" playing at the drive-in don't match up with each other, and the film's scenes are shown out of order. See more »

Quotes

Stella Nicholls: They locked her away because she was different.
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Featured in WatchMojo: Top 10 Best Horror Movies of 2019 (2019) See more »

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Season of the Witch
Written by Donovan (as Donovan Leitch)
Performed by Lana Del Rey
Courtesy of Polydor UK Ltd
Under license from Universal Music Operations Limited
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An efficient scary movie populated by chimerical creatures
30 August 2019 | by FrenchEddieFelsonSee all my reviews

Film directed by André Øvredal and co-written with Guillermo del Toro, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) benefits from an efficient Halloween atmosphere, an excellent photography, the nostalgic 60's dress code, impressive old cars and rather talented young actors. On certain aspects, in particular the ineluctably-fatalistic side, the film makes me think of A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) directed by Wes Craven in which a psychopath sadistically haunts teens during their sleep.

After the showing of a cult film (Night of the Living Dead (1968)) in a drive-in theater, a group of teens arrives, we do not really know how, in a time-worn mansion on the edge of town, abandoned for ages after an unexplained murder. By chance, they find a book. A cursed book! The small town will then suffer a wave of atrocious deaths. Stella and Ramón will have to face their own worst demons in order to stop the carnage and save the inhabitants.

As a synthesis: an efficient teen movie for getting started with cinematographic thrills. 6/7 of 10


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