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Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark Monsters Jangly Man

Stamina: Extremely High (When reduced to pieces, it can still be alive and active. In the film, he never shows signs of fatigue or tire, despite hunting the protagonists for extended periods of time and enduring numerous injuries (including several bullets to the head and being crushed between two vehicles). Range: Standard Melee Range with Technology Manipulation, Several Meters

But, just as the digital car chases in Hobbs & Shaw are always going to be a little bit of a letdown when compared to, say, Tom Cruise just throwing his body around in Paris traffic, the increased presence of CGI creatures in horror will keep making things like Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark feel that much more special. The film's uneven script by Dan and Kevin Hageman keeps you from falling in love with these characters, so I fell in love with the monsters instead, who were brought to horrific life so beautifully. Take, for example, the Pale Lady, a marshmallow-like haunting that stalks Chuck Steinberg (Austin Zajur) through the red halls of a mental hospital. The creature's face clearly has some digital touch-ups, but the real terror comes from the base sculpt job, which looks grotesquely smooth even in bright light. Here's del Toro's interview with Yahoo:

The one difference between this monster and the corpse and the Pale Lady is that the way the creature kills its victims appears to be final; Augie and Chuckie appear to have been sucked into some parallel universe, but the deputy is simply murdered on the spot. There is no hope for him, as there is for the others (at least if what Stella says at the conclusion of the film is to be trusted). Facing off with the Jangly Man has real consequences, which makes him even scarier.

One of the creepiest parts of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark was Jangly Man and his phrase, "Me Tie Doughty Walker."

The Jangly Man and his key phrase, "Me Tie Doughty Walker," were by far the scariest of all the 2019 book to film adaptations, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. The film brought the monster to life in ways that the short story simply did not, and it added more to the character for the sake of horror. While all of the pieces are present in the film, the original story is quite different. So, what exactly does that phrase mean?

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