Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark Review

The Eerie Atmosphere Sparked by Horrific Tales That Taught


Max Evry


Nayely Espinoza-Perez, Co-Editor-in-Chief


   From 1981-1991, author Alvin Schwartz published a book series called “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark”. Several kids, teenagers, and even adults have been reading these series from generation to generation. The creepy, unique, and spine-chilling pictures that go along with the stories ultimately add to the eerie atmosphere created when reading the tales. The series of books sparked an admiration towards spooky stories and the ultimate love for thriller. Fortunately, on August 9, 2019,the series of books was made into a film. 

   The film features a magical and evil book that writes itself and tells stories that eventually becomes reality: it is a book that determines the lives of the victims in the film. 

   Some specific scenes that were based on written book series were: The Red Spot, Harold, Cemetery Soup, The Pale Woman, The Jangly Man, and The Guest. These tales stole the souls of the audience. The film was a welcome throwback that was intentionally made even more spooky than the stories told in the books.  

   Vivid scenes, like the Tangly Man coming from the chimney to hunt for the victims, were very detailed. The deformed-looking man had a cracked jawline, a mouth that had countless teeth, and a strong-built figure giving the impression that he was stronger than mankind. Additionally, the Pale Woman was very identical to the one drawn on the book series; she has a big figure, with pale skin, and a face that is creepy-looking. The Pale Woman tends to swallow people. Her deceiving look isn’t so convincing after all. 

   Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is an appetizer that the audience seems to be feeding off on, and they are happy about it.