Starring: Zoe Colletti, Michael Garza, Austin Abrams, Gabriel Rush, Austin Zajur, Natalie Ganzhorn, Dean Norris, Gil Bellows, Lorraine Toussaint, Javier Botet, Doug Jones
Horror directed by André Øvredal from a story by Guillermo del Toro. The movie follows a group of young teens who face their fears in order to solve the mystery that involves a series of horrific deaths in their small hometown.
Here is the official plot from CBS Films and Lionsgate:
“It’s 1968 in America. Change is blowing in the wind, but seemingly far removed from the unrest in the cities is the small town of Mill Valley where for generations, the shadow of the Bellows family has loomed large. It is in their mansion on the edge of town that Sarah, a young girl with horrible secrets, turned her tortured life into a series of scary stories, written in a book that has transcended time-stories that have a way of becoming all too real for a group of teenagers who discover Sarah’s terrifying tome.”
Stella Nicholls: [voice over] Some people believe if we repeat stories often enough they become real. They make us who we are. That can be scary.
Stella Nicholls: [to Ramon] Do you want to see a haunted house?
Chuck Steinberg: Some kids went missing, so they boarded it up.
[referring to the house]
Auggie Hilderbrandt: Okay, we saw it. Can we go now?
Chuck Steinberg: Who ordered the chicken?
Chuck Steinberg: What’s that?
Stella Nicholls: It’s a book of scary stories.
Sarah Bellows: [voice over] This town has told stories about me, horrible stories. But they don’t realize, I have scary stories of my own.
[opens a book in which the inscription quotes, “This book belongs to Sarah Bellows”]
Stella Nicholls: Sarah Bellows, tell me a story.
[referring to the police officers]
Stella Nicholls: Hey, what’s going on?
Man: Tommy’s missing.
Stella Nicholls: Tommy’s name was in the book.
Stella Nicholls: There’s no way it’s actually connected, right?
Stella Nicholls: Okay, what if what happens in the book is exactly what’s happened for real?
[after seeing’s Auggie’s name in the book; using the walkie-talkie]
Stella Nicholls: Auggie?
Auggie Hilderbrandt: Stella.
Stella Nicholls: Listen, you’re in the next story. We’re reading it right here.
Ramón Morales: It’s a corpse looking for her missing toe.
Stella Nicholls: We’ve got to stop it!
Stella Nicholls: I’m afraid that we woke something up.
Chuck Steinberg: [to Stella] We’re next. We’re next.
Lou Lou: You shouldn’t have taken the book.
Chief Turner: [to Stella] Sarah Bellows’s book. The stories write themselves, and it all comes alive.
Stella Nicholls: [crying] I’m afraid I’m going to die, dad.
Ramón Morales: The Jangly Man is coming.
Stella Nicholls: You don’t read the book, the book reads you.
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