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: 115 out of 489 found boring (23.51%)

One-line Reviews (310)

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

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.

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

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

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

Dull .

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.

Slow and flat.

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

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


Maybe around Halloween for the fun, entertaining horror scenes.

Stories to fall asleep to .

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.

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

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!

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

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

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

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.

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

I fell asleep!

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

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

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

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.


This movie was slow and just plain AWFUL !!

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

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

But once again, it's enjoyable.


Really dont waste your money.

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

Worst movie I've ever seen in theaters .

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

Acting was excellent but the story was boring and childish.

I enjoyed it and would buy it on DVD.

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

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

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

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

Quite intense and it kept my attention!

More suspenseful than scary .

Really bored!

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.

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

Save your money and sanity and don't bother.

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

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!

Very enjoyable adaptation.

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

The story by itself is catching and entertaining.

Save your money and watch what is really worth it.

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.

Honestly, I really enjoyed it.

Was surprisingly really uninteresting and routine.

Plane and simple, this movie made me sleepy.

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.

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

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.

Save your money!

We enjoyed it a lot.

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.

This movie dragged and never kept me captivated.

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

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

So Entertaining and Scary.

Lacks ambition, but ultimately enjoyable .

Glad he died, but took way too long.

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

Extremely predictable, overacted & not funny .

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.

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

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?

Overall I felt the movie was very enjoyable.

I was bored from beginning to end.

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

Contortionist disjointed human like thing sort of walking after victims.

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

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.

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

at least it's enjoyable .

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

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

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

The story was interesting, if a tad predictable.


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.

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

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.

Worst movie ever .

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

Boring as all get out.

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

Boring movie .

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

It is very slow paced, and kind of boring.

Surprisingly entertaining.

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

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

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.

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

Good but got a little boring .

Entire film full of boring conversation and close up scene!

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

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

Boring .

It relied solely on jump scares, which were painfully predictable and obvious.

But the movie is still entertaining tho.

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

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.

Still, it was fun and I enjoyed it.

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

More suspenseful than scary.

Predictable, sort of, ending.

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

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

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

Scary Stories is more exciting than really scary.

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

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

It was a slow starter.

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

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.

Incredibly boring, slow, messy and just downright crap.

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.

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

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

So this was thrilling and great I thought!

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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.

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

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

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).

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.

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

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

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).

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

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

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

Bored to freaking death!

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.

Very Cliche.

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

Very enjoyable start to finish

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


It was predictable, generic, and boring.

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

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 .

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

But for a basic horror, I enjoyed it.

Honestly I would rather watch paint dry.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

So instead it just feels slow!

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

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

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

Still it's well worth watching.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

It's more entertaining than frightening.

Worst movie I've seen in theaters in years.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

It's a cliché movie.

Storyline is too contrived .

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

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.

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

Waste of time.

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 movie was entertaining.

Hence, don't waste cinema money

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.

Generic & Too slow .

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).

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

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

A boring and uneventful movie.

and it lulls at points....

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

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.

Dull Stories to Tell in the dark .

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

Boring Movie to Watch in the Dark .

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

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.

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.

Don't waste your time or money on this.

It is enjoyable for teenagers as well as adults.

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

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

Save your money .

The movie him self It was boring.

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

Either way, it's pretty enjoyable throughout.

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...

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

The characters were bland and boring.

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

Extremely predictable, overacted & not funny.

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

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.

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

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

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

Save your money.

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

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

Predictable and cliche.

Enjoyable .

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

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.

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

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

Worth watching!

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

Overrated, and boring.

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 also felt it like it dragged on.

Overall I really enjoyed it.

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

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.

An entertaining horror movie .

The death scenes are very bland and lazy.

Subtle horror with fragments of intense moments.

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).

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.

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.

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.

Enjoyable movie .

This film is very engaging with a good storyline.

Sloppy, Fractured, Pointless .

Worth watching.

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.

Wish there were deeper monsters but still enjoyable .

Very entertaining and very well written.

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.

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

IN BRIEF: An uneven but entertaining spookfest.

Slow rollercoaster with wickedly intense moments .

Snore Fest.

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.

Harold And Bored .

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

I fell asleep .

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.

Beyond that, this film is just plain boring.

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

I thought it was boring!

I was INCREDIBLY bored watching this film.

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

The suspense and thrills will leave you on the edge.

, most of the scenes in this movie were completely pointless.

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

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

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.

Boring, predictable movie.

the movie is slow to start.

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

BORING horror films.

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

and you're really bored...

Predictable and disappointing.

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

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

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

The central story line felt too contrived.

One very uninteresting one at that.

Some of the ghosts are really creepy and unexpected.

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

There are plenty of suspenseful and tense sequences throughout.

Please save your money.


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

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

Entertaining and Genuinely Creepy Gateway Movie .