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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

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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

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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:

$104,545,505
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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 walkie talkies shown in the film were of 1970s, not 1960s, vintage. See more »

Quotes

Ramón Morales: Last week they shipped my brother home from Vietnam in pieces.
Stella Nicholls: I'm so sorry.
Ramón Morales: Last week when I got my draft notice... I couldn't... they'd send me there to die. If the book can read me, I'm afraid what it'll say.
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Connections

References Frankenstein's Daughter (1958) See more »

Soundtracks

Believe Me If All Those Endearing Young Charmes
Written by Thomas Moore
Performed by Victor Orchestra, Geraldine Farrar
Courtesy of Naxos of America o/b/o Romophon
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The Book of Horror Stories
9 December 2019 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In 1968, in Mill Valley, Pennsylvania, the outcast teenager Stella Nicholls (Zoe Colletti) is an aspirant writer that has only two friends, Auggie Hilderbrandt (Gabriel Rush) and Chuck Steinberg (Austin Zajur). On the Halloween night, the trio of friends decide to play a prank on the bully Tommy Milner (Austin Abrams) and flee to a drive-in theater where the stranger Ramón Morales (Michael Garza) hides and protects the teenagers. They decide to spend the night visiting the haunted house of the Bellows family, where Stella finds the book of stories of the notorious Sarah Bellows (Kathleen Pollard). She brings the book home and soon she realizes that Sarah is writing one horror story per day with each one of them and she tries to find a means to stop Sarah.

"Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark" is an entertaining horror film with short stories linked by a lead story with Stella and Ramón. The plot is not gore or scary and disappoints fans of the genre. But if the viewer likes mystery and fantasy films, he or she will certainly enjoy this film. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Histórias Assustadoras para Contar no Escuro" ("Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark")


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