SCARY STORIES Doc Recounts the Horrifying Children’s Books

Born and raised in the 80s and 90s, I am more than familiar with Alvin Schwartz’s trilogy of creepy story compilations. His three volume collection of short horror tales gained notoriety in the years after their release, due to the inclusion of creepy black and white illustrations and the reactions of numerous parents and teachers nationwide. This documentary explores the books, their legend, and their legacy.

The film opens with horror punk musician Joe Whiteford discussing the books before playing his rendition of the classic horror rhyme, “The Hearse Song”. Setting the tone with Joe’s opening, the documentary talks to numerous people influenced by the books, Alvin Schwartz’s family, and even several people involved with banning the books in their local schools and libraries. Bigger names like RL Stine show up to discuss the books, while fans like you or I find their way on screen too. While the documentary is clearly limited in budget, it’s surely not in ambition or scope. The filmmakers and interviewees do a fine job showing the lasting effects of Schwartz’s classic books.

In the end, this is a perfect way to prep for the upcoming blockbuster horror anthology film based on the books that will be releasing later this year. The doc will be available on VOD starting May 7th and on DVD later this Summer. All fans of these books and horror aficionados should check this documentary out.

Justin has been running websites since his first Geocities site in 1994, but only did he ever start covering anything of substance years later. After he stopped regularly running local concerts in Northern NJ and the greater Philly area, he knew he needed to step up his writing game if he expected to continue to get free music to listen to. He writes regularly here and at Cinapse, as well as contributing to a few other sites on occasion. He likes music, film, the Philadelphia Eagles, the 76ers, talking about Criminal Justice, reading Intelligence Report, and his family... not in that order. His beautiful wife is far more talented than he is and his kids far more adorable... and crazy.
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