Nightbooks is a Horror film that will be released in 2021, directed by David Yarovesky and written by Mikki Daughtry and Tobias Iaconis. Winslow Fegley, Lidya Jewett, and Krysten Ritter feature in the film.
It was released by Netflix on September 15, 2021, and is based on J. A. White’s 2018 horror-fantasy children’s novel of the same name.
Nightbooks Release Date
It was released by Netflix on September 15, 2021
Alex Mosher, a young Brooklyn boy who enjoys writing terrifying stories, says he will never write another one. While his parents dispute, he trashes his room and sneaks out of his apartment with his “Nightbooks,” a collection of self-written terrifying stories. He takes the elevator to the furnace in his compound, intending to burn them. He passes an apartment with an open door that tempts him into entering before he reaches the furnace room. The apartment door closes behind him and vanishes.
He wakes up in a wonderful apartment belonging to a witch named Natacha. She threatens him with her powers and informs him that the apartment attracts youngsters, but only those who are valuable to her survive. Alex’s penchant for writing terrifying stories intrigues her, and she threatens to kill him unless he writes her stories and reads them to her every night. She assigns him to work as a housekeeper beside a young girl named Yazmin, who was similarly persuaded into the apartment years ago in Washington. Alex learns from Yazmin that the apartment moves around the world and that the front and back doors are the only ones that respond to Natacha’s magical keys.
Yazmin leads Alex around the witch’s massive library, explaining that Natacha has heard every terrifying story in it, which is why Alex has been tasked with writing new ones. Alex is hesitant, stating that he is unable to write but refusing to explain why. Yazmin informs him that they are being watched by Natacha’s magical cat, Lenore, who can transform into invisibility and tell her everything.
As they work on domestic activities together, Azmin and Alex form a bond, and they gradually gain Lenore’s trust. Yazmin cries as she explains that she was terrified to become friends with him because all of the previous youngsters she had made friends with had been slain by being changed into figurines in Natacha’s cabinet. Alex notices that each of the figurines still has their personal possessions, such as watches and earrings, and deduces that since none of them had a unicorn necklace, Unicorn Girl must have escaped. He and Yazmin go through Unicorn Girl’s notebooks and find a recipe for a sleeping potion that she used on the witch to steal her keys.
This happy ending awakens the sleeping witch, who overpowers Natacha and loses her perfume bottle. Yazmin snatches it and flees with Alex and Lenore. Yazmin opens the front door with Natacha’s magic, allowing them to exit to Alex’s apartment complex. As they retreat to the furnace chamber, the witch pursues them, intending to consume them.
Alex manages to divert her attention with a terrifying story he makes up, but before he can finish, he tosses his Nightbook into the open fire. The witch follows it to find out how the narrative ends, as he and Yazmin force her in and kill her. They return home, and he introduces Yazmin and Lenore as his best pals to his frightened parents. Yazmin and her parents are reunited.
Yazmin continues to be his friend, giving him a fresh notebook and pushing him to pursue his dream of writing horror stories. While Natacha cackles and is revealed to have survived her battle with the witch, the children’s figurines in Natacha’s cabinet begin to move and break free.
- Winslow Fegley as Alex
- Lidya Jewett as Yazmin
- Krysten Ritter as Natacha
Directed by David Yarovesky
Screenplay by Mikki Daughtry & Tobias Iaconis
Based on Nightbooks by J. A. White
Produced by Sam Raimi, Romel Adam, Mason Novick & Michelle Knudsen
Starring – Winslow Fegley, Lidya Jewett & Krysten Ritter
Cinematography Robert McLachan
Edited by Peter Gvozdas
Music by Michael Abels
Production companies by Ghost House Pictures, MXN Entertainment & Catchlight Studios
Distributed by Netflix
Release date September 15, 2021
Running time 103 minutes
Country United States