‘Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark’ Is Leaving Viewers Too Terrified To Sleep

Gugu MashavaGugu Mashava in Entertainment, Film
Published 22.08.19

Horror fans from the US are claiming to have struggled to fall asleep after watching André Øvredal’s chilling flick, Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark.

For those who are unfamiliar with the origins, the film is actually based on Alvin Schwartz’s spooky collection of short stories written in 1981.

The book of the same title had its own success due to the creepy illustrations and vivid, grotesque imagery the writing contained.

As you can imagine, this made the collection of short stories controversial as it was sold as a children’s book and, well, most parents don’t want their kids to be reading about murder, cannibalism or disfigurement before bedtime.

Sounds like the perfect guidebook to train a young killer if you ask me.


In spite of that, it was popular back then and the popularity the film is receiving so far is proving to be no different.

The freaky flick has been rated a whopping 81% from Rotten tomato’s critics, which has beaten the likes of The conjuring 2 and almost came close to cult-classic, The Shining.


What is Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark about?

The film plot itself centres around a group of teens in 1968 who decide to explore a local abandoned house where they find a book. As the film progresses, the teens realise the stories written in the book are coming to life in their town Mill Valley.

Full of horror film plot clichés indeed, though if you need more convincing that the film will scare your socks off, one horror fan admitted that she had to sleep with her mum.

Others were equally just as shaken.

The response from horror fans is no surprise really, as the look and direction of the film is the brainchild of Øvredal, who directed The Autopsy of Jane Doe and producer Guillermo Del Toro, who was involved in dark fantasy drama Pan’s Labyrinth.

Both brilliant films in their own right.


However, if it wasn’t for the book’s well-known illustrations done masterfully by Stephen Gammell, the famous director and producer may have not have achieved the scare factor they wished to reach.


A character which I’m certain will be appearing as someone’s Halloween costume this year is the ghoulish pale lady, who has successfully become nightmare fuel for many viewers and you can see why.

Katie Walsh said in her review for Nerdist:

Impressively gruesome and thematically rich, drawing on political allegory that goes far beyond the simple spooks and scares of the stories themselves.


If she manages to beat the tragic Harley Quinn costumes out of the shops this October, then I’d like her to appear in my dreams too so I can high-five her.

When is Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark released?

Fancy not being able to sleep yourself?

Then go ahead and watch Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark on the 23rd August–  you can tweet and cry to the Twittersphere after.