Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019)

I really liked this film’s approach to the horror anthology format. The simple conceit of the haunted book ties the stories together efficiently and the way it’s structured as an ever escalating series of spooky episodes happening to the same handful of characters avoids the stop/start lull which plagues most movie anthologies. This is probably my favourite horror anthology since Trick ‘r Treat, at least as far as American movies are concerned. It also has incredible October/Autumnal/Halloween vibes that were no doubt lost or diluted on the audiences who saw this in August. The period production design and monster designs are also stellar. Maybe going into this with low expectations helped but I was pretty blindsided by how much of this really worked for me.

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