Lionsgate and CBS Films have released the first teaser trailer for the upcoming feature film adaption of Alvin Schwartz and Stephen Gammell’s Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. The film follows a group of young teens who must solve the mystery surrounding the sudden and macabre deaths in their small town.
From the dark imagination of Guillermo del Toro, based on the iconic book series, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark stars Zoe Colletti (Annie), Austin Abrams (Brad’s Status, Tragedy Girls), Gabriel Rush (The Grand Budapest Hotel), Michael Garza (Wayward Pines, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1), Austin Zajur (Fist Fight, Kidding), Dean Norris (Breaking Bad), Gil Bellows (Patriot) and Lorraine Toussaint (Into The Badlands) and Natalie Ganzhorn (Make it Pop, Wet Bum). The trailer comes is the first footage shown since four (very quick) TV spots were aired during Super Bowl LIII back in February.
Check out the first teaser trailer for Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark below:
Quick glimpses of Harold the Scarecrow, the Pale Lady and plenty of dark and terrifying imagery (seriously, is this actually PG-13?). A lot of the footage was teased individually during the Super Bowl, but there is so much visual splendor to this thing that it’s enough to get us excited for the film’s upcoming summer release.
CBS Films acquired the rights to the film adaptation back in 2013. In 2014, writer John August was brought on board to pen the movie and in January 2016, it was announced that Guillermo del Toro would develop the project with CBS Films and potentially direct the adaptation. Dan and Kevin Hageman (who worked extensively as writers on del Toro’s Netflix animated series Trollhunters) were brought on to polish August’s original draft. Del Toro then announced that he would take a swipe at the screenplay in April of 2018 before permanently announcing he was not directing and that André Øvredal (The Autopsy of Jane Doe, Trollhunter) would be taking the reigns.
Based on the children’s horror books written by Alvin Schwartz and illustrated by Stephen Gammell, the horror series consisted of three books titled Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (1981), More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (1984), and Scary Stories 3: More Tales to Chill Your Bones (1991). Schwartz heavily researched a wide range of folklore and urban legends to base his stories around.
The official synopsis for the film is as follows:
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 tomb.
Additionally, CBS Film and Lionsgate released a brand new poster for the film in anticipation of the trailer’s release. Featuring the horrifying Pale Lady from the original books, this is the third poster after the Harold the Scarecrow teaser – released with the Super Bowl spots – and the “Oh yes, there will be spiders” poster from earlier this week. Check them all out below:
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark set to be released on August 9, 2019.
Source: CBS Films, Lionsgate