Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

Where horror and nostalgia meet


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When I was a child, I remembered hugging a plush stuffed animal on my bed at night as I read multiple stories from the book “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.” Written by Alvin Schwartz and illustrated by Stephen Gammell the trilogy was considered to be a children’s horror collection. I was terrified. I mean, the illustrations themselves should be enough to traumatize me. But to be honest, though, those stories are probably what sparked my interest in anything horror and occult.

For so many years, rumors that Guillermo del Toro, filmmaker, author and actor, was going to be involved in bringing these children’s horror books and stories to life. On June 3, CBS Films uploaded the trailer for the movie that everyone has been waiting for.

According to the trailer, “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” will take place in 1968 in a small town called Mill Valley, which seems to be a place where everybody knows everybody. The film follows the Bellows family, who lived in a big mansion on the outskirts of town. Eventually being abandoned, a group of teens decide to venture off into the now lonely mansion. While in the place, they find a book created by a girl named Sarah, who told her stories in a creepy, eerie way. Soon, the lives of the teens have been compromised as the stories on the pages become a reality.

As I watched the trailer, I couldn’t help but feel goosebumps go up and down my body. Something that was a huge part of my childhood is hauntingly being incorporated into my adult years. The movie looks like it can bring in new followers from younger children, and be nostalgic to those my age and older. I am so excited to sit in a dark theatre and see some of my worst nightmares come to life once the movie is out.