Alvin Schwartz‘s Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark may have been presented as a collection of children’s horror stories that is rooted in folklore and urban legend, but it is the basis of why those same kids who read all three volumes are fans of the horror genre now. I remember reading at least one book when I was a kid, but I’d never thought they would be able to turn all of that into a film.
Now, CBS Films will be releasing an adaptation of the same name. In it, a group of young people attempt to solve a mystery that involves a series of spectacularly horrific deaths in their small hometown. Check out the first look at Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark here below.
It should be interesting to see how the creative team adapts this one into a full-length feature film. For one thing, Schwartz’s three novels were a collection of short stories that were accompanied by truly horrifying illustrations of hooks, corpses, and severed body parts. So it looks like shorts like the Big Toe story will be woven into the film. Although, I am hoping to see The Bride be in it; Of all the stories in Scary Stories, that is the one I remember the most. Not because of that one story, but the imagery of a rotting corpse bride with a frozen look of terror has stuck with me to this day. And I read these in the 1990s.
Let’s just hope that this adaptation lives up to fan expectation. But with Guillermo del Toro as one of the credited screenwriters, I think the film might be worth a watch. The filmmaker took to Twitter to release all of the terrifying mini-trailers, which aired during Sunday night’s Super Bowl game.
Here’s the official plot synopsis:
Inspired by one of the most terrifying children’s book series of all time, SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK follows a group of young teens who must solve the mystery surrounding sudden and macabre deaths in their small town.
The film stars Zoe Colletti, Michael Garza, Gabriel Rush, Austin Abrams, Dean Norris, Gil Bellows, Lorraine Toussaint, Austin Zajur, and Natalie Ganzhorn.
Directed by André Øvredal, who uses a script written by Daniel Hageman & Kevin Hageman, and Guillermo del Toro, Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark opens in theaters on August 9, 2019.