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  • I don't think books should ever be banned. As much as I enjoyed the Scary Stories series, the scariest short stories I ever read as a kid – two different stories in particular that stand out in my mind – were actually not from the Scary Stories collection, but from two other short story books for kids that I read, by two other authors. One of those scary short story collections was written in the '70s, I think. So is this lady and other parents going to try to ban every one of those books? Good luck.
    I had a split second brilliant idea that schools should put "parental discretion" stickers on certain books, and send a text or email to parents to let them decide if it's okay to check that book out.
    ….It didn't take me very long to realize a system like that would likely backfire, because those books would suddenly become like forbidden fruit to the kids. 😆 So something like parental advisory stickers wouldn't work.
    Public school is a child's first venture out into the real world, in my opinion. Like it or not, they can't be shielded forever.

  • I never read the books as a kid obviously because they were banned and so I never heard of them. Until James A. Janisse from Dead Meat did a Kill Count of the Film Adaptation of the books and honestly the books seemed more interesting than the movie. So now I want to read the books.

  • smdh at the people who won't rent it because it's a documentary or rent it and stop watching it because it's not the movie. Grow up.

    Anyway, regarding the controversy about whether or not the books should have been banned, all I have to say is that I've read this series and other horror books as a child in the 80s, along with playing video games from '82 to this very day, and I've never went on to commit mass murder or abuse to anyone. As a society, we tend to focus on everything BUT what needs to be focused on because such things as books, video games, music, movies, etc. are such easy targets as opposed to the true causes like the religious right, puritan ethics, conservatism, white supremacy, toxic masculinity, and gun culture worship.

    We were (and still are) afraid of silly things like corpses, ghosts and worms eating eyes, when what we really should be afraid of is alive and around us. Anyway, excellent documentary!

  • Well this was disappointing. The editing was pretty bad as the film kept going back and forth between subjects instead of completely covering everything at once, like they kept repeating the same newspaper clippings and news bit. I was really excited when they showed those other books, thinking that they were going to do a piece on how other authors/publishers tried to cash in the popularity of those books. Not to mention the appearance of R.L Stine would lead one to believe that he would chime in on the subject on how the books impacted the market for child horror.

    Instead it was just filler content. I was also disappointed that there was no mention of what I think is the most related series of books to these which are the Short and Shiver books. Much like Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, the Short & Shivery series also collected folklore from around the world, only the illustrations were not as memorable as Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. I always wondered if there was some sort of connection between these two book series since they are identical in their premise and was hoping that this film would have shed some light on the subject.

    Another big disappointment for me was the lack of attention towards the audiobooks. Aside from b-roll footage nothing about them was discussed. Like how the production company approached the author/publisher about it, how did the production company choose the narrator etc. The reason this bothers me is because that is how I was introduced to these books and I am sure I am not the only one who found out about the books this way. This also leads me to my final complaint.

    There was no mention on how the books have affected horror in the modern day. It is very easy to draw parallels between these books and creepypastas, which are pretty much the modern day equivalent of urban legends/folktales. Going back to the audiobooks, I think that doing a piece on the plethora of horror podcasts/youtube channels would have been a great way to end the film. The NoSleep Podcast is how I found out that this film was being made, and many people have expressed that the reason they have a demand for horror podcasts is because of these books. I also wouldn't be surprised if people started horror themed podcasts or YouTube channels as a result of these books, I know I would if I had the skills.

  • The Viper story is one that's been brought up in conversation for chuckles through my years lol (am I old enough to say that?). I've been doing a bunch of research on how Bram Stoker wrote Dracula. His mother was supposed to have told him many scary stories as a kid. I think Horror can teach morality among other things. I may be more into Halloween as an adult than I was as a kid. The dark is there. You don't HAVE to wear black to acknowledge it, but you can. Very cool to hear more about the author of the books. Wish there was a nice lengthy interview with the illustrator (I think he's still alive).

  • I remember hearing the story “Harold” from my middle school home room teacher I remember her loving it. She had a big grin on her face as she was reading the story I wanted to plug my ears but I didn’t want to look like a scaredy-cat I am still creeped out by the scarecrows to this day