"The terrible story to tell in the dark": why you should see the new horror
Educational Program Cinema / / December 19, 2019
August 8 on the screens out the new horror film "Scary story to tell in the dark" - film adaptation of the eponymous children's book series by American writer Alvin Schwartz.
This is a story about four teenagers from a small town of Mill Valley sample 1968. On the eve of Halloween, they fall into an abandoned house, which is rumored to be haunted, and there are a folio with scary stories. As it turns out, all the stories in this book come true.
Name literary source speaks for itself: it is a collection of short horror stories, designed for young readers. Most of them are based on folklore or urban legends. And, of course, dedicated to all kinds of haunted houses, cemeteries, the dead and other traditional themes.
In the film adaptation of stories combined with one cross-cutting theme and came up with the main characters, who have to deal with the classic monsters and ghosts. This approach went stories only benefit.
1. For the case come from horror master
The famous director Guillermo del Toromany years had planned to move "Scary story to tell in the dark" on the screen: it is repeatedly mentioned that loves these books. But by the time of the shooting he was too busy with other projects, and therefore made only a screenwriter and producer.
For the post of the director found a decent candidate. Andre Ovredal, of course, is less well known, but the fans horror certainly remember his works such as "Trollhunter" and "demon within."
These two authors have managed to pull the maximum from the original source. Ovredal able to work with small budgets and create horror not only on the basis of some special effects and Screamer, namely pumping atmosphere. Therefore, even a banality as damn book, he looks not just children's horror stories, but really scary.
And to this is added the skill del Toro in the creation of visual range. Suffice it to recall his previous films like "Pan's Labyrinth", to understand: he is able to show all kinds of monsters are absolutely alive.
In his "Crimson peak" actors, who played the ghost first makes prosthetics, and then on top superimposed computer effects: usually use just one thing, but del Toro always trying to achieve maximum sensations.
In the "horror stories" of the film structure is based on a series of stories, allowed to show a completely different beasts. And all of them are really good that if someone does not scare or frighten terrible creatures from the hospital, then climbing out from under the skin spiders make sure to strain.
Plus, this all takes place in the most classic of horror locations: abandoned house, crazy house, the cornfield. This, too, whether the reference to the popular horror, or simply a tribute to the genre.
2. It's like a "very strange case", but with a bias in the horrors
The new film from the first frame reminds one of the main serial hits of recent years "Very strange things». The same small town, the same atmosphere of retro, but instead is the end of the eighties sixties with relevant references to cultural events: the war in Vietnam, Nixon's election for president and more more. Although, unfortunately, the references of the modern viewer is already less familiar, and even movie posters on the walls, few people will know immediately.
But fashion and surroundings will please most. In the film, the style of the sixties, maybe went a little unnatural. But it is precisely such it is already used to seeing on the screen: wide beautiful cars, curlers on women's heads, jackets football teams from bullies. All this creates the feeling that the authors have not released a new horror in 2019, and some painted and improved horror of the seventies.
And the story also corresponds to these sensations. Classic horror stories, resembling scenario old movieThey tied up with a few of the main characters that fall into the whirlpool of events.
In this case, the characters too, partly reminiscent of the types of the "very strange business." We presented here are somewhat different, but still very characteristic images of the genre: the ringleader in the company is girl Stella, help her "nerd" Auggie and witty Chuck reminiscent Dustin not only haircuts, but also defects speech. And they are joined by the mysterious Ramon, who came from out of town.
As usual, the children get into trouble, which he himself and will have to deal with. And interestingly, again similar to the "very strange things", a compilation of classic scenes creates an entirely new and quite interesting story, though with a strong bias nostalgia.
It is clear that the characters have to go through all the usual stages: to understand the past, to escape from the monsters and prove the reality of the threat to adults. But some hard turns and unconventional moves do not give bored, and keep in constant tension.
It's in the series do not have to worry about the main characters - they have a contract for several years to come. And in a separate film, anything can happen.
3. Young actors are excellent, but they remain children
And another plus here playing the main roles. The myth that most young actors play mediocre, even destroyed in the first film about Harry Potter. A "very strange case" and "It" only to consolidate confidence in the fact that his age can not make allowances: children are not inferior to adults.
The "terrible story to tell in the dark," the basic structure is also pleased, with most of the lead actors almost newcomers, familiar faces very little.
Adults also appear only on the sidelines. For hedging and attract the attention of the authors we took a couple of fairly well-known serial actors. But children often look even more convincing.
Assigned to them and all the main component of the drama, and action. But it is important that the entire loading of the plot, they are just kids: in the movie a lot teen jokes, and even shows a fun place bully Tommy.
And then the situation is discharged constant jokes Chuck or tediousness Auggie. There is even a love line, but it only slightly scheduled and does not go into unnecessary melodrama. The guys here do not solve any of life and social issues, only saved from the monsters.
"Scary stories for the story in the Dark" - a very simple but exciting horror for all ages. And he's not trying to enter the territory of the serious social statements, as it did in the "we", "solstice"Or even the new version of" It. " Perhaps it can be attributed connotations like "Children need to cope with their fears."
But, most likely, the authors would like to entertain the viewer just a little scare and his eternal horror stories about soup with limbs dead man, a haunted house and ozhivshem scarecrow. And they succeeded perfectly.
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