If the phrase “thumpity-thump” means anything to you, or if you get spooked when someone shines their brights at you on a desolate highway, then you likely grew up in the thrall of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. The terrifying children's book series contains three volumes packed with enough terror to send chills down spines both young and old. But for the franchise's fourth bout, creators have decided to bring Scary Stories to the big screen.
Guillermo del Toro - the Academy Award-winning producer and director who possesses an intense love for horror and all things weird - is behind the adaptation of Scary Stories, so you know it’s going to have some bite. The creator and his team are keeping information about the film close to the chest, but they have released multiple variations of the same trailer that show off some of the scares lurking throughout the movie.
Whether you grew up terrified of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark's cover art or you’re new to the concept, you’ll want to discover as much as you can about the film before it's released.
The First Full Trailer Reveals The Release DateVideo: YouTube
Although the official teaser for Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark showcased a few of the spooky creatures and introduced the cast, the first full trailer released on June 3, 2019 highlights some of the most frightening stories fans are sure to be creeped out by. The trailer also revealed that the film will premier in theaters August 9, 2019.
The Teaser Is Spooky
This Summer will be SCARY. From the dark imaginations of Academy Award®-winner Guillermo del Toro and acclaimed director André Øvredal, based on the iconic book series, comes Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark — in theaters this summer. #ScaryStoriesMovie pic.twitter.com/CgshNdG8CB— Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (@ScaryStoriesMov) March 28, 2019
CBS and Lionsgate published the official trailer for Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark on March 28, 2019 and it certainly lives up to its terrifying potential. The trailer features monsters from all three books and introduced the young actors who will lead the film. The synopsis reads:
It’s 1968 in 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 home.
Guillermo del Toro Produced The Film
In 2016, Variety reported CBS Films was working on an adaptation of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark and Guillermo del Toro was attached to the project. Initially, del Toro was thinking of directing the film, but for unknown reasons he decided to only produce it and help with the script.
Even though del Toro reportedly co-wrote an early draft of the script, CBS also brought on the Hageman brothers (of The LEGO Movie fame) to help finalize the adaptation. As del Toro told The Hollywood Reporter:
I have had such a great time working with the Hagemans on Trollhunters - and they have proven to be such brilliant writers - that the fit for this material was just perfect: they grew up with the books, they love the genre and they are smart and emotional when writing characters.
Director André Øvredal Has A Pedigree In HorrorPhoto: CBS FIlms
If you're worried about whether Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is actually going to be scary, it's time to put those fears to rest. André Øvredal, the horror director behind The Autopsy of Jane Doe and faux-documentary Troll Hunter, is directing the film.
Both of Øvredal's best-known films are worth checking out, but The Autopsy of Jane Doe is especially impressive if you're a fan of indie horror movies. It's a tense two-hander that squeezes a lot of scares out of a very small budget and a couple of sets, so it should be interesting to see what Øvredal does with a major property.