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Scary Stories (2019)

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This intriguing documentary will explore the history and background of one of the most controversial works of modern children's literature: Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. In the 1980s and 1990s in elementary libraries across the United States these books developed a growing interest from boys and girls who were taken in by the gothic tales, the whimsical tone, and the ghostly illustrations. Now the Scary Stories book series stands as the most challenged children's book of the last 30 years and a testament to the power of something that is often taken for granted: a good scary story.

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All Critics (12) | Top Critics (2)

Littered with garbled audio, facile arguments, and astoundingly poor production values, the film feels cheap, lazy, and opportunistic...

April 30, 2019 | Full Review…
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An informative and entertaining warm-up to the upcoming feature film adaptation.

April 25, 2019 | Full Review…

This adoring, enlightening, and engrossing look back at some of the most groundbreaking, frightening books in the history of children's literature is surprisingly full of heart.

August 31, 2021 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

An immensely fun and satisfying experience that will make you want to bury yourself into Schwartz's unique and inspired world.

September 21, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/4.0 | Full Review…

Fans of the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark series will delight in Cody Meirick's documentary ... because of how it takes the time to create context for the stories themselves.

July 26, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Less than the sum of its parts, it doesn't have enough of a distance from its subject to appeal to non-fans.

May 8, 2019 | Rating: 5/10 | Full Review…

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