Friends, if you watched the Super Bowl this past Sunday you might have already seen the teaser trailers that were released for the upcoming film adaptation of Alvin Schwartz’s legendary Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark book series. Those of us Fright Fans that grew up reading the collection of ghost stories and urban legends have much reason to rejoice as none other than Guillermo Del Toro is Executive Producer on the movie as well as being co-writer on the screenplay. Another feather in this upcoming young adult movie is that André Øvredal of Trollhunter and The Autopsy of Jane Doe acclaim is the Director. Best of all though… as the teasers during the Super Bowl readily made apparent – the ‘creatues’ in the film are all based on Stephen Gammel’s illustrations!
Now you might have picked up on what I said about this film being for young adults – I have no doubt that when it hits theaters this August it will earn a PG-13 rating. There is already a website up for Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark and it lays out the synopsis for the film itself:
“It’s l968 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 tome.”
To say I’m looking forward to the movie is something of an understatement – of course I presume that like myself, many of you have cherished memories of being thrilled and perhaps horrified at reading the collection of Scary Stories books in your youth. Many, many long bus rides home were made more enjoyable as I curled up with my knees pressed into the seat in front of me, learning all about Harold the scarecrow and to beware of a peculiar red spot on my cheek. As a matter of fact, not only have we shared the story of that particular scarecrow in the past but ‘he’ has been given the honor of gracing the first poster for Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark!
Where the Goosebumps film adaptations have focused more on the family friendly side of horror – I think you will agree with me after watching the teaser trailer compilation below that the filmmakers are more interested in focusing on the terror and unease Schwartz’s collection of tales as well as Gammel’s macabre artwork instilled in generations of readers. I suppose we will have to find out for ourselves on August 9th, right
A couple of side notes, obviously we will get a better feel for the film when the full trailer hits the internet – I assume in a couple of months. In addition as the movie’s debut draws nearer it might be wise, if you are a fan of the books and Gammel’s artwork in particular, to keep your eyes peeled at your local Hot Topic store for T-Shirts and other collectibles.