Netflix’s family-friendly horror movie Nightbooks targets younger audiences and those who are averse to horror movies. But is it scary enough?
Adapted from J.A. White’s 2018 book of the same name, Nightbooks is about the adventure of Alex (Winslow Fegley), who is devoted to the horror genre with all his heart, when he falls into the trap of an evil witch. Alex, who is a fan of the horror genre and writes stories about it all the time, is considered rather strange by his friends and family. One night, Alex, who decided to burn all his stories to oppose this situation, leaves his apartment to go down to the basement. With the malfunction of the elevator he is in, he finds his cat in a dark floor of the apartment that he does not know. In an apartment with an open door, there is a television with his favorite movie and pumpkin pie. Stepping into the apartment, Alex is now the prisoner of the evil witch Natacha (Krysten Ritter).
Waking up in a magic apartment with no exit, it doesn’t take long for Alex to meet Natacha. Now Alex has only one mission. Writing and reading a story to Natacha every night. Moreover, he is not alone in this captivity. Yasmin (Lydia Jewett), who is also held captive by Natacha, and Lenore, the house’s disappearing cat, are also imprisoned in this magic house with her. Alex must find a way to escape from Natacha and this house with many mysterious rooms, including a seemingly endless library and a greenhouse full of mysterious plants.
To be honest, I don’t really like the horror genre. In other words, I don’t want to open it and watch a horror movie, but if it comes across or if it arouses my curiosity, I do. I guess that’s why this movie is just for me. Nightbooks, which can be considered a fantastic adventure rather than a horror movie, can be an option for entry into the horror genre. With its production targeting children and families as the audience, it is insufficient for those who love the horror genre, and maybe it is a production that can only create minor tensions.
Looking forward to the sequels of Nightbook. I’m also hopeful that it ends with an ending that conveys the message of this. A little bit of everything was shown. Obviously, the witch has a long history, a world of its own. There is talk of a house with separate worlds at each door, but only two of them are shown to us. Even the stories written by Alex can be a separate production on their own. I hope sequels come and evolve into a fantastic universe. I think that Locke & Key constantly came to my mind while watching the series, which created this expectation for me. By the way, Locke & Key season 2 is coming on October 22.
As you can see from the course of the article, I loved Nightbooks. It definitely deserves a chance, but start by knowing that it’s a family movie and made for a general audience. It has shortcomings, but I hope it will be the beginning of a series and it will continue.
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