Scary Stories

2018

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Reviewed by BandSAboutMovies 7 / 10 / 10

Scary Stories...

Scary Stories is a documentary about the controversial Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark books written between 1981 and 1991. It focuses on the attempts to remove them from school libraries, the impact that they had on future writers, visual artists, and musicians, and Alvin Schwartz's legacy including his son. The Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark books were a huge part of some people's childhoods. I remember seeing them in my school library and I read a few stories but they were nothing more than a morbid curiosity to me. This documentary explores in depth the controversy that the illustrations in the books caused. Parents thought the books were too graphic for children and attempted to remove them from schools. It also is full of interviews with horror writers, artists, and musicians who were hugely influenced by the books. The film includes segments with Alvin's son who talks about his father and the relationship they had. I enjoyed this documentary as I learned a lot about these books of folklore that Alvin threw himself so completely into. If the books played a part in your life and your love for horror you owe it yourself to give this a watch. Even if you only vaguely remember the covers of the books you should check it out. NOTE: After a limited theatrical release - which includes Los Angeles, New Orleans, Columbus, and Texas - Scary Stories will be available on VOD May 7 with a DVD release set for July 16. A feature film adaptation of the books, produced by horror icon Guillermo del Toro, is due in theaters this summer.

Reviewed by SportingGent 8 / 10 / 10

Dozens of diversions really hurt this

It's a rare feat that a director completes a documentary that is well-photographed, has a solid soundtrack, and good audio. Despite these solid features, and some highlights, this film is flawed, and unnecessarily so. Some two thirds of this film contain solid interviews with contributors to the book, some reputable scholars, and Schwartz's son and wife. Glimpses of the man, a truly prolific writer, and his seemingly troubled family, are moving, insightful, and a joy to watch. Some of the scholars offer powerful considerations of the thematic content of Schwartz's memorable stories, and Gammell's incredible art. This is fantastic, and make the film worth watching. Meanwhile, the controversy surrounding the book looms around the corners of the film, which the documentary comes to rest on more solidly in the end. This controversy section is boring, and more window-dressing. Like other books in history, the books themselves will persist beyond their controversies, and live and die on their own merits. Why do I care about what a PTA mother was thinking about a book in the 80s? I care about the books themselves. People saying "books are important" and "sometimes people try to make them go away" and "X politically infused books are now under attack," misses the mark, and present an unnecessary diversion to some otherwise solid content. I want to know about the core of the Schwartz phenomenon- the books and their profound, masterful, chilling, and memorable content. I want to know about Schwartz the person, the author, the magician. I want a true masterful art historian to discuss Gammell's work. It's a bit of a chore to wade through the other third of the film: It is front-loaded with fan interviews; a pat, badly-acted recreation and retellings; and lesser known artists talking about how cool Scary Stories are. Case in point: the film opens with a musician you've never heard of. The first four minutes of the film is dedicated to his singing a song inspired by Schwartz. Later, five minutes are dedicated to a wedding photographer recreating Schwartz's work. Schwartz' grandson--who comes across as charismatic and intelligent--leafs through Schwartz's work. This young man never knew Schwartz personally, nor does he seem to have any credential beyond being a removed relative. An interesting, though again not especially important five minutes, focuses on a sculptor reproducing Gammell's iconic Scary Stories cover. But why? It seems these smatterings (of which there are too many) are some attempt to link Schwartz's work to those artists alive, creating, and influenced today. But these artists (save perhaps R.L. Stine, who barely talks about the titular stories) are not monoliths. And these scenes are tiresome and overlong for an 80 minute documentary, while revelations about the works themselves are touched upon in a limited way. The final scene, a staged moment between two interesting people, is exemplary of my point. For such a momentous, impactful set of books, we find ourselves seeing Schwartz's son defending the rights of children to read Scary Stories. While it's lovely to see a son standing up for his father, in my mind the film again misses such fertile material: the works themselves.

Reviewed by Mack Lambert 8 / 10 / 10

A solid tribute and a nice primer for the upcoming film!

Like many I grew up with these stories. The collection of folklore by Schwartz were a bizarre assortment that played to my morbid sense of humor. The illustrations by Stephen Gammell were a ripe slice of insanity. The documentary is a mix of the controversy surrounding the books, the private lives of Gammell and Schwartz, and a tribute to both men and the influence they had over generations of academics and artists. With the upcoming film, this doc is a nice prep for what producer Guillermo Del Toro will unleash in a matter of weeks.

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