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A 666-Character Review of ‘Scary Stories’

This documentary on everyone’s favorite children’s books illuminates the history of the anthologies. We are let into the life of the author, Alvin Schwartz, by his son; his non-horror background and love of folk tales is intriguing and paints the Scary Stories books in a more academic light. A portion of the doc is spent exploring the illusive illustrator Stephen Gammell, and rightfully so–his art has left just as much of an impression. The largest arc of the doc, however, looks at the history of attempts at banning these books. While the transitions between all of these pieces are well done (including the visual representation of the librarian talking with the superintendent), it includes unnecessary (and awkwardly staged) interviews. More focus & depth would do this doc some good.

Editor's Rating

Maggie Iken

Maggie Iken

Associate Editor
Maggie is a freelance writer and musician who enjoys Friday the 13th, cooking shows (but not cooking), and early 2000s pop punk. She cheers for the Milwaukee Bucks, Green Bay Packers, and campy slasher kills. Her beautiful senior rescue dog, Josie, keeps her sane.

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