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Movie Review: Childhood nostalgia with “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark”

SALT LAKE CITY – For many whose childhood was during the late eighties and early nineties, “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” was the best book to read with your friends and family during Halloween or around a campfire.

The books which were written in the eighties and nineties, have bone chilling stories that are accompanied by some of the most haunting artwork ever to grace the covers and pages of Children’s literature.  

With such a mixture of nostalgia and fear, it is no wonder the film is doing well.  

On Fan Effect’s most recent podcast, Andy Farnsworth and his guest Matt Jacobson review the popular new horror flick comparing it with the books they loved as kids but they seem to have some mixed feelings about it. 


Reminiscing about the books, Farnsworth says, “My fourth-grade teacher even read them to our class and one of them scared a girl so bad that she burst into tears.”  

When talking about the movie Jacobson said that he really enjoyed the visuals, but the story left a lot to be desired.  

Regardless of anything that may not live up to childhood imagination, the film has a Rotten Tomatoes score of 81%. 

“Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” opened on August 9 and is still in theaters.