Alvin Schwartz’s Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark series was for all intents and purposes a celebrated children’s series, joining R.L Stine’s Goosebumps as a viable segue into the horror genre. Yet the iconic artwork by Stephen Gammell (before they were deemed too disturbing and subsequently redone by Brett Helquist) was the epitome of nightmare fuel, with grotesque and haunting depictions of the book’s characters and ghouls.
Now, years after the books have become a beloved staple, Oscar-winning director Guillermo Del Toro has unveiled the first look at his upcoming passion project, a cinematic rendition of the Schwartz series. With Del Toro producing, and Trollhunter’s Andre Ovredal directing, the first official Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark trailer appears to have successfully worked in several of the classic tales, including fan favorites “Harold” and “The Red Spot.”
Insofar as plot goes, it looks like a group of teenagers discover a book in an abandoned mansion, written by Sara Bellows – classic horror setup. Unfortunately, the book is haunted, and each character is forced to contend with a different supernatural threat. Check out the first look below, and sound off. Will you be checking this one out?