If you’re in any way familiar with Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, you surely have those haunting, nightmarish illustrations burned in the back of your brain.
Alvin Schwartz’ three-book series – released between 1981 and 1991 – brought terror to young minds and prepared an entire generation for a love of the macabre. The series received a divisive facelift for its 30th anniversary release with new artwork by Brett Helquist to replace Stephen Gammell’s original illustrations.
When it was announced that Guillermo Del Toro was working on a film version of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, fans of the books started to wonder about the aesthetic of the end product.
Thankfully, Birth.Movies.Death news editor, Scott Wampler, asked what we’ve all been thinking. In his simple and unexpected response, Guillermo Del Toro confirmed that Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark will indeed honor the stunning artwork by Stephen Gammell.
According to Collider, it’s been reported that the film will feature two terribly haunting characters from stories that appeared in Scary Stories 3: More Tales to Chill Your Bones; the human scarecrow from “Harold” and the girl who gave us all arachnophobia in “The Red Spot”
Director André Øvredal (The Autopsy of Jane Doe, TrollHunter) took the reins from Guillermo Del Toro, who was initially set to direct. Now serving as a producer, Del Toro has adapted the script with writers Daniel and Kevin Hageman.
The film’s ensemble cast includes Zoe Colletti (Annie), Austin Abrams (The Walking Dead), Michael Garza (Wayward Pines), Gabriel Rush (Moonrise Kingdom), Austin Zajur (Fist Fight), and Natalie Ganzhorn (The Stanley Dynamic).
An official synopsis tells that Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark will follow Stella Michaels (Colletti), a young girl still haunted by her mother’s disappearance on Halloween night — an incident that she suspects her father knows more about than he lets on. Years later, Stella and her friends are involved in a Halloween prank gone wrong.
But are they really at fault, or was it the work of a vengeful spirit — a female ghost who uses her scary stories to come after the teens when they begin to investigate the disappearance of several children?
Only time will tell. We don’t have a release date yet, but filming in Toronto is currently underway.