This review may contain minor spoilers so keep that in mind if you haven’t seen it yet, I do my best to avoid them but it’s not always possible.

Synopsis: Alex, a boy obsessed with scary stories, is imprisoned by an evil young witch in her contemporary New York City apartment.

Title: Nightbooks

Rating: PG

Runtime: 1 Hour 43 Minutes

Cast: Winslow Fegley, Kristen Ritter, Lidya Jewett, Cleo & Trixie, Jess Brown, Mathieu Bourassa, Khiyla Aynne, Luxton Handspiker, Liam Couvion, Stephen R. Hart, Riley O’Donnell, Evan O’Donnell, Taylor Puterman, Neil Emmanuel Lu, Eden Gjoka, Miley Haik, and Jill Frappier

Director: David Yarovesky

Writers: J.A. White (Books), Mikki Daughtry & Tobias Iaconis


Alex is lured in by the lost boys movie and pumpkin pie to a witches moving house. While inside he is required to create scary stories and tell them to her each night. A new one everyday to appease the witch. Stuck with cat spy Lenore and a girl named Yasmine who had been stuck there for years they must find a way to be free from the witch.

This was way better than I expected and also scarier than I imagined it would be. I honestly thought this was a kids movie but it was a little scarier than your average kids scary movie. The witch was so darned evil I wasn’t expecting her to be like that at all.

I really liked how the story unfolded with the stories he had to tell to the cypher notes hidden in multiple books around the library to the two kids actually working together to get out of her grasp. There were twists and turns in storyline and I really loved seeing it unfold. Lots of creepy horror creatures and evil witches that get scary and more.

It was such a highly entertaining movie, I couldn’t really predict much of what was happening or going to happen which is always good with a horror as usually they are so obvious. I liked the little added storylines that we still haven’t gotten the answers too yet, plus I loved and hated that ending I want a second movie and I want one now please.

If you are looking for something spooky, horrorish but still suitable for most children then I do recommend this, it will surpise you more than you’d expect. You will sink right into the story and want to unfold it all as I did.


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