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In addition to the trend of superhero genre films, in recent years the horror genre SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK

The success of the film Conjuring with its shared MCU-style universe which has spawned several sequels and spinoffs plus remakes of several horror films that had hits including Pet Sematary, from the film of the same name in the 80’s and IT, from the TV series in the 1990s also contributed to the success of Conjuring. boosted the increasing popularity of horror films. Another horror story from the children’s book of the same title Scary Stories to Tell in The Dark by Alvin Schwartz with illustrations by Stephen Gammell is adapted for the big screen. The book Scary Stories to Tell in The Dark consists of three books entitled Scary Stories to Tell in The Dark, More Scary Stories to Tell in The Dark,The horror stories in these books are brief but have a gripping and surprising effect in the delivery and conclusion of the fate of the protagonists. The rights to the book were purchased by CBS Films in 2013 before it was announced that Scary Stories to Tell in The Dark would be filmed in 2016.

The film was directed by André vredal (Troll Hunter, The Autopsy of Jane Doe) with Guillermo del Toro serving as producer of this film and helped write the story in this film. The film was released in Indonesian theaters on August 7, 2019, while in US theaters on August 9, 2019. The rights to the book were purchased by CBS Films in 2013 before it was announced that Scary Stories to Tell in The Dark would be filmed in 2016. The film was directed by André vredal (Troll Hunter, The Autopsy of Jane Doe) with Guillermo del Toro serving as producer of this film and helped write the story in this film. The film was released in Indonesian theaters on August 7, 2019, while in US theaters on August 9, 2019. The rights to the book were purchased by CBS Films in 2013 before it was announced that Scary Stories to Tell in The Dark would be filmed in 2016. The film was directed by André vredal (Troll Hunter, The Autopsy of Jane Doe) with Guillermo del Toro serving as producer of this film and helped write the story in this film. The film was released in Indonesian theaters on August 7, 2019, while in US theaters on August 9, 2019.

The film Scary Stories to Tell in The Dark is set in 1968 where at that time the US was holding an election with the strong candidate Richard Nixon and was also experiencing the Vietnam war (1955-1975). Stella Nicholls (Zoe Colleti) is a shy girl and lives isolated from her surroundings in the small town of Mill Valley. Stella’s mother left her and her family for no apparent reason since Stella was little causing Stella to grow up aloof. Auggie Hilderbrandt (Gabriel Rush) and Chuck Steinberg (Austin Zajur) are two of Stella’s most trusted friends, they always do activities together. Once upon a time in Mill Valley there was a scary story about the haunted Bellows House, where Sarah Bellows was often tortured and she wrote the stories of torture into a collection of scary stories.

On Halloween night, Stella, Auggie, and Chuck have a plan to prank Tommy Milner (Austin Abrams). Tommy is a bad boy who always bothers these three friends since childhood. Their plan initially went smoothly but later Tommy and his gang chased the three of them. When they are almost caught, they are helped by Ramon Morales (Michael Garza) to hide in his car in an open car cinema area (Drive-in Cinema). After successfully escaping and in return for helping them, Stella invites Ramon to come to the Bellows‘ house. The Bellows’ house has always been a favorite destination for Stella and her three friends for Halloween. While exploring the contents of the house, Ramon suddenly found a secret door leading to Sarah’s room. In the room, they find a book of horror stories written by Sarah. Without thinking Stella took the book and brought it home. After that Stella discovers the fact that the horror stories in the book are terrors come true, written by Sarah that befell all of her family and those who disturb her. Slowly a terrible fate befalls Tommy and also targets Stella, Auggie, Chuck, Ramon, and all who enter the Bellows’ house on Halloween night. Will Stella be able to stop the terror of the spooky story Sarah wrote in her book and save them all before it’s too late? Slowly a terrible fate befalls Tommy and also targets Stella, Auggie, Chuck, Ramon, and all who enter the Bellows’ house on Halloween night. Will Stella be able to stop the terror of the spooky story Sarah wrote in her book and save them all before it’s too late? Slowly a terrible fate befalls Tommy and also targets Stella, Auggie, Chuck, Ramon, and all who enter the Bellows’ house on Halloween night. Will Stella be able to stop the terror of the spooky story Sarah wrote in her book and save them all before it’s too late?

As an action horror film with a PG-13 rating, this film has a positive value because it prioritizes story narratives rather than jump scare formulas which are boring and predictable. Adapting the original story in the form of an anthology (separate stories that have a common thread in terms of setting, premise, or events) is certainly a challenge in itself, but Guillermo del Toro and André vredal managed to make the plot of the film Scary Stories interesting. The story, which is centered on the central character of children, is light and more entertaining, throughout the story we will be treated to the terror perpetrated by the monsters that appear in the spooky story book written by Sarah.

The adventures and cooperation of Stella and her friends in overcoming terror was quite successful in capturing the audience’s attention and making the audience curious about the conclusion of this film. The level of horror that is displayed through the monsters that appear tends to be ordinary and does not cause excessive horror effects because the main focus of this film is centered on the mystery of the Bellows family, especially Sarah Bellows and her scary story book. But unfortunately this Scary Stories film looks kicked off at the beginning and is a bit out of ammunition when it comes to the end of the film. This can be seen from the climactic scene between Stella and Sarah’s ghost, which seems rushed and not quite touching, as well as the closing scene which looks a bit forced to lead to a sequel. The level of horror that is displayed through the monsters that appear tends to be ordinary and does not cause excessive horror effects because the main focus of this film is centered on the mystery of the Bellows family, especially Sarah Bellows and her scary story book. But unfortunately this Scary Stories film looks kicked off at the beginning and is a bit out of ammunition when it comes to the end of the film.

This can be seen from the climactic scene between Stella and Sarah’s ghost, which seems rushed and not quite touching, as well as the closing scene which looks a bit forced to lead to a sequel. The level of horror that is displayed through the monsters that appear tends to be ordinary and does not cause excessive horror effects because the main focus of this film is centered on the mystery of the Bellows family, especially Sarah Bellows and her scary story book. But unfortunately this Scary Stories film looks kicked off at the beginning and is a bit out of ammunition when it comes to the end of the film. This can be seen from the climactic scene between Stella and Sarah’s ghost, which seems rushed and not quite touching, as well as the closing scene which looks a bit forced to lead to a sequel. But unfortunately this Scary Stories film looks kicked off at the beginning and is a bit out of ammunition when it comes to the end of the film. This can be seen from the climactic scene between Stella and Sarah’s ghost, which seems rushed and not quite touching, as well as the closing scene which looks a bit forced to lead to a sequel. But unfortunately this Scary Stories film looks kicked off at the beginning and is a bit out of ammunition when it comes to the end of the film. This can be seen from the climactic scene between Stella and Sarah’s ghost, which seems rushed and not quite touching, as well as the closing scene which looks a bit forced to lead to a sequel.

Although using a cast that is not well known, the cast, which consists of children who are classified as pre-teens, tend to perform well. The thing that stands out and is felt in this film is the atmosphere of friendship between the cast of children and their interactions in facing terror after terror from horror story books. Zoe Colletti (Annie, Wildlife, Skin) as the protagonist of this film is quite shining and is able to display a child character who is aloof but has courage and great curiosity because he is driven by his desire to be a horror story writer. However, the other supporting characters played by Gabriel Rush (Auggie) and Austin Zajur (Chuck) feel less than optimal, even including Michael Garza as Ramon who should be a partner for Stella who can make the dynamics of this story more interesting. This supporting character is a fairly essential element that actually has the potential to bind the audience more to the story of this film, but this supporting character is not explored both in terms of background and its relationship with Stella. This situation makes when the monsters that appear from scary story books chase and are ready to inflict bad luck on them, the audience feels flat because the level of closeness that is built has not yet reached the level of being emotionally connected. Sarah Bellows who appears as the antagonist ghost character of this film also tends to be bland and not intimidating as the image told from the beginning of the film.

Guillermo del Toro uses a creative approach by borrowing the idea of ​​a book that can read a person’s personality from one of his works, namely Pan’s Labyrinth to knit the story in the film Scary Stories because he avoids the form of anthology stories in this film. Coupled with the mystery and twist typical of slasher films where the victims are killed one by one by the antagonist character, the result is a fairly fresh adaptation. The form of a supernatural creature in the form of a monster is Del Toro’s signature which is very obvious in this film. Director André vredal who is experienced in creating suspense effects as he did in The Autopsy of Jane Doe is quite skilled in creating suspense and determining the optimal timing for the audience. Detailed posters and horror memorabilia in Zoe’s room including the screening highlights of Night of The Living Dead are examples of set designs that make this film even more rich and alive.

Del Toro and Andre also succeeded in incorporating the characteristics of classic 80’s horror films with all the attributes of that era so that the audience will feel the nostalgia. When watching, it is not impossible that the audience will feel the influence of the IT film and the Stranger Things series also contribute to the atmosphere in this film. Because indeed these two titles are very successful in reviving retro things in the past in this millennial era. Del Toro and Andre also succeeded in incorporating the characteristics of classic 80’s horror films with all the attributes of that era so that the audience will feel the nostalgia. When watching, it is not impossible that the audience will feel the influence of the IT film and the Stranger Things series also contribute to the atmosphere in this film. Because indeed these two titles are very successful in reviving retro things in the past in this millennial era. Del Toro and Andre also succeeded in incorporating the characteristics of classic 80’s horror films with all the attributes of that era so that the audience will feel the nostalgia. When watching, it is not impossible that the audience will feel the influence of the IT film and the Stranger Things series also contribute to the atmosphere in this film. Because indeed these two titles are very successful in reviving retro things in the past in this millennial era.

The core story of the film Scary Stories is about stories that affect, stories that are told continuously have an impact on life that can be positive or negative. Telling a story has the power to heal or hurt, it is generally in the form of issues, rumors, and gossip that we often encounter everyday. Just like the story of Sarah Bellows which is a manifestation of the bad treatment and negative stigma she received, the US also carried out propaganda ‘story’ lies that the Vietnam war was a heroic proof of their victory against the cruelty of the Vietnamese army when in reality it was not. Scary stories also try to present the issue of racism against Ramon, who is an immigrant, in that era, racism against people of color, especially blacks, was massive. This is also an example of the dark story of the US whose effects are still being felt in modern times even though it is much better now. The imposing moral message of a horror film that is spoken through the narration that Stella reads at the beginning and end of this film is about the power of the story as well as a reflection that memorable horror stories are the most memorable and able to shape our subconscious mind patterns like classic horror stories of the era. 80-90 which we rarely encounter in this modern era.