A New Halloween Classic?
Those of you who have read a few of my posts by now, especially during Halloween , know that I LOVE horror movies. It is easily one of my favourite genres for its creativity, dark twists and because I love all things dark and gloomy. When I saw Scary Stories to tell in the Dark’s trailer and that Guillermo Del Toro was attached, I was instantly excited. The practical effects looked great and it looked like a darker version of Goosebumps.
Yesterday I saw the movie and can honestly say it is an instant Halloween classic. It is not perfect, there are a few flaws, but if I was a young teenager this would definitely become one of my favourite horror movies and even though I’m in my mid-20s I thoroughly enjoyed the film.
Every monster was very well designed, the practical effects were eerily creepy, some of the CGI was a bit pants, but the practical effects were awesome. My favourite monster was the pale lady in the red room, I thought she was a very creepy looking monster and would have probably had nightmares about her if I were younger. This being said, the kills were just not gruesome enough for me, the target audience seemed to be aimed towards mid-late teenagers with the horrific monster designs and some genuinely creepy moments, but the kills weren’t violent enough for those monsters. I think this is where the movie falters, they play the scares and monsters as though it is an R rated movie, but the kills were too soft for that, yet the scares are too scary for kids to watch.
The reason I think it is a classic though is the overall atmosphere of the movie, it feels like a Halloween movie, reminding me of a cross between Hocus Pocus, It and Goosebumps. This really should have been released during October. I really enjoyed that it was set in the 60s too, really differentiating it compared to other horror movies.
The kid actors were all great, acting like actual kids and they all looked like really nerdy. Although I did find that the bully was verging on being evil rather than just a bully.
The last act of the movie is really fun, with a very scary monster chasing them and a ton of tension leading to the end. Although this may not be one of the best horror movies ever, I know that I will rewatch this on Halloween among my other favourites such as Trick’R’Treat, Hocus Pocus, Halloween and other classics.
Thank you for reading, let me know what you thought! My final score is: