I have fond memories of reading Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark and More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark back in Elementary school. Well, when I say reading, I mean looking at all the spooky illustrations. Even so, I still remember having a grand old time with my friends telling each other stories from the pages of Alvin Schwartz anthologies. Although I must admit, I never got around to reading his third volume.
But I did get out of the house and catch the film adaption of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, and it captured an adolescent atmosphere with expert precision (whether that’s a compliment is for you to decide).
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is Rated PG-13 for terror/violence, disturbing images, thematic elements, language including racial epithets, and brief sexual references. It features Zoe Margaret Colleti, Michael Garza, Gabriel Rush, Austin Zajur, Lorraine Toussaint, and Dean Norris. Directed by André Øvredal.
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Melvin Benson is the creator, editor, and lead host of Cinematic Doctrine. He’s written fiction and nonfiction for over a decade with short stories featured on the Creepypasta Wiki and Wattpad. His novelette Ethereal Temptation, a teen drama with a tinge of magical-realism, can be read for free here. His hope is to see King Jesus glorified as far as the east is from the west!
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