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** The film is also the closest we'd get to a Monster Squad remake, with the film set in the 1950's.


* SugarWiki/CrowningMomentOfAwesome: Chuck tries to save his sister from the spiders [[spoiler: and succeads making him the only character to defeat a supernatural manifestation without having to talk them into a HeelFaceTurn.]]

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* SugarWiki/CrowningMomentOfAwesome: Chuck tries to save his sister from the spiders [[spoiler: and succeads succeeds making him the only character to defeat a supernatural manifestation without having to talk them into a HeelFaceTurn.]]



* FridgeLogic: Stella, Ramon, and Chuck are found breaking into the backrooms of a hospital, with people they know having mysterious gone missing in the past few days (at the time of the arrest, [[spoiler:now including Chuck]], and one of whom had been known to antagonize them), another person they know having been wounded and committed to a mental institution, and with a book in their possession that's filled with stories of those same people being terrorized and killed. They get locked overnight in a jail cell, [[spoiler:only for an officer to be killed, his body left in front of their jail cells, Stella and Ramon escaped, and Ramon having stolen and crashed a police car to boot. Despite how ''obscenely suspicious'' this would look to the police the next day, the film ends without even trying to address how they dodged the charges, with Ramon going into the military and Stella free to publish stories and go road-tripping with her dad and Ruth.]]



* {{Narm}}: Zoe Colletti's "You don't read the book. The book reads you." line brings RussianReversal to mind and overall sounds like a line specifically written to be put into a trailer. Although in the movie, ItMakesSenseInContext, but doesn't sound any less silly.

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* {{Narm}}: Zoe Colletti's Stella's "You don't read the book. The book reads you." line brings RussianReversal to mind and overall sounds like a line specifically written to be put into a trailer. Although in the movie, ItMakesSenseInContext, but doesn't sound any less silly.



** The prank the protagonists play on Tommy involves [[spoiler:Chuck's shit, which he fishes out of a toilet on-screen.]]
*** In addition, Chuck reveals that in high school Tommy [[spoiler:''farted in his milk carton and made him drink it.'']]

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** The prank the protagonists play on Tommy involves [[spoiler:Chuck's Chuck's shit, which he fishes out of a toilet on-screen.]]
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*** In addition, Chuck reveals that in high school Tommy [[spoiler:''farted ''farted in his milk carton and made him drink it.'']]''



** The scene where Ruth's boil explodes and countless baby spiders crawl out of it is shown in full detail.

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** The scene where Ruth's [[spoiler:Ruth's boil explodes and countless baby spiders crawl out of it it]] is shown in full detail.



* TearJerker: [[spoiler:Stella calling her dad in the police station. She's in tears, and tries to explain that, if she vanishes in the near future, she didn't abandon him like her mother did. Her father tries to soothe her, assuring her it wasn't her fault her mother left, but Stella's so distressed that all she can do is sob -- and soon, he's crying, too, begging her to tell him what's wrong.]]

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* TearJerker: [[spoiler:Stella calling TearJerker:
** Stella [[spoiler:calling
her dad in the police station. She's in tears, and tries to explain that, if she vanishes in the near future, she didn't abandon him like her mother did. Her father tries to soothe her, assuring her it wasn't her fault her mother left, but Stella's so distressed that all she can do is sob -- and soon, he's crying, too, begging her to tell him what's wrong.]]]]
** Also, Stella [[spoiler:locked in Sarah's room as she screams that she is not Sarah and is left sobbing alone in the dark, likely thinking she's going to die there.]] Zoe Colletti's cry-acting is a little too convincing.


*** In addition, Chuck reveals that in elementary school Tommy [[spoiler:''farted in his milk carton and made him drink it.'']]

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*** In addition, Chuck reveals that in elementary high school Tommy [[spoiler:''farted in his milk carton and made him drink it.'']]

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* SugarWiki/CrowningMomentOfAwesome: Chuck tries to save his sister from the spiders [[spoiler: and succeads making him the only character to defeat a supernatural manifestation without having to talk them into a HeelFaceTurn.]]

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* TearJerker: [[spoiler:Stella calling her dad in the police station. She's in tears, and tries to explain that, if she vanishes in the near future, she didn't abandon him like her mother did. Her father tries to soothe her, assuring her it wasn't her fault her mother left, but Stella's so distressed that all she can do is sob -- and soon, he's crying, too, begging her to tell him what's wrong.]]


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** On that note, her poor father. He obviously still misses his wife, and has to work a lot to care for Stella. [[spoiler:It gets worse when Stella calls him to say goodbye, and assure him that she did ''not'' abandon him. Imagine getting a phone call from your obviously-terrified little girl, hearing her sob on the other end and explain that she might disappear soon -- but refuse to explain what's going on.]]

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* SpiritualLicensee: The majority of the film deals with the vengeful ghost of a girl [[spoiler: who was wrongfully punished for something she didn't do, is referred to as a witch, and whose spirit awakened to serve vengeance to those who wronged her in life.]] Now, is that the plot of Scary Stories or ''WesternAnimation/ParaNorman'' ?


* ShipTease: Ramon and Stella are clearly attracted to each other and form a close bond [[FireForgedFriends over the course of the movie]]. Despite some hints, however, they never do more than hug and Ramon is [[spoiler: drafted into the Vietnam War before their relationship can develop more. Stella promises to write him as much as she can, however.]]

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** Ruth. She's dragged -- or rather, shoved and locked -- into a horror story by her jackass boyfriend getting back at a group of teenagers. [[spoiler:Watching her sob as she tries to cope with the large boil on her cheek is heartbreaking, especially knowing that her story is "The Red Spot". She manages to survive it when the group finds her in time, but the police chief tells them later that she was taken to a mental institution after her ordeal.]]

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*EnsembleDarkhorse: Chuck has quickly become a fan favorite due to his lovable personality and memorable [[spoiler: death scene.]]

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* AntiClimaxBoss: Sarah Bellows is built up throughout the movie, being the one who is responsible for the stories coming to life and who created all the supernatural creatures who terrorize people. At the end of the film, [[spoiler: her ghost finally makes an appearance and is about to finish to Stella off. Stella defeats her... by giving her a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech that makes her decide to not be evil anymore.]]

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* ShipTease: Ramon and Stella are clearly attracted to each other and form a close bond [[FireForgedFriends over the course of the movie]]. Despite some hints, however, they never do more than hug and Ramon is [[spoiler: drafted into the Vietnam War before their relationship can develop more. Stella promises to write him as much as she can, however.]]


* SignatureScene: The Pale Lady sequence has been noted as a highlight of the film by many critics.

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The Pale Lady sequence has been noted as a highlight of the film by many critics.critics.
** Another standout scene noted by many critics and audience members is the scene where Harold comes to life and terrorizes Tommy, [[spoiler: turning him into a scarecrow.]] It's rather graphic for being in a PG-13 movie.


* {{Narm}}: Zoe Colletti's "You don't read the book. The book reads you." line brings RussianReversal to mind and overall sounds like a line specifically written to be put into a trailer.

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* {{Narm}}: Zoe Colletti's "You don't read the book. The book reads you." line brings RussianReversal to mind and overall sounds like a line specifically written to be put into a trailer. Although in the movie, ItMakesSenseInContext, but doesn't sound any less silly.


* UglyCute: Some fans see the Pale Lady as this.

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* UglyCute: Some Like her book counterpart, some fans see the Pale Lady as this.

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* AndYouThoughtItWouldFail: Doug Norrie of ''Cinema Blend'' predicted that [[https://www.cinemablend.com/news/2477556/this-rotten-week-predicting-dora-the-kitchen-scary-stories-to-tell-in-the-dark-reviews-and-more the film would get a 30% score on review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes]]. When the film was first released and its review embargo was lifted, the film received generally positive reviews and is currently sitting at a respectable 80%.


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* SignatureScene: The Pale Lady sequence has been noted as a highlight of the film by many critics.


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* ToughActToFollow: Both of the director's previous movies, ''Film/TheTrollHunter'' and ''Film/TheAutopsyOfJaneDoe'', received critical acclaim, so there was quite the pressure to release a third hit. Fortunately, critics mostly embraced the film, considering it a well-made, if flawed, gateway horror flick.
* UglyCute: Some fans see the Pale Lady as this.


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* TheWoobie:
**Stella. Her mother abandoned her and her father when she was young, leading to many rumors around town that she was to blame for it.
**Ramon. [[spoiler:His brother was sent to Vietnam and came back in pieces, causing Ramon to panic and dodge the draft.]]
**[[spoiler:Sarah Bellows. She was abused emotionally and physically by her family and called a deformed freak just because she was born albino. When water pollution from her family's paper mill resulted in the deaths of several children, her family [[TheScapegoat blamed her to cover up their shoddy business practices]] and the townspeople began to label her as a witch. It becomes even worse when it's revealed that her own brother subjected her to electroshock therapy and isolation therapy.]]

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