Move over Goosebumps, it’s time for Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark to get some big screen terrifying time.
Originally a series of three compendiums of short stories based on folklore and compiled by Alvin Schwartz, what was key to the fright-factor was the incredible illustrations by Stephen Gammell.
So, how to bring these to life? Well, having Guillermo del Toro involved is a darned good start! He’s co-written this screen adaptation, as well as executive producing. Meanwhile, The Autopsy of Jane Doe and Trollhunter director André Øvredal has called the shots on it.
The story is set in the small town of Mill Valley in late 1960s America. A group of teenagers discover a book full of scary stories that has transcended time, and these tales soon become all too real for the group.
Here’s our first look at Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark – with the second creepy-ish take on Somewhere Over the Rainbow that we’ve encountered in a trailer today.