Guillermo del Toro and Nightmares
If I ever wanted someone to make my nightmares real, Guillermo del Toro is my first, eighth, and only choice. On August 9, 2019, del Toro will torture us with a film adaptation of “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.” And if you haven’t seen the trailer yet, be prepared.
Are you shook? Even if you never read these messed up stories as a kid, the creep factor is high. Also, do yourself a favor and read the stories. They’ll stay with you forever. You’re welcome.
Having del Toro attached to this film is enough to get hyped about it. What Alvin Schwartz and Stephen Gammell created within these books is the scare that keeps on scaring. The first of the three, carrying the same title as the movie, appeared in 1981. The sequel followed in 1984, with the last book completing the series in 1991.
These aren’t just sleepover ghost stories
Part of what makes these books stay with you is the fact that they come from folklore and urban legends. These aren’t stories quickly thought up to fill up a book. They’re tales that have been told for lifetimes, collected on pages for even more centuries and generations.
Bringing the folklore to life
And now we get to see some of it come to life. When asked how it was decided which stories would make the cut, del Toro and director Andre Overdal say
“We distilled it to about five or six that we like the most, and some of them are told in their entirety,” del Toro said. “Some others are referenced. Those that know the books will see more than people who haven’t read the book, because some of them are there in name or infused one with another, or a song or rhyme. But we basically distilled it to the ones that everybody seems to remember the most. The books obviously have many, many more stories, so this could go on or not, but we said, ‘Let’s do a greatest hits.’”
We have quite a wait ahead of us for the film to hit theaters in August. To pass the time, let’s read the books for the first or hundredth time. Either way, get your scare on.