FILM TITLE: SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK
GENRE: HORROR
CONSUMER ADVICE: 16 H L P V
DISTRIBUTOR: FILMFINITY (PTY) LTD
DIRECTOR: ANDRE OVERDAL
MAIN CAST: ZOE COLLETTI, MICHAEL GARAZA, GABRIEL RUSH
LANGUAGE: FAIRLY FREQUERY INSTANCES OF MODERATE IMPACT CRUDE LANGUAGE USED TO EXPRESS FEAR, SHOCK, FRUTRATION AND ANGER, AND ANGER, AND IN THE CONTEXT OF DIMINISHING AND INSULT OTHER CHARACTERS.
NUDITY: NONE
PREJUDICE: INFREQUENT PREJUDICE IS OF A MODERATE IMPACT WHICH INCLUDE JUDGEMENT AND ADVERSE OPINIONS AND INCLINATIONS FORMED WITHOUT JUST OR GORUNDS BASED ON RAC, NATIONALLITY AND MEDICAL
SEX: NONE
VIOLENCE: PHYSICAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL VIOLENCE IS OF A STRONG IMPACT AND OCCURS FREQUENTLY WITH PSYCHOLOGICAL VIOLENCE BEING SUSTAINED THROUGHOUT THE FILM
BLASPHEMY: NONE
DRUG ABUSE: NONE
COMMENTS: THE HORROR FILM " SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK" IS A SUSPENSEFUL FILM SET IN A SMALL TOWN IN THE UNITED STATES DURING HALLOWEEN IN 1968. IT EXPLORES DARK AND INTENSE THEMES REVOLVING AROUND TERRIFIED TEENAGERS BECOMING VICTIMS OF HORRIFIC TARGEDIES, SUPERNATURAL HORROR, THREATS TO LIFE, HORRIFIC KILLINGS AND DISAPPEARANCES, REPORTED SUICIDE, TORTUROUS TREATMENT FOR MENTAL PROBLEMS, HORROR STORIES BECOMING REALITY AND HAUTINGS. THEMES OF HAUNTINGS, BLACK MAGIC, REPORTED SUICIDE, AND MYSTERIOUS DEATHS AND DISAPPEARANCES ARE COMPLEX AND MATURE AND MAY BE CONFUSING FOR COGNITIVELY IMMATURE VIEWERS, AND MAY PREMATURELY EXPOSE THEM TO ADULT CONTENT. THEMES AND THE DARK SUSPENSEFUL WAY IN WHICH THEY ARE PRESENTED CARRY A STRONG SENSE OF THREAT AND MENACE WHICH IS INTENSIFIED BY THE ENHANCED AUDIO-VISUAL EFFECTS OF THE CINEMATIC FORMAT. HARMFUL THEMES SUCH AS THREATTO LIFE, BRUTAL MURDERS, TORTUROUS MENTAL HEALTH TREATMENTS INVOLVING ELECTROCONCLUSIVE THERAPY, ABDUCTIONS AND SUPERNATURAL HORROR, COUPLED WITH SUSTAINED SENSE OF FEAR AND SUSPENSE MAY THEREFORE BE DISTURBING, UPSETTING DISTRESSING AND PSYCHOLOGICALLY HARMFUL TO YOUNG IMPRESSIONABLE AND PSYCHOLOGICALLY INMATURE VIEWERS UNDER 16 YEARS, WHOSE SENSE OF WELL-BEING MAY BE THREATENED. THEMES MAY ALSO BE MORALLY AHRMFUL IN REINFORCING A DEHUMANISED VIEW OF OTHERS IN MORALLY IMMATURE VIEWERS UNDER 16 YEARS ALTHOUGH HOROR FANS NMAY FIND THE FILM ENTERTAINING, THE POTENTIAL HARM OUTWEGHS POSITIVE MESSAGES OF FRIENDSHIP AND TEAMWORK, PARTICULARLY AS RESOLUTIONARE NOT TRULY POSITIVE WITH TWO OF THE FRIENDS- CHUCK AND ANGIE STILL REMAINING MISSING AT THE END. THE SUSTAINED AENSE OF TERROR TO THE PROTAGONISTS IS LIKELY TO ABOVE THE EMOTIONAL TOLERANCE LEVELS OF VIEWERS UNDER THE AGE OF 16 YEARS WHO ARE STILL LEARNING HOW TO COPE WITH STRONG EMOTIONS. THE FACT THAT THE MAIN CHARACTERS WHO ARE BEING TARGETED ARE YOUNG PEOPLE , MAY RESULT IN IDENTIFICATION WITH THE CHARACTERS AND THEREFORE CAUSE EMOTIONAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL TRAUMA IN VIEWERS UNDER 16 YEARS.