André Øvredal has proven himself a creatively terrifying voice of contemporary horror, presiding over creepy modern classics such as The Autopsy of Jane Doe and Troll Hunter.
And now the Norwegian director steering Alvin Schwartz’ nightmarishly iconic children’s book series, Scary Stories To Tell In the Dark, for the silver screen. Yes, those eerie illustrations are now full blown, cinematic monsters.
Don’t be fooled by the innocent sounding book source. Produced by the darkly imaginative Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water), this film is not hecking around.
Clips of the upcoming horror were shown at Super Bowl, teasing ‘Red Spot,’ ‘Pale Lady,’ ‘Jangly Man’ and ‘The Big Toe’. And the audience were no doubt wishing they had brought their comfort blankets along…
The teaser clips are short but effective, and will bring you right back to being awake at night as a child, left frozen with fright at the sound of a creak on the stairs.
The ‘Big Toe’ clip particularly got me, with the refrain ‘whose got my big toe?’ still having the power to leave me breathless with fear.
The visuals of the undead woman searching for her severed toe are almost as unnerving as they had once been behind my nine-year-old eyelids once the whole house was in darkness.
You can watch the clips for yourself below:
As reported by Toofab.com, he official synopsis for Scary Stories To Tell In the Dark is as follows:
It’s l968 in America. Change is blowing in the wind…but seemingly far removed from the unrest in the cities is the small town of Mill Valley where for generations, the shadow of the Bellows family has loomed large.
It is in their mansion on the edge of town that Sarah, a young girl with horrible secrets, turned her tortured life into a series of scary stories, written in a book that has transcended time—stories that have a way of becoming all too real for a group of teenagers who discover Sarah’s terrifying tome.
Not gonna lie. A movie for Scary Stories to tell in the Dark has me excited. Those books and their pictures are forever burned into my brain.
— Billy Totten (@BT_Phone_Home) February 4, 2019
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.
— John Squires (@FreddyInSpace) February 2, 2019
The clips have been received with an appreciative shiver, with many people recalling the characters who stalked their childhood nightmares with a mixture of dread and anticipation.
One Creepypasta contributor commented:
Okay, this looks amazing! The books this is based on were an inspiration to horror producers such as myself. Without them, I probably would never have started writing my own!
I had all the books when I was a kid, and grew up poring through the notes and sources to learn as much as I could about where these spooky tales came from. Can’t wait to see the film!
Another person shuddered:
Let the childhood trauma of 30 something year olds commence.
I'm ready for the "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark" movie.
I've been ready my whole life. pic.twitter.com/8XxWEnzpvo
— 💀Trevor🍂 (@slimyswampghost) February 3, 2019
Some of y’all didn’t read “scary stories to tell in the dark” and it shows pic.twitter.com/23vkHutg3P
— Kathy🥀 (@kathym242) February 3, 2019
With a script penned by Daniel Hageman, Kevin Hageman and Guillermo del Toro, the film will star Zoe Colletti, Michael Garza, Gabriel Rush, Austin Abrams, Dean Norris, Kathleen Pollard, Gil Bellows, Lorraine Toussaint, Austin Zajur and Natalie Ganzhorn.
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark will be spilling popcorn all over your seat from August 9, 2019 onwards.
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Jules studied English Literature with Creative Writing at Lancaster University before earning her masters in International Relations at Leiden University in The Netherlands (Hoi!). She then trained as a journalist through News Associates in Manchester. Jules has previously worked as a mental health blogger, copywriter and freelancer for various publications.