Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark has an intimdating legacy to live up to. The collection of horror stories by Alvin Schwartz has been beloved by nearly four decades of children, with tales that are terrifying enough to be kid friendly but also bring a fright. A big part of what made these books so successful (and controversial) are the inky, grotesque illustrations by Stephen Gammell, and the crew of the film adaptation went to great lengths to recreate those illustrations in real life. You can see how they did it with the character known as “The Corpse” in the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark make-up featurette below. Read More »
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is a title a simple as it is effective — it warns of the unknown lurking in the dark while crooking a finger to invite you in. “Listen, at your own risk,” Alvin Schwartz‘s collection of scary stories for children seems to say, welcoming only the most daring of thrill-seekers. But more than just a mere compilation of scary campfire stories, Schwartz’s three-book collection of urban myths and legends has transcended the oral histories of its stories to become a cultural giant in its own right. Stephen Gammell’s drawings grotesque and ghostly illustrations helped cement the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark books, published between 1981 and 1991, as staples of many a horror lover’s childhood.
André Øvredal‘s feature film adaptation of Schwartz’s beloved children’s books is heavily inspired by the Gammell’s macabre drawings, so unnervingly so that one could mistake this as a horror film for a much older audience. But Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is very much geared toward a younger audience, one that will surely embrace the film as a classic for a new generation of horror lovers. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark effectively captures the primal horror of campfire stories while doing justice by Schwartz’s creepy designs in a marriage of old-fashioned practical thrills and sleek modern effects.
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Even though Halloween is still over two months away, it’s never to early to get a jump start on some terror. This weekend brings the release of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, the adaptation of the popular collection of spooky tales written by by Alvin Schwartz and memorably illustrated by Stephen Gammell. The book’s legacy sets the bar high for a film adaptation, but a new Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark featurette and TV spot from the movie show us how the famed illustrations from the book are being brought to life. Read More »
Guillermo del Toro has been a fan of the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark books since he was in his early teens, when he stumbled across them in a bookstore and was struck by the perfect title and creepy artwork. “It really was like having a campfire between those two covers,” he explained at a press event for the film in Hollywood yesterday. During a tough time in his life, del Toro even purchased Stephen Gammell’s original artwork that appeared in the books despite being “really, really broke” at the time. That decision “led to a lot of financial trouble, and marital problems,” he joked, because “you cannot justify a buy like that.” But it sounds like he needed to posses those pieces, and his passion for those images and author Alvin Schwartz’s words led him to eventually help adapt the book into a screenplay and produce this upcoming adaptation.
Read on to find out how del Toro found the right director to translate this material for the silver screen, how they largely used practical effects for the film’s unnerving-looking creatures, which stories made it into the screenplay, the film’s anticipated rating, and even a couple of updates on del Toro’s long-brewing adaptations of The Haunted Mansion and At The Mountains of Madness. Read More »
Sad sick teens are becoming par for the course in Hollywood, but if you’ve got to watch a romantic teen weepy, why not see one with the rising stars from Columbus and Riverdale? Haley Lu Richardson and Cole Sprouse play the unrealistically gorgeous teens suffering from cystic fibrosis, who meet and fall in love — despite the shared sickness forcing them apart. Watch the latest Five Feet Apart trailer below.
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If you were a kid in the 1980s or early 1990s, there’s a good chance that you encountered the children’s book series Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. Drawing from folklore and urban legends, the book series written by Alvin Schwartz was made all the more terrifying thanks to the inky, twisted illustrations by Stephen Gammell. Now the book series is coming to life in a film adaptation produced by Guillermo del Toro, and the first Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark trailer (or rather a series of mini-trailers) shows us the kind of terror we can expect. Read More »
If The Fault in Our Stars warmed your heart and also made you stream crocodile tears, then you’re probably already looking forward to Five Feet Apart. Not unlike the aforementioned adaptation of John Green’s book, this movie follows a 17-year old girl named Stella (Haley Lu Richardson of Split) who is afflicted with cystic fibrosis, keeping her confined to a hospital and unable to make human contact. That becomes all the more challening when she meets a fellow cystic fibrosis patient named Will (Cole Sprouse of Riverdale), who is a bit of a rebel that makes Stella question what she should really be concerned about with life.
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Who knew that the “sick teen weepy” would become an automatic greenlight for Hollywood studio executives? After The Fault in Our Stars made over $300 million worldwide in 2014, there have been several attempts to recapture that lightning in a bottle.
The latest is Five Feet Apart, which stars Columbus and Edge of Seventeen‘s Haley Lu Richardson as a girl with cystic fibrosis. She meets a character played by Riverdale hunk Cole Sprouse who also has that condition, and even though doctors dictate that they must keep a certain amount of distance between them for their own safety…well, love is a powerful thing. Check out the first trailer below. Read More »
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Guillermo del Toro and André Øvredal‘s Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark movie adaptation is moving forward at CBS Films and Entertainment One. The film will adapt Alvin Schwartz‘s terrifying, traumatizing folklore-inspired horror stories to the big screen. The Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark movie begins filming this summer.
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