Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) - Horror, Mystery, Thriller

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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.

IMDB: 6.2
Director: André Øvredal
Stars: Zoe Margaret Colletti, Michael Garza
Length: 108 Minutes
PG Rating: PG-13
Reviews: 118 out of 517 found boring (22.82%)

One-line Reviews (315)

The scary stories of Sarah Bellows are presented in an exciting and interesting way in the film.

The script has major issues with predictable mystery, cursory plotting and mediocre character developments.

Hence, don't waste cinema money

But the movie is still entertaining tho.

), this is still a pretty good, very fun and entertaining horror-lite film that gets the job done.

More like boring stories paid for movie and turned it off after an hour as my wife and I couldnt suffer this anymore .

You'll sleep perfectly peacefully after watching such a snooze fest.

I wish they'd have just gotten a flexible acrobat for one of the monsters, I wish they'd have gotten a practical effects artist to make a writhing leg ooze from a sore, I wish for many more practical effects to keep me immersed in stead of kick me out of the moment.

But it's enjoyable and that's all I needed it to be.

But once again, it's enjoyable.

The script is kinda formulaic and at times messy, but can prove to be decently entertaining at times, despite the plot often being on the nose.

It is an enjoyable flick with an original story that doesn't keep the same level of narrative at the end.

Stories to fall asleep to .

This was a boring watered down adaptation and very hard to finish.

In the old days a Cartoon Short film or News reel prior to Start were much more entertaining than trailers.

While the Pale Lady was slow and cumbersome, he is fast and flexible and really becomes a contender.

I had to empty my entire mind hoping to either really like the film or hate it.

bored to hell .

As others have said it's slow to get going, drags its feet at points, and there isn't any climax to be found.

Worst movie I've ever seen in theaters .

Some of the side plots seemed deliberately pointless or failed to evoke any real relevance over the story/character development.

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark works when it tells it's short stories; the larger story is disjointed .

This film makes a pour attempt at being scary but remained boring throughout.

Slow and flat.

I really enjoyed it and recommend it for a good scary time.

Set in 1968, the film opens with all sorts of anti-Nixon propaganda, and this is peppered throughout the film, without resolution or reason.

Some perfect ways to describe this film are; poorly written, boring, unimaginative, no sense of direction, awful casting, lack of gravity to any situation, no tension, bad CGI, terrible story progression.

Maybe this movie is for those live in US as children that have heard from their parent or story book,for outsiders who seen this movie will feel totally empty.

Save your money and watch what is really worth it.

Generic & Too slow .

It tried to play itself like a genuine horror when it was more like a more thrilling goosebumps without the comedy.

The backstory of Sarah was a bit drab, they could have polished that up with some kind of big twist which would have made the movie have a little more punch.

The movie is quite enjoyable and for sure way much better than the average horror movie.

I prefer amazing stories bored, just bored and bad the ending is a torture

Either way, it's pretty enjoyable throughout.

The central story line felt too contrived.

Scary Stories is more exciting than really scary.

What a mistake I made to movie progressed really slow and made no effort to actually tell the stories of the characters.

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is one slow, long, and dull teen horror movie.

This is a version of coming of age story, wrapped in horror clothes, the tale of lost innocence and deliverance from past.

But, as a grumpy, older cynic, I'd say it was entertaining at best, and predictable for the most part.

Whether it was a scarecrow,a dead corpse with a missing two or a creepy absorbing monster the film was very creative and something different compared to other horrors.

You can tell right away when a jump scare is about to happen because it's such a cliché way.

As for the finale, everything is resolved suddenly and lacks all the terror a good horror finale needs, making for a dull, underwhelming ending.

Don't waste your time on this especially if you read the books its annoying that this is what they came up with from them and leaves you annoyed for wasting your time.

I was expecting this movie to be scary like Goosebumps, which is to say not scary at all, but still entertaining.


In the end, Scary Stories is hardly a necessary film to watch for 2019, but it does prove to be better than expected at times, and even though some ideas seem like a missed opportunity for a different and darker film, it does prove to hold together to be enjoyable enough in the long run.

Beyond that, this film is just plain boring.

I fell asleep!

I wanted to shut it off many times but unfortunately watched until the boring conclusion.

In fact, even it's larger story seems fascinating.

So Entertaining and Scary.

The story by itself is catching and entertaining.

I wouldn't say it was horrible to watch their whole plot, just entertaining.

Very enjoyable adaptation.

The whole film feels like one of those cliche 80s-90s horror slashers where you know the formula and have seen the movie before you've even bought your ticket.

The entire plot feels like an ad lib adapted from "scary movie" script template as it's just as cliché and predictable as you'd expect a PG-13 horror to be.

Not going to write a long review but just want to say that although some parts seemed to drag a little, there were intense scenes.

Dont lose your time this his the worst movie ever , the positiv reviews his not true , omg worst thing ever not scary stupid bad acting , terrible

I was INCREDIBLY bored watching this film.

I know they tried something new ish but its just so boring.

It is enjoyable for teenagers as well as adults.

It's great to tell interconnected stories into 1 film and cool to watch how, but it is just so dull to think because that's just it that they show.

Subtle horror with fragments of intense moments.

Enjoyable .

It was a slow starter.

The story was interesting, if a tad predictable.

I fell asleep .

The plot, while simplistic and done by other movies a dozen times, still was entertaining and made me curious to hear more, and there were occasional twists that left me surprised.

His script is very similar to cliché horror movies.

I didn't find it particularly scary (unlike The Haunting of Hill House), but it's creepy and authentic and very enjoyable as a piece of entertainment.

Enjoyable movie .

Really bored!

Overall the film is bland, generic and cliche ridden to the bone.

Three people actually walked out of the film half-way through, and while the film certainly wasn't going to rewrite the horror movie genre, I don't think it was that bad.

This movie was slow and just plain AWFUL !!

Save your money and sanity and don't bother.

Fake jump-scares, bad looking monsters, slow-moving monsters (didn't we work out they weren't scary 20 years ago) and horrible characters.

I think it has quite a bit of really suspenseful and scary scenes (a lot of the jump scares done well) and in a way it's great that the film was able to get away with so much while being PG-13.

Worth watching!

Dull .

Good but got a little boring .

It's a cliché movie.

Don't waste your time or money on this.

Acting was excellent but the story was boring and childish.

This is quite a novel twist on the teen horror genre and it does work quite well but also does have some very cliche 'honestly why would you do that?

), and our heroes run the range between one-dimensional and just plain boring.

We know what's going to happen but it was much more suspenseful than I thought it would be.

Definitely worth the watch if youre watching for the mems, nothing better than a teen-scream otherwise.

Entire film full of boring conversation and close up scene!

I went to the theatre with low expectation and yet, this movie still pretty enjoyable to me.

Camera cuts were totally predictable and sometimes too much to actually happen that you start getting annoyed.

Don't waste your time on this cliched,ordinary story.

Still, it's not bad, and I could follow the narrative which was enjoyable.

The 'story' itself was bland, predictable and boring.

It is very slow paced, and kind of boring.

Overrated, and boring.

Certainly one to put on the list of horrors worth watching in 2019.

Quite intense and it kept my attention!

Really dont waste your money.

I would say catch this on Netflix whenever you're bored and really don't feel like paying attention to a movie.

But maybe that's just me being bored by the fact that everything needs a motivation.

Every story that is being told does a good job now being repetitive and feel like your watching an anthology series that have a big connection.

In the end, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is an entertaining horror movie to be watched at your local cinema with your friends if you like the genre and are between twelve and sixteen years old.

Whilst it took from many classics with slight twists upon each all Mildred together it still works and will be enjoyable for anyone in high school or above with enough about it without the scares to have you invested with the characters and by the end a potential sequel.

Overall I felt the movie was very enjoyable.

But for a basic horror, I enjoyed it.

Not even sure what I was doing more often, yawning or rolling my eyes.

This movie dragged and never kept me captivated.

Waste of time.

Truth be told, the slow pacing doesn't help, especially when the character development only works for two.

Extremely predictable, overacted & not funny .

Slow-paced and drawn-out nothingness is mistaken for actual tension, potential plot devices are clumsily thrown aside, horror cliches abound (how many contorted CGI-bodies do we really need?

Incredibly boring, slow, messy and just downright crap.

At the beginning, I felt it would be a a very dull, boring movie with just a few jumpscares to make you jump and this was partly true, but still, I think this movie is worth watching since it's a lot of fun and the 'monsters' were great and a bit creepy as well!

Worst movie I've seen in theaters in years.

A step up from fair like Goosebumps but not quite to the level (in intensity, gore and violence) of a "real" Horror film like HEREDITY, PARANORMAL ACTIVITY or the SAW franchise - and that just might be it's downfall for it is stuck in a very narrow band of viewers who will enjoy this (too intense for younger kids, to "kidd-ish" for teenagers and above).

There is a solid 20 to 30 minutes where it seems like nothing happens and then the film limps to a horrible ending.

Entertaining and Genuinely Creepy Gateway Movie .

This film is very engaging with a good storyline.

Worth watching if you've got nothing better to do .


However, if you like an entertaining and well-told ghost story, then this "Scary Stories to tell in the dark" is perfect for you.


Believe me, only because the movie had cheap jumpscares, It doesn't mean it's not worth watching, for a PG-13 movie it has some pretty disturbing images and will make you not sleep for days...

Honestly I would rather watch paint dry.

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.

Ya, it was pretty cliche, the dialogue was cringe at times, and I found the main character annoying.

Only two characters are genuinely engaging, which proves that the slow build-up didn't entirely pay off as it should have.

Storyline is too contrived .

Still, it was fun and I enjoyed it.

Plane and simple, this movie made me sleepy.

found myself feeling like I was watching Nickelodeon and my husband even fell asleep.

They lack personal character and aren't interesting at all, only dull and boring.

The look of the film is pretty good, with its 60's style making for some compelling moments, even when proving to be somewhat interesting.

The movie was entertaining.

Please save your money.

Honestly, I really enjoyed it.

Wish there were deeper monsters but still enjoyable .

I thought it was boring!

Boring movie .

Contortionist disjointed human like thing sort of walking after victims.

What I actually got was a very tired ghost story, one that treads familiar ground and regularly resorts to loud noises to try and make the viewer jump (or in the case of my friend, who fell asleep in the cinema, to wake them up).

The movie as a whole is far from great, but still enjoyable for what it is.

Well was a great film with good story and a little scary , some parts creepy well worth the watch reminded me of goodbumps film a little with the books theme .

Although, if this was made in the 80s the hard PG-13 would make more sense but now it seems confusing to me.

BORING horror films.

Øvredal delivers one or two nicely realised creepy creatures along the way (the monsters apparently faithful to the illustrations in Schwartz's books), but the pace is slow, the when the kids investigate the history of the ghost, the film grinds to a halt (which is around the point that my friend dozed off).

Some horror movies go WAY overboard with the kills, but this one used minimal deaths, which I'd say is a breath of fresh air, and does make it suspenseful to watch.

Just don't put up too high of a hope on this, it may seem like the next "IT" or "Stranger Things", you know with all the kids being terrorized by some unknown evil entity, which turns out to be a little bit boring and cringey to the point that I almost couldn't curb the urge of my body to just go out and go somewhere else in the middle of the story.

Predictable and disappointing.

The movie feels very slow phased at some moments, something that led me to yawn several times.

But that is my opinion, go see it for yourself if you're a fan of dull popcorn horror movies.

Boring as all get out.

This movie was so predictable you knew everything that was going to happen.

The music is the only thing that makes the jump-scares work, though, which makes them formulaic, predictable and, actually, kind of cheap.

This happens when the story and the storytelling become uneven and far too predictable.

A boring and uneventful movie.

It wasn't scary, and the parts that were supposed to be suspenseful were cliche and a bit drab.

The movie's too slow for a horror and then there are less horrible scenes.

As I said before, worst movie I've ever seen in theaters, perhaps worst movie I've ever seen.

people DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME with this film it will leave you in dark with nothing and stories to tell is nothing.

and you're really bored...

The acting is decent, but the deaths and horror scenes are so intense you actually pity the more annoying victims, and one villainous character.

This movie looked so good from the previews, but leaves you leaving bored and disappointed

This is a quality horror where real effort and thought has gone in to producing a visually engaging experience and a film that is engaging.

There are plenty of suspenseful and tense sequences throughout.

The whole group just had very funny and entertaining banter between each other.

One very uninteresting one at that.

There are moments were the director tries to be unpredictable with its jump scares.

It's more entertaining than frightening.

"Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark" is an entertaining horror film with short stories linked by a lead story with Stella and Ramón.

Scare moments are somehow predictable and music is not that frightening.

As a fan of the books I wanted to love this movie but the horrible sub par acting and very slow and boring plot really made me disappointed.

Extremely predictable, overacted & not funny.

by that I mean, I would expect to see this as one of Netflix own lesser films, that "does a job" when you're bored and want something to put on and not really follow.


Alongside this is the fact that each encounter is painfully short, 3/4 minutes at most and 1/3 of that is cut away to other characters, meaning there isn't enough time to build the tension required, also it cheapens itself by having to lower itself to jump scares to keep you from yawning.

Still it's well worth watching.

If you're looking to get your pants scared off, look elsewhere but I enjoyed it!

If you didn't read the books, don't waste your time...

The film's pacing is truly its biggest flaw, by proving to be somewhat interesting at times, and messy and dull at others.

The characters were way more likable than I anticipated and gave a great deal of charm to everything which was refreshing instead of just dull walking cliche's like they could've been.

When the film detours off course from its formulaic plotting, it zeroes in on its more compelling tales of woe before veering back to the established conventional story-within-a-story format.

But story moved very quick and was repetitive like other horror movies based on children group.

Maybe around Halloween for the fun, entertaining horror scenes.

Predictable and cliche.

However it could give us something more intense and dramatic like It (2017).

The whole story is a cliche; it's essentially the story of a tormented ghost who terrifies a group of people.

Boring stories, typical run of the mill supposed horror film.

This film is an empty imitation of the far more memorable source, so at least there is that.

Lacks ambition, but ultimately enjoyable .

I was bored 90% of the time and never felt scared or shocked or tense, the film uses outdated and sloppy tropes and acting with a corny script and pretty dull characters.

For some viewers, this might take too long and find it boring by the time the first creature brutally pops onto the screen.

In fact, the scenes are so boring and dull you start to wonder what you are going to have for dinner more than what is going on in the scene.

Entertaining, more cool than scary, awesome visuals, will watch again.

On the positive side, the different creatures seen throughout the film are intriguing, diversified and creative which makes for an entertaining experience.

I enjoyed it and would buy it on DVD.

Beautiful creatures, great cgi, but the story is pretty dull.

i thought death scenes were lame and boring nothing about it threw out film it's not scary theirs no horror that can scare you at all this is like kids would be scared off, not for adults these days horror movies suck just like with this film.

Very entertaining and very well written.

We enjoyed it a lot.

truly something that would haunt the corners of your mind as you fall asleep at night.

If it's because they wanted to leave a sequel hook, it's a just not worth it.

This is an extremely entertaining movie that, in my opinion, does justice to the source material.

It's a very uninspiring ending; a bit of a letdown for what otherwise could have been a decent movie.

Boring, predictable movie.

Whether you enjoyed it or hated it, it's pretty understandable.

Scary Stories falls into the same style of movies as Brightburn where there was great potential but poor execution, and while mildly enjoyable once certainly is not worthy of multiple returns to the movie theatre.

I personally found the overarching story to be clunky, forced, predictable and empty.

And while the story is like Goosebumps, it still try to be it's own thing and I enjoyed it.

It's not the best horror you will watch in your life, but it's definitely better than many horror movies coming out(with no plot, no story just killing).

Literally the only reason I dragged myself to see a scary movie.

Lets start of with the films nice 60,s aesthetics and its stunning visuals.

I dont find many films that are scary these days, and this one isnt scary at all, unless your under 12 I guess, but its still very watchable and entertaining, definitely better than most I've seen over the last few years.

Overall I really enjoyed it.

Save your money.

As the character tries to escape the corridors but every turn he makes he runs into a slow walking pale lady.

The special effects were creepy and really well done but the story was so generic and flat that it was hard to feel immersed.

The death scenes are very bland and lazy.

It's not a bad idea to use as a springboard for all these creepy creations to show up, but the main characters don't give us much to hang on to and the film feels like it takes a bit too long to get to the good stuff and, once it does, we wait in anticipation for the next story to appear in between tedious scenes of the kids sleuthing in the local library or mental hospital to find clues about how to stop the evil from claiming them.

There's also some weird political propaganda thrown in unrelated to the story.

and it lulls at points....

Very enjoyable start to finish

When the story is predictable, you want the movie to have eerie atmosphere and some scares.

The films main core story and characters do get dull and boring at times which makes you crave the more horrific moments.

The ending was pretty enjoyable for how boring the movie started off to be.

Let's make things clear: not one of the best of all times, but very entertaining and entertaining to look at.

(I know a movie is boring if I look at my watch.

This is my opinion, that this film is still inferior to Asian horror films, I made the list, guaranteed to be more sinister, but this film is worth watching for those who like horror, I'm thirsty for this genre of film

Let's start with the performances, most if the young actors were great, Zoe Margaret Colletti as Stella Nicholls stole the whole show, she's so talented, yet her character is so predictable, but she managed to make her very entertaining to watch, sometimes even emotional!

The visuals and presentation of these scenes are stunning which makes me wonder why could they not have had a good story be the backing for the scares.

The iconic ink illustrations by Stephen Gammell gave this trilogy a cult status as adults readily tried to ban these books from school and public libraries deeming these short stories too intense for young minds.

The kills are fun, unexpectedly gruesome in a goreless, bloodless way, the build-ups and atmosphere also pleasantly surprised, boredom was not among the emotions the movie raised in me.

Finally, the "scary stories" that Sarah tells are entertaining and imaginative, and the whole concept of this film is incredibly captivating.

I thought this was thoroughly entertaining, well acted, nicely filmed, amusing and really creepy.

the movie is slow to start.

What initially begins as an intriguing find soon becomes a nightmare as stories begin to manifest on the pages right before their eyes.

I also felt it like it dragged on.

Short: most story's are bad, bad acting, badly detailed landscape, ending is weak and predictable.

So this was thrilling and great I thought!

More suspenseful than scary.

And as always, movie aren't that scary as I expect, the jumpscares are so obvious but one moment actually got me intense in the" under the bed" scene.

Boring Movie to Watch in the Dark .

Save your money .

Michael Garza is also amazing as the movie's male lead; Ramón Morales, who is another very interesting character, with the most compelling character arc in the movie.

at least it's enjoyable .

Was surprisingly really uninteresting and routine.

" Predictable and dispassionate, it wouldn't surprise me at all if the scares were made up on the spot due to the filmmakers' laziness.

Boring .

I'd say it was pretty boring, to be honest.

I knew it was going to be visually stunning from the moment I saw Guillermo Del Toro, and it absolutely was.

It's not perfect, but it is perfectly enjoyable.

Glad he died, but took way too long.


stories suck it will leave you dark with a empty handed i rather take a dump at toilets room in dark that would have been a better stories to tell in dark.

Pretty boring and the rest of the audience seemed the same.

a spooky, fresh, cool and entertaining teen horror movie .

However I do fine the teen cast kind of boring and lame.

This might be appropriate for young teenagers but older teenagers or adults could quickly get bored.

She has a particularly intriguing past, and I don't think we get enough out of it.

I understand this was based on a book series but the movie just felt like the echo of many other cliche movies rather then it's own thing.

The movie seems to be targeted towards younger teens, and is very enjoyable for those who are just getting into the horror genre.

Its like a movie you would watch if your high just for the laughs at how terrible it dragged and how terrible the stories are.

Her emotional range is spectacular and this performance should definitely get her some exciting new opportunities.

Harold And Bored .

The bad news is - they're attached to a somewhat meandering and un-engaging wrap around story that gives its characters a personality a little too late.

His attempts at comedy(the writer's attempts) were Weak, forced and predictable.

A 2019 Pre-October Adrenaline Rush OF FEAR!!.

Surprisingly entertaining.

What it got wrong, failed to capture the true creepiness of the books, borrowed heavily from other ideas (IT & Stranger Things), jump scares, unlikable characters, pour core story, and just boring.

The film is fast paced likeable leads and ultimately at times actually pretty scary for all ages unlike goosebumps itself.

More suspenseful than scary .

And the way in which the problem is solved is perhaps dull.

All aspects of the horror I have seen before, but somehow I enjoyed it.

It wasn't gory, or unbearable, it was just some good plain fun.

Am I the only one who was bored the entire movie?!?

Worst movie ever .

And that's good for the cast is pretty bland.

So instead it just feels slow!

Dull Stories to Tell in the dark .

The spider scene was cringy, but the Jangly Man original and gave me the chills, but the story as a whole was just boring and uneventful for me especially with political inserts at random points of the film (even though this is not a time piece) it just didn't flow well.

Some parts were rushed and the dialogues were a little unclear but nonetheless it was good and enjoyable.

It may be not scary, but it still enjoyable to watch.

Its probably very exciting for big fans of the book series, and I wouldn't be surprised if a sequel was on its way.

This film boasts some creepy scenes and great makeup and practical effects, but boring characters, a weak story, and cringy writing doesn't completely make up for the talent behind the camera

I like seeing young, up and coming actors shine new light into a genre that is seldom successful at actually making a good and enjoyable film.

Knowing del Toro, I also remembered myself that this wouldn't just be a straightforward horror story, filled with predictable jump scares, and a bland narrative.

The suspense and thrills will leave you on the edge.

The toe scene was so dragged out you knew exactly what was going to happen next.

Some of the ghosts are really creepy and unexpected.

Is basically a copy of several horror movies cliches into one movie, its SOOO predictable and really not fun i just watched it because i was really bored.

Wow this film had me on the edge of my seat.

An entertaining horror movie .

Save your money!

I saw it at the drive-in last weekend and it was so slow.

The story is boring, acting decent, special effects are garbage.

It is not scary, the horror scenes are easily predictable, the graphics is a joke, and the acting is so weak that I had to laugh at it.

Rather, you'll find a popular formula for horror movies, not accidentally coping the vibes of the Stranger Things tv show, delivering a boring/repetitive storyline, with some really creepy and scary creatures (the best part of the movie).

After the showing of a cult film (Night of the Living Dead (1968)) in a drive-in theater, a group of teens arrives, we do not really know how, in a time-worn mansion on the edge of town, abandoned for ages after an unexplained murder.

Predictable, sort of, ending.

Slow rollercoaster with wickedly intense moments .

Sloppy, Fractured, Pointless .

As everything comes to a conclusion in an intense finale, we see a set up for a possibility of a future franchise which i would totally be on board with to see more of the classic stories come to life as well as new ones.

IN BRIEF: An uneven but entertaining spookfest.

Childish, casual, predictable, stupid ending, story also not impressive .

it's blank pages but the book writers itself and person will die of anythingi thought threw out plot the film is boring very boring another characters what is their to say about them you have Ramón Morales (Michael Garza) good character but nothing much to say about him, Auggie Hilderbrandt (Gabriel Rush), Chuck Steinberg (Austin Zajur) such annoying character and sister of chuck Ruth (Natalie Ganzhorn) they all got involved in it with bookbecause went to haunted house and book writers about person the get haunted and book reads them and kills person that's what all film is.

Bored to freaking death!

Snore Fest.

Falters on it's early promise, which inevitably forces this picture into bland formula.


Those with a young and limited frame of mind might be impressed with it, but besides a few creepy moments it's just another predictable, run of the mill teen flick.

Worth watching.

If Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark had been a collection of short tales simply, it would have scared the daylights out of the audience but on the contrary, the film is nondescript and cliche ridden.