Alex, a boy obsessed with scary stories, is trapped by a witch in her modern, magical New York City apartment. His original hair-raising tales are the only thing keeping him safe as he desperately tries to find a way out of this twisted place.

  • Released: 2021-09-15
  • Runtime: 103 minutes
  • Genre: Family, Fantasy, Horror
  • Stars: Winslow Fegley, Lidya Jewett, Krysten Ritter, Luxton Handspiker, Liam Couvion, Eden Gjoka, Jill Frappier, Neil Emmanuel Lu, Jess Brown, Mathieu Bourassa, Khiyla Aynne, Stephen R. Hart, Miley Haik, Taylor Belle Puterman, Riley O'Donnell, Evan O'Donnell, Jess Brown
  • Director: David Yarovesky
  • lee_eisenberg - 15 February 2023
    the kids are all write
    David Yarovesky's "Nightbooks" was pretty much what I expected. What I liked most of all was Krysten Ritter's performance as the witch who traps the children and demands things from them; her look reminded me of Lady Gaga on season five of "American Horror Story". The movie isn't any sort of masterpiece, but the relation to children's stories is enough to keep one interested. I also liked the references to "The Lost Boys".

    Basically, it's the sort of young adult dark fantasy that you can show the tykes to keep them entertained for an hour or two. I'll be eager to see if Yarovesky does anything more.
  • kosmasp - 25 March 2022
    Scary stories to tell at ...
    As an adult we sometimes are overprotective when it comes to either our kids or kids in general. What are they capable to see? What will not be too frightening for them to endure? All legit questions ... but they may not be too easy to answer overall.

    The movie walks a very fine line ... getting us into a story that tells or stays with kids. We are moving on their level. Which means that from time to time ... it may feel like it crosses a line into too scary territory. But I think it walks that line ok. That being said, the movie has some decent scenes, but it also has scenes that are way too close to cliche. They are also the ones that may feel like the movie is not for hardcore horror fans at all. Not easy to play all sides.

    The actors do a phenomenal job though - all things considered. This may mean more to you, if you watched this at a young age for the first time ... or it may feel like just a decent horror movie ... which isn't too bad either.
  • dbosch-86305 - 5 November 2021
    Don't trust the witch in apartment 4E
    An entertaining and charming kid's horror movie with a fun premise. The performances are good and it put me in mind of old 90's tv shows like Goosebumps and Are You Afraid of the Dark?