An official Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark sequel is in development, and according to director André Øvredal, the movie will make greater use of those drippy, terrifying Stephen Gammell drawings that made the original book series so memorable. As of now, the sequel appears to be in a holding pattern as Øvredal and company hash out a script, but the filmmaker does promise to tap more into Gammell’s art than he did in the first film.
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If you liked seeing the controversial children’s horror collection Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark adapted on the big screen last year, we have good news. Paramount Pictures is developing a sequel with Entertainment One that will bring back the primary creative team behind the camera and on the page. Read More »
The Last Voyage of the Demeter, a movie set during the events of Dracula, has been in some stage of development for seventeen years. We’re talking almost two decades here, people. I distinctly remember hearing about this project all those years ago and assuming it had long since died. But like Dracula himself, Demeter has risen from the grave – and found itself a director. André Øvredal, who helmed The Autopsy of Jane Doe and the recent Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, is now in talks to helm Demeter for Amblin.
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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 »
Studio horror movies made for teenagers rarely get much better than Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. Based on the books written by Alvin Schwartz and illustrated by Stephen Gammell, the horror movie has a more classical than modern approach to its scares. André Øvredal‘s movie relies almost entirely on tension, not jump scares, although it delivers on those, too.
Executive produced by Guillermo del Toro, Øvredal’s movie has a similar handmade quality to its mostly practical monsters: The Pale Lady, the Jangly Man, the Toe Monster, and Harold the Scarecrow. The four of them are as nightmare-inducing as the unshakeable illustrations of the original books. As Hoai-Tran Bui wrote in her review, “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.”
Øvredal took some time to tell us about those thrills and modern effects during a recent phone interview, but if you’ve yet to see the movie, you may want to wait to read what he had to say about movie’s scariest scenes. Some minor spoilers lie ahead.
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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 »
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark was responsible for thousands of ’80s and ’90s kids’ nightmares when it was first published as a series of three children’s horror books written by Alvin Schwartz and illustrated by Stephen Gammell in 1981. Now the upcoming feature film adaptation will traumatize a whole new generation of children. Executive producer Guillermo del Toro and director André Øvredal will be bringing the scariest collection of spooky tales to the big screen for kids of all ages with imagery and body horror that seems more fit for an R-rated film. Watch the new Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark trailer below.
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A little over a year ago, word broke that Stephen King‘s The Long Walk would be strutting its way onto the big screen. Now, The Long Walk movie has found its director. André Øvredal, who helmed The Autopsy of Jane Doe and the upcoming Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, will bring King’s dystopian story of teens forced to compete in a deadly marathon.
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Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, the book filled tales of terror that traumatized children for years, leaps off the page and onto the big screen this summer. Executive producer Guillermo del Toro and director André Øvredal hope to scare the hell out of kids of all ages with their film adaptation, which takes several of the iconic tales from the books and inserts them into an overarching narrative. Watch the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark 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 »