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'Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark': Release date, plot, cast, trailer and everything you need to know about the classic film adaptation

The movie adaptation has been long in the works and will include some of the most popular, scarring stories from the book, such as 'The Red Spot', and the 'Jangly Man'

The classic 1980s collection of horror stories titled 'Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark' is set to hit screens worldwide shortly! Supposedly aimed at children, the original stories from the book have been turned into a film and one of the producers will be the cinematic genius Guillermo del Toro — the man who has blessed us with countless thrillers like 'The Shape of Water', 'Pacific Rim', 'Hellboy', and 'Pan’s Labyrinth'. The movie adaptation has been in the works for a while and will include some of the most popular and scariest stories from the book, such as 'The Red Spot', and the 'Jangly Man'.

Release date

'Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark' is set to arrive on August 9, 2019. 

The poster of 'Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark.' (IMDb)


Based on the children's book series of the same name by Alvin Schwartz, the film will be set in 1968's America. In the small town of Mill Valley, the dark shadows of the Bellows family have hovered for generations. This has largely to do with a mansion on the edge of the town where a young girl called Sarah turns the secrets of her tortured life into a bunch of scary stories that the film will focus on. The plot of the movie kicks off when a group of teenagers finds the timeless book and discover the secret about Sarah's horror house. 


The stories of the original book came from Schwartz, but André Øvredal will helm the film adaptation. Entertainment One (eOne) and CBS Films are financing the project, with Guillermo del Toro as producer and co-writer alongside Øvredal — who handled 2016's brilliant horror slash suspense thriller, 'The Autopsy of Jane Doe'.

Honoree Guillermo del Toro attends the Costume Designers Guild Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 20, 2018, in Beverly Hills, California. (Getty Images)


The ensemble cast has Zoe Margaret Colletti as Stella Nicholls, Michael Garza as Ramón Morales, Austin Zajur as Chuck Steinberg, and Gabriel Rush as Auggie Hilderbrandt. They have been cast as the group of teens who unravel the terrifying secrets of Sarah's horror house.

The cast of 'Scary Movies to Tell in the Dark'. (L-R) André Øvredal, Guillermo del Toro, Zoe Margaret Colletti, Gabriel Rush, Michael Garza, Austin Abrams, Austin Zajur, Natalie Ganzhorn. (IMDb)

Dean Norris, who is best known for his role as Hank Schrader on 'Breaking Bad', joins the cast as Stella's parent, Roy Nicholls. Gil Bellows, who played the role of Tommy in 1994's 'The Shawshank Redemption', plays Chief Turner in 'Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark'. Meanwhile, Lorraine Toussaint, who has appeared on 'The Fosters', 'Rosewood' and Netflix’s 'Orange is the New Black', plays Lou Lou in the movie.


There is an extremely terrifying trailer released for the upcoming movie, which perfectly sets the atmosphere for all the monsters we are about to meet. Check it out below:


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