Living inside of a spacious New York City apartment that you don’t have to pay for sounds like a dream come true, but in the case of the upcoming Netflix horror film “Nightbooks,” it is just the beginning of an inescapable nightmare.
The story, based on the J.A. White story of the same name, follows a young boy named Alex (Winslow Fegley) who unexpectedly finds himself trapped inside of the TARDIS-like (it can move across space) NYC apartment of a sinister with named Natacha (Krysten Ritter). Natacha will allow Alex to live, trapped inside her not-so-humble abode, so long as he regales her with a new scary story every night.
If this strikes you as familiar, that’s because it is. The “keep telling stories or you’ll be killed” genre is often referred to as Scheherazade, so named after narrator of the classic Middle Eastern folk tales dubbed “One Thousand and One Nights.”
In most versions of this type of tale the goal is simple — the protagonist must keep telling stories until they can trick their captor and escape. And based on the first trailer for “Nightbooks,” that looks to be quite a challenging escape indeed.