The one thing everybody remembers is that-despite being aimed at children- Alvin Schwartz’s Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark novels never pulled any punches when it came to graphic descriptions of horror. And even worse, Stephen Gammell’s gnarly illustrations are forever burned into the minds of any horror kids who grew up in the eighties and beyond! The series is finally being adapted into a movie, and today’s new trailer proves that the franchise hasn’t lost any of its edge in the transition from print to screen!
Between the quarters of the Patriots’ sixth Superbowl win were four teaser trailers for the upcoming horror feature Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark which is scheduled for release on August 9 this year.
Based on the popular book trilogy written by the late Alvin Schwartz, Scary Stories synopsis tells it is set in 1968 America. Change is blowing in the wind… but seemingly far removed from the unrest in the cities is the small town of Mill Valley where for generations, the shadow of the Bellows family has loomed large. It is in their mansion on the edge of town that Sarah, a young girl with horrible secrets, turned her tortured life into a series of scary stories, written in a book that has transcended time—stories that have a way of becoming all too real for a group of teenagers who discover Sarah’s terrifying tome. read more
Looks like Guillermo del Toro will be dipping into the Breaking Bad talent pool for his latest project. Del Toro has reportedly cast Dean Norris, who played Walter White’s brother-in-law (and main antagonist) Hank on the hit AMC show, for his upcoming film Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. Somewhere Jesse Pinkman is smiling.
Norris is the latest, and most well-known, addition to the film’s cast. Since Breaking Bad ended its wildly successful run, Norris has gone on to appear in big-budget films such as Fist Fight (2017) and the Death Wish remake (2018). Joining him in yet-unknown roles are Zoe Margaret Colletti (Annie) and Michael Garza (Wayward Pines) among others. Spanish actor Javier Botet, who played significant roles in horror genre hits like Slender Man, The Conjuring 2, and IT, will also join the cast in some on-screen capacity. André Øvredal (The Autopsy of Jane Doe) is attached to direct. read more
Right from his personal Twitter, producer Guillermo del Toro has confirmed that the creatures in the upcoming Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark adaptation will in fact look like the books’ legendary and eerie illustrations.
Alvin Schwartz, author of Scary Stories, created a memorable book trilogy together with illustrator Stephen Gammell.
The three-entry book series was published during the 1980’s and early 90’s and has maintained strong readership in the following decades. The upcoming film will follow a group of young teenagers who must investigate the sudden and horrifying deaths in their small town. read more
Deadline has confirmed that Zoe Colletti has landed the lead role of Stella Michaels in the highly anticipated film, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.
Guillermo del Toro helped adapt the screenplay and is set to produce the film. Andre Overdal (Trollhunter, The Autopsy of Jane Doe) is set to direct the film which follows a group of young teens who must solve the mystery surrounding sudden and macabre deaths in their small town.
Scary Stories is a series of three books, the first of which Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark debuted in 1981 from writer, Alvin Schwartz and artist, Stephen Gammell. The book focused on urban legends and folklore but what terrified people the most was the nightmarish illustrations by Gammell. The book simply became a nightmare for librarians as it has been noted that many parents would complain to the school in hopes of getting the book removed. Scary Stories quickly drew the ire of the American Library Association for its violence and terrifying imagery. read more