Spooky new classic encourages individuality
It’s so difficult to find a scary movie for tweens and teens under 16 — everything is either has over-the-top gore or is aimed at really young, elementary-age kids. Nightbooks is the scary movie you’ve been looking for — great messages about teamwork, being true to yourself, and the power of persistence. Both protagonists are positive role models, and the scares are age-appropriate for middle school and up. Based on a kids’ novel, Nightbooks is creepy and emotionally moving simultaneously, thanks to a clever director and two truly impressive and convincing kid actors. So happy Netflix produced this captivating film; it almost makes up for Fear Street. Well, almost.