Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark 2019



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2019 has been a big year for cinema so far. This year is filled with lots of nostalgia and Horror Films. This upcoming film appeals to both audiences who’re fans of the horror genre and the original book series. That film is Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark, which looks to be one of the scariest movies of the year. But where did this movie come from?

Well for starters Scary Stories to Tell In The Dark is a anthology book series filled with scary short stories. the book was written by Alan Schwartz and illustrated by Stephen Gammell in October of 1981, in which the book was aimed towards a “younger” audience. The books took a Twilight Zone direction as Schwartz drew from urban legends and folklore for his inspiration. “Some of these tales are very old, and they are told around the world,” Schwartz wrote in the foreword to Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. “And most have the same origins. They are based on things that people saw or heard or experienced—or thought they did.”

After the books reached popularity in the early 90’s, It caused controversy and received backlash from parents due to its frightening illustrations and graphic stories (These books were in my 2nd and 4th grade reading bins!). Activists threatened to have schools remove the books from the library. One of the parents even compared Alan Schwartz to that of serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer after reading one of his stories. But the backlash didn’t affect Schwartz as he was “Pleased to have that kind of attention” and continued onto the series

In January of 2016, Academy Award Winning Director Guillermo Del Toro ( HellboyPan’s Labyrinth) announced on twitter that he would start development on the series with rumors that he would be the one to direct and produce the film. In December of 2017, it was announced that Norwegian film director and screenwriter Andre Øvredal (Trollhunter, The Autopsy of Jane Doe) would be attached to direct. The movie began shooting in 2018 with the announcement of a cast of unknown and young actors.

 Guillermo Del Toro (left), Zoe Margaret Colletti (Middle, making her acting debut) and Andre Øvredal (Right)

On Superbowl Sunday February 4th of 2019, Del Toro shared on twitter the first poster of the movie featuring “Harold The Scarecrow”; One of the iconic/popular characters from the series. Four Superbowl TV spots were dropped as a sneak peek.


The TV spots caused a reaction bringing back peoples memories of the characters from each of the stories such as “The Pale Lady” “Harold The Scarecrow” ,”The Red Spot” and (Probably the weirdest one) “The Big Toe“.

A month after the commercials were dropped, Guillermo Del Toro and the movie’s Instagram account posted new posters with one of The Pale Lady and The Red Spot with a new trailer being released the next day. The trailer shows new footage of Harold The Scarecrow, The Pale Lady and also depicted a very interesting plot. The film takes place in 1968. The plot of the movie is about a group of teens who stumble upon a book at a old mansion written by a girl named Sarah Bellows whose tortured and secret life was written into an anthology series. The book contains all the stories from the original and after the teens open the book, the stories become all to real. So will Scary Stories live up to it’s name or will it be a disappointment for fans of the books? Will it scare the pants of audiences? We’ll just have to find out when Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark comes to theaters August 9th. Good luck Andre Øvredal and Guillermo Del Toro! You’ll need it.