Horror and thriller fans of a certain age likely grew up with Alvin Schwartz’s Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, a children’s book published in 1981 composed of horror stories. The book was so well-received (and challenged for its creepy content) that it got the sequels More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark and Scary Stories 3: More Tales to Chill Your Bones.
If you grew up with the series, we have great news for you: it’s going to be adapted into a movie and it will come out this year!
Watch the teasers below:
The books are composed of many short stories but it will tie several of them together to make one big story in the movie. The main premise will be set in the late ‘60s and will follow a young girl named Sarah who holds many secrets that will turn her life into a series of scary stories.
The tales that will be featured in the film are “The Big Toe“ (which tells the story of a young boy who finds a big toe), “The Dream“ (where the Pale Lady appears in the dreams of an artist), and “The Red Spot” (about a young girl who gets a red spot after getting bitten by a spider).
Of course, the film adaptation will take some liberties, including introducing a character called the Jangly Man. He appears in the teaser but doesn’t seem to be based on any character in Schwartz’s books.
The film will be produced and based on a story by Guillermo del Toro, who directed the films Blade II, Hellboy, Hellboy II: The Golden Army, Pan’s Labyrinth, Pacific Rim, and The Shape of Water.
It will star Zoe Colletti, Michael Garza, Austin Abrams, Doug Jones, Gabriel Rush, Austin Zajur, and Natalie Ganzhorn. It will be directed by André Øvredal.
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark will be released August 9, 2019.
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