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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 ... Ramón 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

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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 »

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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:

$95,677,760
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The song that plays on the music box (and at several other points in the film) is actually "You May Be The Next", as stated by Lou Lou (Laurraine Toussaint). Both rhymes/songs start off with the same few lines though and is easily confused with "The Hearse Song". 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

Ramón Morales: If you're serious about being a writer, it's not going to happen here. You have to go to the city.
Stella Nicholls: I can't leave my dad.
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Version of Hatred (2015) See more »

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User Reviews

 
Where is my toe?!!!
9 August 2019 | by Piixie88See all my reviews

**If you haven't read the books, you're better off not seeing it or you most likely won't like it**

This movie is based off children's books that were published in 1981, 1984 and 1991. Most of the audience this movie will garner will be from people who read these books when they were kids. Hardcore horror fans will PROBABLY not like it. You will not be scared except MAYBE with the jump scares.

I'm sure kids will love it, just be mindful of the age your kids are and how they handle horror. This isn't like goosebumps. People who scare easily will like it too.

They did a wonderful job getting the "scary" characters to look exactly how they were illustrated. In the books none of the stories are connected. Here, a main story was created to connect them. It's actually not that bad. It's scarier and less cheesy than what passes as children's horror but it's not like what adults expect. An in-between horror film with some good, CREEPY and FUNNY moments. Nevertheless, I enjoyed it but sheer childhood nostalgia drove me to go see it.


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