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Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark – now available on Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra

 

I love a great horror movie. I also enjoy a great horror book from time to time (whenever I have the opportunity to read). I even enjoy watching YouTube videos of alleged paranormal events.

Scary stories don’t bother me too much. The only scary stories/movies that made me a bit uneasy sleeping at night, in the dark, were the films Prophecy (1979) and the original Friday the 13th (1980), which made me a bit nervous at every little sound I heard when camping. I also don’t like to open curtains at night, compliments of the original Amityville Horror (1979 – red pig eyes!) and Salem’s Lot (1979 – the little boy vampire hanging outside the window).

I hate to admit it, but when I was a young girl my family went to Las Vegas and left me home because back then, Vegas wasn’t a “family friendly” place. I had to had been around 12 years old. My grandparents lived next door, so they were there to watch me. Late one night I was watching an old black and white horror movie, The Deadly Mantis (1957 – long  before I was born). It was a rainy night, so there were a lot of sounds around the home (wind, rain drops…). I don’t know why, but that movie bothered me so much that I ran barefoot, in the middle of the rain, to my grandparents house and slept there that night.

I still do enjoy scary stories, especially when hanging out with my cousins or friends.

When my kids were younger, they used to bring home books from the library called Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. They were released long before my kids were born. My daughter tells me that she liked the covers because they were creepy.

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark were written by Alvin Schwartz and originally illustrated by Stephen Gammell. The books featured several short stories in the horror genre.

If these books were available when I was younger, I would have read them myself. I do vaguely remember the first book when I was in high school, but I never read it.

The books have been turned into a movie by the same name, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. It’s now available on Blu-ray, DVD, 4K Ultra and Digital.

Stella and her friends are out enjoying Halloween. After a prank on the town bully goes wrong, Stella and her friends hide in the car of a drifter named Ramon.

After the coast is clear, Stella and her friends decide to check out a local haunted house. They invited Ramon to come with them.

Local Bully, Tommy, seeks revenge against Stella and her friends, so when they discover they are inside the haunted house, they lock them inside. They were eventually able to flee, but not without Stella taking a little “souvenir” from the house – a book that belonged to a young girl that used to live in the house, Sarah.

Back at home, Stella decides to read the book. Inside she finds a story called Harold. Harold coincidentally happens to be the name of a scarecrow in a near by farm – one that Tommy beats on every time him and his friends cut through the cornfield.

Unbeknownst to Stella at that time, Tommy is cutting through the corn field. That is when Tommy’s worse nightmare happens – Harold has come alive and now he’s after Tommy to seek revenge for all those times Tommy beat on his lifeless body.

Harold (Movie) and Harold (Book).

A few days later, Stella and Ramon are reading from the book again and notice a new story has been written in the book, even though Stella has possession of it. The new story is called The Big Toe, and it stars their friend Auggie. Suddenly Stella realizes that the book is writing it’s self, and every time a story is written with someone she knows as the main character, something horrific happens to them in real life.

Now it’s become a race against time to figure out how to stop Sarah’s book from writing new stories which claim the lives of more people that Stella knows. But how?

Will Stella be able to stop the book in time? Will Stella be the next person written into a story? Will anyone even believe her that the book is causing the deaths and disappearances of the people around her? To find out, you need to pick up a copy of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. Look for it where ever movies are sold or rented.

Check out the film’s trailer (below). This is the theatrical trailer. The film is no longer in theaters.

 

The film has plenty of “spooktacular” bonus features worth checking out.

4K UHD / BLU-RAY / DIGITAL SPECIAL FEATURES

  •  “The Bellows Construct” Featurette – A discussion on production design. 
  • “Creature from the Shadows” Featurette – A look how one of the creatures was designed. 
  • “Mood Reels” Featurette – behind the scenes footage from the making of the film. 
  • “Behind-the-Scenes Trailers: Set Visits” Featurette – A behind the scenes look at the making of the film. 
  • “Dark Tales” Featurette – Guillermo del Toro discusses the film’s adaption compared to the books. 
  • “Retro Horror” Featurette – people discuss their horror experiences. 

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES

  • “Dark Tales” Featurette
  • “Retro Horror” Featurette

I loved this film. Sure, it’s not going to win an Oscar for Best Picture, but that is OK with me. It was fun to watch, well made and left me wanting to see a sequel (MORE Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark). I’m not sure how they can do it, based on what transpired in this film (it didn’t leave an opening for a sequel), but if one was made, I would certainly see it.

This film is rated PG-13. It is a bit too scary for young children (scary suspense and monsters), but older children might be able to handle it OK. Aside from the scary content, there was no sex, nudity, sexual content and honestly, I don’t recall any foul language. There could have been, but nothing stood out in my mind. The cast of characters are all teens themselves, so I’m sure the film makers wouldn’t have them curing up a storm in the film.

The special effects are pretty cool. I love Harold. I think he was really creepy looking. And the monster at the end of the film and how he moved about would give ME nightmares if I wasn’t immune to scary movies.

If you are looking for a fun movie to watch this weekend, if you are a fan of the books, or you enjoy fun horror flicks, check out Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.

You can also check out the film on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The film’s hashtag is #ScaryStoriesMovie and #ScaryStories.

I know Halloween has passed, but if you were interested in learning how to do some of the cool special effects from the film and recreate them yourself (they would make for a great practical joke too), check out the video below.

 

Kimberly

*I received a free screener copy in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

About Kimberly

Kimberly Vetrano resides in the suburbs of New York City with her family and "mini zoo" consisting of five cats, a dog and a Goldfish. Kimberly is a teacher's assistant for a Kindergarten class. When she is not working or blogging, Kimberly enjoys taking photos of nature and hanging out with family and friends.