‘Scary Stories’ stays true to original with some new spooks

Teen rating does not take away from scares with adaptation of popular anthology series

ROOS HELGESEN, Evergreen columnist

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Those monsters will haunt me for the rest of my life.
“Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” is a movie based on the classic book series of the same name. What really sets the series apart from other horror novels is the horrific illustrations by Stephen Gammell.
The movie did a great job staying true to those already horrible illustrations and bringing them to life.
The movie is centered around a group of friends that decide to break into a house and ends up stealing a mysterious book. Once taken out of the building, the book begins to kill people if their names are in it. They find that one of their friends is one of these names and they embark on a frightful adventure quest to keep him safe.
Although it is based on the book series, it has a spinoff feel to it.
It shows some originality while staying true to the source material.
That is what separates good movies from great movies. This one is a perfect getaway horror movie.
If you are young or hate horror movies like I do, this is a perfect way to dip your toe in the horror genre and see if you like it.
That means a lot from me considering I am scared by even the most basic horror movies.
The worst part of this movie is the suspense.
It just builds and builds and builds and scares the crap out of you.
The ending could have been a little more rewarding.
In general, this is just your classic, run from the monsters and hope you don’t die movie.
There is nothing wrong with that but it gets kind of bland after a while.
Even though this is a PG-13 movie I would still recommend going and having a look.
You won’t regret it.
“Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” will be showing at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Sunday in the CUB Auditorium.