Back again, it’s jAIMIE from Twiztid, the consumer of films who digests horror with a side of popcorn and spits it back out in the form of “Quarantine Movie Reviews”! This edition’s tasty selection is 2019’s Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark.
The shadow of the Bellows family has loomed large in the small town of Mill Valley for generations. It’s in a mansion that young Sarah Bellows turns her tortured life and horrible secrets into a series of scary stories. These terrifying tales soon have a way of becoming all too real for a group of unsuspecting teens who stumble upon Sarah’s spooky home.
This one’s a keeper, and sure to be a sequel. There’s a late 60’s vibe to the backdrop of this PG-13 movie. I mention the film’s rating mainly because PG-13 ratings in horror movies are usually the first thing held to scrutiny. In this particular case, however, SSTTITD delivers what feels like R-Rated chills at a more family-friendly pace, making this title an effective product for bridging the gap between horror and mainstream movie-viewing time. All the while, SSTTITD stays true to the series of books from the 80s and early 90s that most of Gen Z’s parents grew up reading as kids themselves.
The effects in this movie are insanely good, from Harold the Scarecrow to The Jangly Man, the shit they visually pull off further cements this brand with staying power worthy of building a continuing franchise. I can only hope that original series writer, Alvin Schwartz, is somewhere in the universe smiling back at what his creations have manifested into. It’s worth noting that original artist Stephen Gammell is currently alive, but at the time of me writing this I couldn’t find any information confirming weather or not he’s seen or enjoyed the film. So let’s just assume he did and move along!
Now on Blu-ray (and right between Resident Evil and Silent Night Deadly Night in my personal Horror/Sci-Fi collection) Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark is vastly growing in popularity for me as I watch it again and again, each time paying attention a little more to the details I hadn’t noticed before.
See this movie! Buy it on Blu, DVD, VOD, or whatever streaming service platform tickles your horror lovin’ fancy.
Till next time my name is jAMIE and I’m outta here like last year.
Editor’s Note: jAMIE is one half of the horror/hip-hop duo Twiztid. Read more about the band and give a couple of their videos a spin below.
Twiztid is an American hip hop duo from Detroit, Michigan. Formed in 1997, Twiztid is composed of Jamie Spaniolo and Paul Methric, who perform under the respective personas of Jamie Madrox and Monoxide.