mum and dad
I had heard great things about this films. It had good reviews, one of my best friends mum even recommended it to me, and I had heard about how spooky the original books were - have never read them though, I must admit. So I was thrilled to see that it was on Prime. And obviously, as the whole of the UK is pretty much on lockdown, the parents had agreed to watch it with me! "On Halloween 1968, reclusive Stella and her two friends meet a mysterious drifter, Ramón, and uncover a sinister notebook of stories."
I showed the parents the trailer, and both actually seemed into it. So into it that they both seemed to forget the original plan was to watch Gone with the Wind...
From the get go and start, all three of us were into this film, even though it is based off children's books, this film is definitely not for children... It is definitely a 15 for a reason, that's for sure. The books seem to be like Goosebumps, scary but for kids, but unlike the new Goosebumps film, Scary Stories to tell in the Dark has not been made for children at all. And I loved that. All the monsters have been kept to the original scary looks as in the books, and all of them were made by hand, with as a little CGI as possible - such effort was put into this film to make it stay as close as possible to the books, and it makes it even nicer to watch.
I did really like this film, and so did the parents, mum was actually really quite stressed - those damn monsters do not give up chasing people in this! Each story is set out in the best way, tension being built in every scene and taking full advantage of those damn monsters. I have to say, The Big Toe - so weird - and The Pale Lady had to be my favorites - what can I say, I am a fan of a chase.
The one thing I didn't really like about it, was Stella, one of the main characters. She just could not stop being nosey and snooping through other peoples stuff! It was pretty much her fault that this all happened, and even when she started all this trouble, she still couldn't help but be nosey. Her friends were all too nice to blame her - fair enough - but why not tell her in the nicest way possible to ring her neck in?! Saying all this though, if she hadn't been nosey and awoken Sarah, I wouldn't have been able to have seen this film...
Overall, all three of us, me, mum and dad, all really did like this film, and of course we are thrilled it seems they have left it as an open cliff hanger. No one more excited than me... And, even though I didn't read the books, I know there are more - I'll wait for the next film.
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