Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark ★★

There are few properties that are to me as critically impervious as the Alvin Schwartz anthology on which this is based, which so captivated me as a kid that I can discretely recall many of the passages that alarmed me many years ago. And this is to say nothing of the illustrations, many of which look like they were done hastily, as though the artist was crudely rendering the image of the thing haunting him as he was at that very moment being haunted by it. The conceit of these stories is in how acutely the art conveys their sense of gathering unease. To an adolescent mind they were remarkable, peerless introductions to the horror genre.

The film adaptation is more a variety brand Stranger Things.

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