‘Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark’ Teases Four Terrifying Creatures; Here's Everything We Know So Far

‘Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark’ Teases Four Terrifying Creatures; Here's Everything We Know So Far

Feb 04, 2019

If you’re a child of the ‘80s or ‘90s, you’re familiar with Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. The series of children’s books, written by Alvin Schwartz and initially illustrated by Stephen Gammell, were staples of every boy and girl’s book shelf and provided so many of them with so many nightmares. Now there’s a movie adaptation of some of the bone-chilling tales found in the pages of that iconic collection. 

Our first look at the movie came in the form of four brief teasers aired during Super Bowl LIII, and they definitely look terrifying — especially for the younger audience these books were written for. Is the movie version still aiming for that same crowd? Maybe on the older end of the originally intended age range. Check out those TV spots down below after reading everything we know about the adaptation.

Is the movie based on specific stories?

Rather than adapting any one story or multiple stories into an anthology movie, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark will feature an original tale inspired by various classics from the books, similar to the Goosebumps movies. The plot follows a group of kids who must overcome their fears in order to save their small town, where a bunch of strange, horrific deaths have been occurring, which sounds like it should appeal to fans of It

Who is producing the adaptation?

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is another passion project for Guillermo del Toro, who was once potentially going to direct the movie, too. He developed the adaptation for a few years and came up with the story that the script is based on but ultimately found someone else to take the helm. 

Who directed the movie?

Norwegian filmmaker André Øvredal, who is best known for helming the foreign found-footage cult classic Trollhunter and the American indie horror movie The Autopsy of Jane Doe, is directing Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark in del Toro’s place. 

Who wrote the script?

There have been a few names attached as screenwriters over the years working with del Toro’s idea and an original draft penned by Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton, who wrote a number of Saw sequels as well as Piranha 3DD and The Collection. Their script was redone by John August (Frankenweenie), who was then replaced by Dan and Kevin Hageman, who worked on The Lego Movie and Hotel Transylvania as well as del Toro’s animated Trollhunters series (which has nothing to do with Øvredal’s Trollhunter movie).

Who are the stars of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark?

The young cast of the movie consists of Zoe Colletti (Wildlife), Michael Garza (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1), Austin Abrams (Paper Towns), Austin Zajur (Fist Fight), Gabriel Rush (The Grand Budapest Hotel) and Natalie Ganzhorn (The Night Before Halloween). They’re joined by adult actors Dean Norris (Breaking Bad), Gil Bellows (The Shawshank Redemption) and del Toro staple Doug Jones (The Shape of Water), who is portraying a monster known as “The Jangly Man.”

When does it come out?

Lionsgate will release Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark on August 9, 2019.

Watch four teaser TV spots:

The first teaser features Doug Jones’ Jangly Man, who isn’t from the books.


The second teaser is based on the story “The Big Toe.”


The third teaser features the Pale Lady from the story “The Dream.”


The fourth teaser is based on the story “The Red Spot.” 


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