Movie Review: Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

Lainey VanSumeren, Staff Writer

What’s the Story?

“The haunted shadow of the Bellows family has loomed over the small town of Mill Valley for generations. It is inside the Bellows mansion that young Sarah Bellows turns her tortured life and horrible secrets into a series of scary stories. These horrifying tales soon have a way of becoming all too real for a group of unsuspecting teens who stumble upon Sarah’s book of stories in her family’s old abandoned mansion. The book is found by Stella Nicholls (played by Zoe Margaret Colletti) who has a deep love for writing her own scary stories, her close friends Auggie Hilderbrandt, (played by Gabriel Rush) a nerdy and very germophobic boy, and Chuck Steinberg (played by Austin Zajur), an obnoxious prankster. The trio decide to take a closer look at this book alongside a stranger, Ramon Morales, (played by XX) who appears to be just passing through town when he meets the trio. Stories hurt, stories heal, and if we repeat them enough they become real.”


The movie Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is definitely in my top ten to watch around Halloween. It has many terrifying twists and unexpected turns. As the storyline progresses, more and more is revealed about the characters and their pasts. The characters are well read, and I found myself getting emotionally attached to each one of them. They help you see and believe how scary each situation is as they each battle their own worst nightmares. The actors really embody the characters they are playing.  The emotions are easily understood and the actors performance sent chills down my spine. The cinematography was impeccable too. It was very realistic and a total attention grabber! The way each monster looked, walked, and moved was all very unique and realistic. They definitely had an incredible scare factor. I would recommend the movie to anyone who enjoys a good scare.


  • Release date: August 9, 2019 (USA)
  • Director: André Øvredal
  • Production companies: E1 Entertainment, CBS Films, Sean Daniel Company
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Run Time: 1h 47m
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