I had the opportunity to go see Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark this past Monday. I walked in with low expectations seeing as the books were all random stories that had no relationship to each other, other than being scary. Honestly, I was pleasantly surprised with what they did with the story line. The visuals were just as scary as the book, the stories were almost exactly the same, and the main character was female (girl power)!
What I fond frustrating was how the main character acts like a victim and that nothing is her fault when, in fact, it is her fault. Also, it wasn't scary. I think it's because I've read the stories so many times and the story line pretty much followed the stories to the letter, but the images of the monsters were terrifying. There were a few scenes that I feel were done very well. For example, the R.E.D. Room scene was my absolute favorite scene.
The ending was also weird in that it was an obvious set up for a sequel, but the force driving this movie was defeated so it seemed like every thing in the movie was done. It didn't feel like there needed to be a sequel.
I know that franchises are a thing now, but one-off movies can be good, too. I know there are 5 books to work with, but come on! This movie was adequate for some walks down memory lane, but not for getting scared.
Over all, 3/5