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Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019)

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On Halloween 1968, reclusive Stella and her two friends meet a mysterious drifter, Ramón, and uncover a sinister notebook of stories.

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André Øvredal

Writers:

Dan Hageman (screenplay by), Kevin Hageman (screenplay by) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Zoe Margaret Colletti ... Stella Nicholls (as Zoe Colletti)
Michael Garza ... Ramón Morales
Gabriel Rush ... Auggie Hilderbrandt
Austin Abrams ... Tommy Milner
Dean Norris ... Roy Nicholls
Gil Bellows ... Chief Turner
Austin Zajur ... Chuck Steinberg
Natalie Ganzhorn ... Ruth Steinberg
Lorraine Toussaint ... Lou Lou
Kathleen Pollard ... Sarah Bellows
Deborah Pollitt Deborah Pollitt ... Mrs. Steinberg
Victoria Fodor Victoria Fodor ... Mrs. Milner
Marie Ward ... Mrs. Hilderbrandt
Mark Steger ... Harold the Scarecrow / Pale Lady
Javier Botet ... Big Toe Corpse
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Storyline

It's 1968 in America. Change is blowing in the wind...but seemingly far removed from the unrest in the cities is the small town of Mill Valley where for generations, the shadow of the Bellows family has loomed large. 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. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Based on the iconic book series.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for terror/violence, disturbing images, thematic elements, language including racial epithets, and brief sexual references. | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 August 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,915,346, 11 August 2019

Gross USA:

$68,947,075

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$104,545,505
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The house used for the "Bellows house" is a mansion located in a small town called "Petrolia" in southern Ontario Canada. See more »

Goofs

When Stella and the others are at the drive-in movie, she is leaning on the car crying, and starts removing her fake witch warts. Two or three are left on her face, but when Stella turns her head to look at the others in the car, all warts have disappeared. See more »

Quotes

Lou Lou's daughter: [turns off the TV] Tricky Dicky, no name for a president.
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Connections

References Indestructible Man (1956) See more »

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It's Forgettable
1 October 2019 | by mistakenlymade1See all my reviews

The movie has it's scares, the plot is a bit messy at some point's. After the movie, when I went to try and make conversation about it, I forgot what I had just watched. The movie is good if you're looking for some really corny popcorn flick, and maybe have a few laughs. I was just disappointed, I guess I had expected too much from a film that at the time I didn't realize was PG-13, it was a Guillermo Del Toro film. The same director who had directed Shape of Water (2017) which had won several nominations. Hellboy (2004), Pan's Labyrinth (2006), Hellboy: The Golden Army (2008), and Pacific Rim (2013) So many great movies from such an amazingly unique director! Even though I was disappointed for how easily forgettable the movie could be, it had very little CGI, only 10% of CGI was used for the monster's while the majority 90% was practical effects, so good job for the special effects team. That's the only compliment I can really give this film.


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