What is it about scary stories that makes them so enamouring? The idea of ghostly hauntings continues to thrill all ages even to this day and it does in a variety of mediums; but happens when scary stories come to life? That is the concept that manifests itself in the new horror film Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. Directed by Andre Ovredal Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is based on the book series by Alvin Schwartz. Along with being an adaptation, this film featured the contribution of acclaimed filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro who produced the movie and helped with the story. Needless to say it never hurts to have Del Toro attach to a project such as this one. The preview for this film looked promising as the twisted imagery was enough to peak my interest. So, while it took me a bit to see it, I had a chance to endure this new horror film and although it did not frighten me out of my seat, I must say Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark was still an engaging ghost story.
Over the years there have been many movie to define the horror genre, but none may be more prevalent than the likes of Halloween. One of the pioneers of the slasher sub genre Halloween took the world by storm when it debuted in 1978. Since then the gruesome tales of Michael Myers has been told time and again whether it was the killer’s return in Halloween: H20 or a complete retelling in Rob Zombie’s Halloween. The latest entry is indeed the latter as creeping its way to theaters is none other than Halloween. Directed by by David Gordon Green Halloween disregards the franchise’s tenure and creates a new story that continues the events of the 1978 film. While it was strange to see the filmmakers go in this direction the prospect of this entry was interesting as it could bring a refreshing take to series; not to mention recapture the essence of the original film. The end result was a sequel that was, to some extent, worthy to the name Halloween.