It’s been quite some time since it was announced that the popular children’s horror book, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, would be getting a movie adaptation. Now, we finally have a date set for when we should expect it to be released!
Few books have made an impact on me quite like Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. Written by Alvin Schwartz and illustrated by Stephen Gammell, these anthology books were my first introduction to horror as a child. A few years ago it was announced that a movie adaptation was in the works headed by famous film storyteller Guillermo del Toro. Del Toro may no longer be directing the film, but he is still producing it. That’s great news for fans that enjoy his unique style and, hopefully, that means that those he’s chosen to write and direct the film will be able to execute something along the same vein.
The stories in the books were a collection of urban legends and folklore that Schwartz researched prior to writing each book in the series. They were written in a way to creep out kids without horrifying them. No, Schwartz wanted to give chills to his young readers, much like the Goosebumps series. He left the trauma to his illustrator, Stephen Gammell.
According to ComingSoon.net, the plot for the upcoming film is stated as being:
The film follows a group of young teens who must solve the mystery surrounding the sudden and macabre deaths in their small town.
If it sounds familiar to you, that’s because it’s very similar Goosebumps film that came out a couple of years ago. Except, unlike in Goosebumps it seems like people are actually going to die in the film making it more of a film for older audiences.
The film is set to star Zoe Colletti (Annie), Austin Abrams (Brad’s Status), Gabriel Rush (Moonrise Kingdom), Michael Garza (Wayward Pines), Austin Zajur (Fist Fight), Dean Norris (Breaking Bad), Gil Bellows (Patriot), Lorraine Toussaint (Orange Is The New Black), and Natalie Ganzhorn (Make it Pop). It will be coming to theaters August 9, 2019.