There have been rumors for years now that a film adaption of the fucked up childhood book series, “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark”, would come to fruition. These stories, collected and written by Alvin Schwartz and illustrated by Stephen Gammell, were and quite frankly still are, nightmare fuel. I love horror and there’s still illustrations in those books that make me uneasy to look at. If you know my butthole pucker rating for horror movies…Gammell’s illustrations are a full 5 butthole puckers *****.
When the film finally started getting momentum and Guillermo Del Toro was announced as the director, I was hype and had a strong feeling that he wouldn’t let us down. It seems the basic premise is that there are a group of teens who are trying to figure out what is behind a string of unexplained and gruesome deaths in their town (the deaths being inspired by the stories from the books). While I was hoping the movie would be more of an anthology film, focusing on the individual stories rather than one overall theme, the sneak peak he gave us just last night still has me very excited, as it’s a poster for the film depicting the main antagonist from one of my favorite stories – “Harold”. Here’s Gammel’s original horrifying image for those who don’t know or can’t remember:
And here is the official movie poster that Del Toro Tweeted Last night (click to see full image):
It’s everything I wouldn’t have wanted to dream of. The film is set to release August 9, 2019 (the day before my birthday) and I’m looking forward to when we finally get to see a trailer! I know myself and every horror lover that grew up in the 90’s is going to running to the theater (and maybe from it) to see this movie!