True scares elevate this modern take on Hansel and Gretel, who follows a brilliant boy who is held captive in the apartment of an evil witch.
In the children's horror movie "Nightbooks", a preteen is taken hostage by a malicious witch. Alex (Winslow Fegley) is a bright kid whose passion lies in writing stories andfrightening. At the start of the movie ( on Netflix ), Alex gives up on this hobby, fearing it will make him a freak show. En route to burn his notebooks, however, he is lured into the enchanted apartment of Natacha (Krysten Ritter), who threatens to kill Alex unless he tells her a new story every night.
For Alex, Natacha's house is a dark and sinister prison, but it is also a Victorian wonderland. Venture through the right door and you might find an extensive library, a magical garden, or a forest of unicorns. Alex befriends Yasmin (Lidya Jewett), another child held captive in space, and together the couple Hansel and Gretel prepare their escape.
Several moments in "Night tbooks", directed by David Yarovesky and based on a book by JA Blanc, are really scary. During some sequences, especially the ones that center a chilling menace called the Shredder, I was tempted to cover my eyes. Director David Yarovesky has a knack for towers of light - shadows, neon night vision, and silhouetted movement - and the movie is the most deliciously spooky when it favors visual flair over fears of leaps.
In its balance of child-centric themes and disturbing imagery, "Nightbooks " follows a paved path of horror stars like "Coraline " and the early works of Tim Burton. Yarovesky's fairytale fantasy ultimately doesn't live up to the gloomy ingenuity of these benchmarks, but his devotion to scares makes him memorable.
Uncategorized. Duration: 1 hour 40 minutes. Watch on Netflix.