scary stories to tell in the dark review

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is a title a simple as it is effective — it warns of the unknown lurking in the dark while crooking a finger to invite you in. “Listen, at your own risk,” Alvin Schwartz‘s collection of scary stories for children seems to say, welcoming only the most daring of thrill-seekers. But more than just a mere compilation of scary campfire stories, Schwartz’s three-book collection of urban myths and legends has transcended the oral histories of its stories to become a cultural giant in its own right. Stephen Gammell’s drawings grotesque and ghostly illustrations helped cement the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark books, published between 1981 and 1991, as staples of many a horror lover’s childhood.

André Øvredal‘s feature film adaptation of Schwartz’s beloved children’s books is heavily inspired by the Gammell’s macabre drawings, so unnervingly so that one could mistake this as a horror film for a much older audience. But Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is very much geared toward a younger audience, one that will surely embrace the film as a classic for a new generation of horror lovers. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark effectively captures the primal horror of campfire stories while doing justice by Schwartz’s creepy designs in a marriage of old-fashioned practical thrills and sleek modern effects.

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Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark Featurette

Even though Halloween is still over two months away, it’s never to early to get a jump start on some terror. This weekend brings the release of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, the adaptation of the popular collection of spooky tales written by by Alvin Schwartz and memorably illustrated by Stephen Gammell. The book’s legacy sets the bar high for a film adaptation, but a new Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark featurette and TV spot from the movie show us how the famed illustrations from the book are being brought to life. Read More »

John Wick 3 Home Video Release Date

If you didn’t catch John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum in theaters this summer, you unfortunately missed out on one of the most satisfying theatrical experiences of the year. Thankfully, you’ll be able to somewhat rectify that issue when the action sequel comes home.

John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum will arrive on digital download in August, but if you’d rather wait for a physical copy on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, or DVD, then you’ll have to wait until September. But no matter what, you’ll be more than happy with the extensive list of special features that go behind the scenes of the making of this electrifying action flick. Read More »

angel of mine trailer

Parental grief can take many forms, but for Noomi Rapace’s Lizzie in Angel of Mine, it takes the form of deranged stalking and kidnapping. The domestic thriller stars the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo actress as a grieving mother who becomes obsessed with another woman’s daughter after she comes to believe that the girl is her own dead daughter. Watch the Angel of Mine trailer below.

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New Damien Chazelle Movie

Director Damien Chazelle didn’t get nearly as much acclaim as he deserved for last year’s biographical historical drama First Man. The chronicle of Neil Armstrong’s walk on the moon and the key moments that led to it was much more than your average account of NASA’s exploits in the space race, but the film only garnered a few technical award nominations at the Oscars. But this is Hollywood, and Chazelle will likely have another chance at Oscar gold with his next project.

After drumming up praise with films like Whiplash and bringing classic musical flair with La La Land, Damien Chazelle is shopping a new project called Babylon around Hollywood. If Chazelle by himself isn’t enough to excite you, maybe a reunion with Oscar nominee Emma Stone will help sweeten the deal.  Read More »

lionsgate entertainment centers

Drop your dreams of riding a John Wick-themed shooting ride or flying in a Hunger Games simulator attraction: the ambitious Lionsgate entertainment center that was set to open in New York City’s Time Square has been scrapped.

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Knives Out Trailer

Rian Johnson built his early career as a genre-hopping filmmaker with his keen ability to craft memorable, meaningful movies, and after his first visit to a galaxy far, far away with Star Wars: The Last Jedi, he’s jumping to yet another genre. While he tackled a murder mystery in his debut feature Brick, his newest film, Knives Out, is an Agatha Christie-style whodunnit with a detective (Daniel Craig) investigating a family-centric murder mystery – and Craig is far from the only mega-star in this spectacular cast. Check out the first trailer below.
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Hellboy

The Hellboy reboot arrived in theaters in April, and it was gone in a flash. The R-rated reboot of the Dark Horse comics hero starring David Harbour pulled in $21.9 million at the box office, less than half of the $50 million it cost to make the movie. Based on that, pretty much no one thought a sequel would be following. But just to be sure, someone asked David Harbour to confirm as much. It should come as no surprise that Harbour doesn’t really see that coming together anytime soon, if at all. Read More »

The Hunger Games prequel movie

Are you ready to return to Panem? The Hunger Games author Suzanne Collins is, and she’s going to publish a new prequel novel next year which ventures back to her dystopian sci-fi world. And you know what that means: Lionsgate is laying in wait, ready to adapt it into another hopeful hit movie.

It’s been four years since The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 hit theaters and Katniss Everdeen’s revolution brought the Capitol to its knees, but this new story will take place decades before Katniss’s story begins.
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Escape Plan 3 Trailer

Sylvester Stallone has found a certain amount of success reviving the Rocky franchise with Michael B. Jordan as the new leading man, Adonis Creed. But he still can’t help but make some crummy action movies on the side. Case in point: there’s an Escape Plan 3 on the way this summer, and just like Escape Plan 2: Hades, this one isn’t even bothering to play in theaters.

Following a path similar to the second film, Escape Plane: The Extractors finds Ray Breslin (Stallone) breaking into a prison to rescue to rescue the kidnapped daughter of a Hong Kong tech mogul from a formidable Latvian prison. Oh, and it just so happens that his girlfriend (Jaime King) has been kidnapped too. And there’s some good old-fashioned revenge behind the plot this time. Watch the Escape Plan 3 trailer below. Read More »