We all fondly remember those gateway horror films that kindled our interest in the genre as kids—films that weren’t intended to be too scary but which were equal parts terrifying and fascinating to our young minds. The Sam Raimi-produced Netflix movie Nightbooks looks set to provide that gateway for a whole new generation of horror fans—and the trailer has plenty to offer grown-ups, too.
Directed by David Yarovesky (Brightburn), Nightbooks follows Alex, a creative boy with a strong passion for writing scary stories. When he’s labelled weird and rejected for what he likes, he swears he’ll never write again. Then an evil witch 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, 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.
Krysten Ritter (Jessica Jones), Winslow Fegley (Come Play), and Lidya Jewett (The Darkest Minds) star in the film, which was written by Mikki Daughtry and Tobias Iaconis and based on the book of the same name by J.A. White. Discover what stories Nightbooks has to tell when the film hits Netflix on September 15th—and don’t miss the fun trailer below!
Words: Samantha McLaren (@themeatispeople)