The Official ‘Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark’ Trailer is Here to Traumatize a New Generation

CBS Films has released the official trailer for Guillermo del Toro’s Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. Directed by André Øvredal, the movie is based on various stories from the classic children’s book series of the same name by Alvin Schwartz.

A young girl finds a book of scary stories with a group of friends in a haunted house, and soon those stories come to life, with terrifying monsters and creatures starting to pick her friends off one by one. This trailer gives us a closer look at Harold the Scarecrow, as well as the Pale Lady and the Jangly Man. I’m not even sure I can touch upon the horror of thousands of spiders bursting forth from a swollen pimple without dry heaving a bit.

Having been a huge fan of the book series when I was younger, I’m pretty pleased with how the stories are being presented in the trailer as part of a larger overall arc. It definitely appears as if they’re also trying to stay true to the iconic and terrifying illustrations by Stephen Gammell found in Schwartz’s series. I worry a bit about the PG-13 rating, but there seems to be enough creepy imagery in the trailer to keep me interested, and to be fair, the book series was meant for younger readers.

Plot Synopsis:

“It’s 1968 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.”


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

What do you think, Wasteoids? Are you excited for this adaptation of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark? Or do you feel the PG-13 rating will hamper its potential?

Author: Romona Comet

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