Alvin Schwartz’s children’s book, Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark was my introduction to horror novels as a child. The macabre and gruesome illustrations by Stephen Gammell perfectly complimented each short story that brought visions of these ghastly tales to life. The books were widely popular among readers and reached a cult status that later inspired R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps series, albeit the latter was much milder. The three book series was also met with a bit of controversy. The American Library Association challenged its inclusion into public libraries due to the violence and illustrations in the books.
Fast forward to 2013, CBS Films acquired the rights to the books for a feature film along with the inclusion of Guillermo Del Toro (In 2016) as producer. We are now delighted to learn that Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark will be released in theatres August 9th, 2019. A website was also launched which you can find right here. We can’t wait for the trailer to drop (Maybe sometime next week) but in the meantime, here is the official 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.
Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark
BASED ON THE SERIES BY: Alvin Schwartz
DIRECTED BY: André Øvredal
SCREENPLAY BY: Dan Hageman & Kevin Hageman
SCREEN STORY BY: Guillermo del Toro
PRODUCED BY: Guillermo del Toro, Sean Daniel, Jason F. Brown, J. Miles Dale, and Elizabeth Grave
CAST: Zoe Colletti (Stella Nicholls), Michael Garza (Ramon Morales), Austin Zajur (Chuck Steinberg), Natalie Ganzhorn (Ruth Steinburg)
Gabriel Rush (Auggie Hilderbrandt), Gil Belllows (Police Chief Turner), Kathleen Pollard (Sarah Bellows) and, Dean Norris (Roy Nicholls)
Studio: CBS Films and Lionsgate