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

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A group of teens face their fears in order to save their lives.

IMDB: 6.4
Director: André Øvredal
Stars: Zoe Margaret Colletti, Michael Garza
Length: 108 Minutes
PG Rating: PG-13
Reviews: 86 out of 387 found boring (22.22%)

One-line Reviews (246)

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

I thought it was boring!

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

Save your money and sanity and don't bother.

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

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

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

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.

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

One very uninteresting one at that.

Worst movie I've ever seen in theaters .

Storyline is too contrived .

Very enjoyable start to finish

Save your money .

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

Still it's well worth watching.

Worst movie I've seen in theaters in years.

But for a basic horror, I enjoyed it.

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

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).

Some of the ghosts are really creepy and unexpected.

Please save your money.

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

Surprisingly entertaining.

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

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

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

This movie dragged and never kept me captivated.

Enjoyable movie .

Overall I really enjoyed it.

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.

Very enjoyable adaptation.

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.

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.

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 central story line felt too contrived.

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?

Either way, it's pretty enjoyable throughout.

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

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.

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

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

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.

This movie was slow and just plain AWFUL !!

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.

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

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.

Still, it was fun and I enjoyed it.

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

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

Overall I felt the movie was very enjoyable.

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

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.

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

The story by itself is catching and entertaining.

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

So this was thrilling and great I thought!

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

More suspenseful than scary.

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.

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

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

Incredibly boring, slow, messy and just downright crap.

Boring as all get out.

Harold And Bored .

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

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

Worst movie ever .

Entertaining and Genuinely Creepy Gateway Movie .

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

Snore Fest.

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

Stories to fall asleep to .

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?

Slow rollercoaster with wickedly intense 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.

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...

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.

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

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.

Hence, don't waste cinema money

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

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

The movie him self It was boring.

Don't waste your time or money on this.

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

Waste of time.

Sloppy, Fractured, Pointless .

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

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.

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.

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!

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.

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


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

Quite intense and it kept my attention!

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

Generic & Too slow .

Really dont waste your money.

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

Worth watching!

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.

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

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

But the movie is still entertaining tho.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

It's more entertaining than frightening.

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

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

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

I was bored from beginning to end.

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

Lacks ambition, but ultimately enjoyable .

Predictable and cliche.

Wish there were deeper monsters but still enjoyable .

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).

But once again, it's enjoyable.

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

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

Boring Movie to Watch in the Dark .

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

Worth watching.

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

More suspenseful than scary .

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.

A boring and uneventful movie.

Very Cliche.

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

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

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

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

It was a slow starter.

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

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.

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

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

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


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.

and you're really bored...

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

Plane and simple, this movie made me sleepy.

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

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

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.

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 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.

Maybe around Halloween for the fun, entertaining horror scenes.

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

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

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

Save your money and watch what is really worth it.

I fell asleep!

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

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 BRIEF: An uneven but entertaining spookfest.

The suspense and thrills will leave you on the edge.

Save your money!

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

I fell asleep .

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.

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

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

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.

I was INCREDIBLY bored watching this film.

There are plenty of suspenseful and tense sequences throughout.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

It was predictable, generic, and boring.

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

Boring, predictable movie.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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 movie was entertaining.

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.

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.

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

It is very slow paced, and kind of boring.

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

and it lulls at points....

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

Save your money.

This film is very engaging with a good storyline.

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

The characters were bland and boring.

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

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

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

I enjoyed it and would buy it on DVD.




The story was interesting, if a tad predictable.

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

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

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).

Enjoyable .

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

Boring movie .

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

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


Dull Stories to Tell in the dark .

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

Glad he died, but took way too long.

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

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 2019 Pre-October Adrenaline Rush OF FEAR!!.

Scary Stories is more exciting than really scary.

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

Honestly, I really enjoyed 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).

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

Boring .