For young horror fans not immediately allowed to watch R-rated classics when they first develop their taste for the macabre, frights can often still be had, thanks to spooky books. My favorite of those as a child were the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark series.
Written by Alvin Schwartz – and mostly based on existing urban legends and other popular folklore – three books were released in the Scary Stories series, each containing a heaping helping of both creepy tales, and horrifying illustrations by Stephen Gammell.
Finally, the Scary Stories books are soon to be adapted for film, thanks to producer Guillermo Del Toro and director Andre Ovredal. Del Toro is a fan of the source material, and bringing the series to the big screen is a passion project for the acclaimed filmmaker.
Thanks to Collider, we now know some more details of the film’s actual plot. Scary Stories focuses on teenager Stella Michaels, who’s haunted by the disappearance of her mother on Halloween night years earlier, which she thinks her father knows more about than he admits.
When a Halloween prank goes wrong for Stella and her friends, it looks to be the fault of a ghost, who targets the group after they begin looking into the disappearances of several children. Newly cast as Stella is Zoe Colletti, who appeared in the 2014 remake of Annie.
While it’s disappointing that the script isn’t based on any one story from the books, the current draft is said to somehow include the human scarecrow known as “Harold” and the girl whose face plays host to hatching spider eggs from “The Red Spot.”