Scary Stories To Tell in the Dark - Project

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    Cool! I remember those! Old school :D The art was really great too. It would be a cool animated series in that same style.
     
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    Super Bowl TV spots have hit the net:



    In theaters August 9th.

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    Teaser trailer:

     
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    Those creatures look legitimately frightening. Hope the script does 'em justice.
     
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    I went to see Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark today and thought it was pretty solid! Maybe one of the more gruesome kid-friendly horror films I've seen, in fact I'm a little surprised they got away with the PG-13 rating.

    The first half is GREAT! Most likely even the best Halloween-centric horror we'll get this year. August might be premature for a Halloween offering, but I ain't complaining. The plot is similar to the Goosebumps movie, but instead of being condescending kid's fare, this is more filtered through something like Lady In White or Sometimes They Come Back. For the first half in particular, I'd even say Trick 'r Treat. So much fun!

    As for the second half, it loses some of the steam and charm, but it's still fairly good. They dive so heavy into the plot that they lose a lot of the fun character stuff that the first half had. It also goes on longer than it needs to, but for the most part I thought they did a really great job with this.

    Highly recommended! I wonder if the premature release date is to get it on disc before Halloween? This is definitely one of those midwestern autumn horror films I'll be revisiting for many Octobers to come.
     
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    I didn't care for this one. Found it rather boring. The idea was fine and the effects were good but it just seemed like something was missing.

    As for the rating I didn't think it was anything beyond it's PG-13 territory. There were some kills but they were basically bloodless. I enjoyed some of the creatures and the spider scene was done well. You could do worse but I found Crawl to be much more horrific.
     
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    Crawl is an R-rated movie, so it should be more horrific.

    As a horror movie for kids based on a children's novel (albeit an incredibly macabre children's novel), I definitely thought they took it pretty far. Which was refreshing, because lots of kids horror fare these days are too sheepish to attempt a scare or be grotesque (the Goosebumps movies, House With A Clock In It's Walls, Creeped Out, The Haunting Hour, etc). I appreciated that it didn't dumb itself down for kids, and even by regular standards I thought it got pretty gross. Especially "The Big Toe" segment. It reminded me of the family fare of the '80s and '90s that wasn't afraid to push it's rating a little bit.
     
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    I enjoyed it but I guess because of the title I was expecting an anthology. I liked that they spent time developing the characters and setting up the story although the lack of resolution for some of the characters was frustrating. And the period setting never felt very authentic. If not for the frequent references to 1968 it could have been the 50s, the 70s, or the 80s.

    And I had a very hard time believing young teens would be able to quote Night of the Living Dead as if having seen it multiple times when, in the film's timeline, it had only been in release for less than a month.

    The ending felt like they were setting up a weekly TV series. Since it's from CBS Films is there a chance they plan to spin it off to a network or CBS All-Access series?
     
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    I just saw this last night. It was quite enjoyable. The worst thing about it really is that that's all I really have to say. Everything was just pretty well done. Characters were enjoyable and unique enough to be interesting. The creature design was impressive enough. The plot was serviceable. It was just a nice, well-crafted little bit of scary storytelling. Nothing special. But certainly nothing terrible.

    The one note I have is that Del Toro definitely remains one of the best directors/producers for working with young actors and creating really good young characters. It's one of the areas where he really excels that just doesn't seem to get enough attention.
     
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