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.

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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.

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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.

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Thank you for reading, let me know what you thought! My final score is:

SCORE: 8/10

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