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Netflix Blurs Line Between Kids Movie and Horror Flick in New ‘Nightbooks’ Trailer

Netflix has dropped the first trailer for one of its latest upcoming films, “Nightbooks.” The film is clearly geared towards children, but has some surprisingly spooky visuals.

This film continues the age-old tradition of putting the makings of nightmares in movies intended for children. You know, like the parents morphing into pigs in “Spirited Away,” Superman falling into a pile of skulls in “Man of Steel,” and basically everything from the latter half of “Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island.”

The official synopsis reads, “When Alex (Winslow Fegley), a boy obsessed with scary stories, is trapped by an evil witch (Krysten Ritter) in her magical apartment, and must tell a scary story every night to stay alive, he teams up with another prisoner, Yasmin (Lidya Jewett), to find a way to escape.” While it does feature some creepy moments, there is also enough color and youthful energy to see how this film is aimed towards very young audiences.

We also get a look at one of Krysten Ritter’s first major roles in a film…ever? She has mainly dominated the TV space, bouncing around series like “Breaking Bad” to headlining “Jessica Jones.” The film was directed by David Yarovesky and produced by Sam Raimi.

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Time will tell if the film will be anywhere near the tone of Raimi’s scarier outings, or exist as something to put on for your kids. “Nightbooks” will be available to stream exclusively on Netflix on September 25th.