*This blog post is in collaboration with Netflix. All opinions expressed are true and my own.
Along comes a story that’s scary, spooky, clever and at it’s heartbeat is a kid that just wants to be himself and write scary stories. That’s not much to ask for, right? NIGHTBOOKS is NETFLIX’S latest film that arrives just in time to get us ready for the spookiest time of year, Halloween!
Careful what you wish for…
It’s true, because you just may get it. Alex (Winslow Fegley) is a kid with a huge imagination and a love for writing scary stories so much that his life will one day depend on it. I know that’s a bit much for kids but under the direction of David Yarovesky combined with the writing and acting this incredibly artistic scary story unfolds really well.
Alex is a creative and clever story writer who is tormented by his fellow classmates and called names like creepshow and weird for his written scary tales. After an epic temper tantrum Alex shreds his beloved notebooks holding all of his scary stories. Soon after, he finds himself face to face with a demanding witch, played by Krysten Ritter, with a love for scary stories and she wants a new story every night or else! Alex meets a new friend Yasmin ( Lydia Jewett) who encourages him to write and embarks on this spooky journey with him.
I spoke with the cast, Winslow Fegely, Lydia Jewett and Krysten Ritter about favorite scenes and sequels. Take a look/listen below.
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. Trapped inside with 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.
Mikki Daughtry and Tobias Iaconis
BASED ON THE BOOK BY
Sam Raimi, Romel Adam, Mason Novick, Michelle Knudsen
Rob Tapert, Jeanette Volturno
Mary Anne Waterhouse, Tracy Kopulsky
Winslow Fegley, Lidya Jewett and Krysten Ritter
NIGHTBOOKS has been rated PG