Natalie Ganzhorn in a scene from "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark."
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"Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark" is a likable Frankenstein of a movie that stitches together tales from the cultishly beloved 1980s book series by Alvin Schwartz and illustrated by Stephen Gammell.It uses Schwartz's stories and Gammell's pictures imaginatively, blending them into one narrative propelled by a found book, penned in blood, that writes the film's teenage characters into the horrors conjured into the horror fables (including "Harold," ''The Big Toe" and "The Red Spot").By weaving together the supernatural creations of Schwartz and Gammell, Ovredal's film blunts their effect, rendering them more like tropes within a familiar horror-movie context.Ovredal's PG-13 film tries to straddle a similar line and mostly does so, falling somewhere in between Amblin and Blumhouse.
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