“Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” can easily be considered one of the most chilling PG-13 scary movies to ever be released in theaters.
This film released August 9, 2019 and soon to be in stores on DVD and on demand in November across the nation, there's not a more fitting movie to see .
The film begins with and revolves around Stella Nicholls (Zoe Margaret Colletti) as your typical lonely character with not too many friends. The friends she does have though are solid and the kind of friends people wish they had. Auggie Hilderbrandt (Gabriel Rush) would easily be considered Stella’s calm, cool, and collected friend when things begin to get out of hand. On the other hand, Chuck Steinberg (Austin Zajur) is the uppity prankster who is all for the cause but is also extremely scared when things go left.
The movie includes a pretty decent love story between Stella and Ramón Morales (Michael Garza). This love story seemed essential to keeping the film put together and was a nice addition to a horror film.
The overall plot of the film begins with Stella, Auggie, and Chuck meeting up on Halloween night to get revenge on the local bully Tommy Milner (Austin Abrams). After running from Tommy, the characters meet up with Ramón and decide to go to a haunted house. At the house, there is a book that was found which tells scary stories. From that point on the characters band together to try to solve the mystery they have come across.
The two downsides of this movie that it took a while to actually get started up with the action, and there were some spots that were a little predictable. After muscling through those predictable moments and about 20 minutes of nothing but build up, the movie finally gets going.
Once the movie gets going, it is filled with spine-chilling suspenseful moments, monsters, and laughs to ease the tension that has been built up. All in all, this is a movie that I would recommend suspense lovers see for the simple fact that it is not too demonic while at the same time maintaining scary elements and creepy themes.
In short, "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark" is the perfect combination of suspense, laughter, and love for a PG-13 horror film.