Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark ★★★

Part of Schlocktober 2019

Promised me with all the troupes I expect for a good Schlocktober screening — based on some highly popular books for teens in the 80's, Del Toro producing, a Halloween vibe, and a pretty creepy trailer. So the first 30 mins are solid, builds up the sense of atmosphere, the characters well enough. Then it delves into some pretty big lulls, a fairly uninteresting finale and sad James. That said, for a clearly young teen audience, this does deliver some chills and to be honest, there aren't many films good at catering for that age bracket in this genre. Regardless, this one had promise but it just didn't follow through.