Nightbooks: Gateway Horror for Kids

By RodneyHatfieldJr for Movies

Do you need a kid-friendly horror film? Netflix has one just in time for Halloween. From producer Sam Raimi and director David Yarovesky (Brightburn) comes Nightbooks, a kids horror movie that premiered on the 15th!

If you haven’t heard of Nightbooks, it is a young adult book by J.A. White that came out in 2018. Here is the story in nutshell: Alex (Winslow Fegley) is a creative boy with a strong passion for writing scary stories. But when he’s labeled weird and rejected for what he likes, he swears he’ll never write again. That’s when an evil witch (Krysten Ritter) captures him in her magical apartment in New York City and demands that he tell her a new tale every night if he wants to stay alive. While trying to escape, Lenore, the witch’s spiteful cat watching his every move. Alex meets Yasmin (Lidya Jewett), another young prisoner who has learned how to survive the witch’s wicked whims. With Yasmin’s help, Alex must learn to embrace what makes him unique; his love for scary stories; and rewrite his own destiny to break them free.

If you are a fan of movies like Halloweentown, Nightmare before Christmas, or Hocus Pocus, then you should like Nightbooks. It is funny, whimsical, and creepy. The first half of the film is kinda slow, but then it brings the gateway horror fun. This is for kids and the young at heart, a very familiar tale in creative horror fantasy.

Mikki Daughtry and Tobias Iaconis wrote the script. You can check out the trailer below. 

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