'Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark' gets a seriously spooky trailer

Checking out a haunted house is never a good idea in the trailer for Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

Checking out a haunted house is never a good idea in the trailer for Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

Dan Hageman & Kevin Hageman wrote the screenplay based on a story by del Toro and Patrick Melton & Marcus Dunstan. The film is actually directed by Norwegian filmmaker André Øvredal (Trollhunter, The Autopsy of Jane Doe), and it's also co-written by del Toro.

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark was responsible for thousands of "80s and '90s kids" nightmares when it was first published as a series of three children's horror books written by Alvin Schwartz and illustrated by Stephen Gammell in 1981. That's a pretty smart way of turning an anthology book like this into a cohesive film, and the frights are aplenty in this here trailer. But that's the great thing about Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark - it doesn't talk down to its audience, even as it's trying to scare the bejeezus out of them. Except, the young adults' field trip turns deadly when each of these tales seems to become real in their own lives. Set in the tiny town of Mill Valley, the movie follows the Bellows family, which lived on the outskirts of town in a mansion that was eventually abandoned years ago.

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The film looks suitably haunting, but at the same time, it's nearly all-ages enough that it could serve as an introduction to horror for an enterprising kid interested in the visualization of their favorite scary stories.

Based on the books of the same name by Alvin Schwartz and Stephen Gammell, Scary Stories To Tell in the Dark is set in 1968 and follows a group of young children in the town of Mill Valley who discover a odd book written by one Sarah Bellows. But of course, if the characters in Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark did that, there would mostly be a film about them going to drive-in cinemas and attending school, and that's only slightly terrifying.

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