I remember the Scary Stories books vividly. I like so many others came across them in the libraries of my youth, and their terrifying images stuck with me well into adulthood. I didn’t even like horror much, besides the occasional Goosebumps book going around, but these short story collections inspired a curiosity in me that just needed to be satisfied — I needed to see the pictures and I needed to figure out what the heck I was I looking at.

Just when I thought I’d seen the last of that creepy woman with the beady eyes and stringy hair and terribly deformed face, they announced the film adaptation of the series, complete with a poster and a Super Bowl spot. And as terrifying as those books were, the thought of a movie version of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is nothing short of exciting.


The titular character from the gruesome short story “Harold” is depicted on the first promo image. Source: Lionsgate.

The film will be directed by André Øvredal (The Autopsy of Jane Doe) and produced by visual mastermind Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of WaterPan’s Labyrinth), and from the first images, it’s clear that they intended to stick to Stephen Gammell’s original illustrations as closely as possible.

The movie will take a similar approach to the Goosebumps films, in which some children stumble upon a book by the name and the terror filled stories start to come to life.

Click below to watch the Super Bowl trailer compilation, which introduces 4 characters from the upcoming adaptation:

From these trailers, it’s clear the team behind this movie knows how iconic these stories were, and they want to get them right. By the looks of it, they’ve got it nailed. Like Harold. *Shutters*

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark will be released August 9, 2019. 

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