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Scary Stories (2019)

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A documentary about children's horror classic Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. It includes the author's family, scholars, folklorists, artists, and children's book authors such as R.L. Stine, Q.L. Pearce, and more.

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Credited cast:
Amelia Cotter ... Herself - Author / Interviewee
Bruce Coville Bruce Coville ... Himself
Debbie Dadey Debbie Dadey ... Herself
Tracey Dils Tracey Dils ... Herself
Betsy Johnson Betsy Johnson ... Herself
Chris Larsen Chris Larsen ... Himself
Q.L. Pearce Q.L. Pearce ... Herself
Alvin Schwartz ... Himself (archive footage)
Barbara Schwartz Barbara Schwartz ... Herself
Daniel Schwartz Daniel Schwartz ... Himself
Peter Schwartz Peter Schwartz ... Himself
Adam Selzer Adam Selzer ... Himself
R.L. Stine ... Himself
Maria Tatar Maria Tatar ... Herself
Sandy Vrabel Sandy Vrabel ... Herself
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Explore the history of one of the most controversial works of modern children's literature: The best selling teen classic Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, which scared a generation of young readers and became one of the most banned books of modern times. Scary Stories creates both the ultimate celebration and dissertation of this iconic piece of horror literature. Scary Stories features more than 40 interviews, from family members of author Alvin Schwartz, to fellow children's book horror authors like R.L Stine "Goosebumps" and Q.L. Pearce, to folklorists, artists and fans discussing the impact that the books have had on both themselves as well as the culture at large. The documentary also explores the various times in which the books were banned or targeted by parent and religious groups as 'satanic' or otherwise too macabre for its targeted teen scholastic audience. Written by Wild Eye Releasing

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7 May 2019 (USA) See more »

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R.L. Stine: Part of Alvin Schwartz's brilliance was that he took all these old folk legends and made them readable for kids. And I think that's his particular genius.
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Extremely Well Done
23 May 2019 | by JasonMcFigginsSee all my reviews

Comprised of several interviews (including R.L. Stine), old news footage, and archived audio interviews of the late author Alvin Schwartz, Scary Stories is a wonderful, nostalgic, and immersive telling of the storied history of the classic children books. Loaded with interesting facts and information, it's fun watching former teachers and librarians or kids at the time look back discussing the book and actually look at them again for the first time. Part of the fun brilliance of the documentary is the illustrated recreated scenes drawn in the style of the famed artwork in the books as people tell their stories and memories of the books. Another thing the film does very well is explore and explain the subtle genius behind the seemingly simplistic writing style. It looks at the historical and cultural significance of several stories and the lessons they teach and the cultural and regional context in which they are told. There is a very compelling segment in the film showing footage from the time of parents and people making the case to ban a book. It's fascinating to watch and the topic is thoroughly explored and given proper time to look at both sides of the argument. Scary Stories is extremely well done and I would definitely recommend it to anybody, but it is especially recommended to anyone with fond memories of the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark books.


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