The depths of your nightmares approach as 1212 Entertainment and CBS Films release another poster for André Øvredal’s “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.” The film’s official Twitter page released the image with the quote, “This is an evil place. Flee while you can…”
Øvredal’s film is a loose adaptation on the book series of the same name which first published in the ’80s. The series published three books containing a collection of grim tales that can fright anyone. The plot of the upcoming film veers away from the book’s anthological narrative, instead creating the story of nightmares that become realities to a group of teenagers.
Essentially, each one of the book’s tales had an unnerving character, whether it was our own boogeymen, a ghost, or an unsettling mirage. A key partner in the master craft of the series was the remarkably unsettling imagery sketched by Stephen Gammell. His terror seeps into the trailers as it comes to life on the big screen this summer. In the new poster, we see The Pale Lady from the story titled “The Dream.” Of course, this is hardly a dream.
Oscar winner Guillermo del Toro is among the seven credited screenwriters of the film. This is no “The Shape of Water” outing for the director but there is room for his peculiar ideas to flourish as part of this project. Other writers include Dan Hageman, Kevin Hageman, John August, Marcus Dunstan, Patrick Melton and credit to series creator Alvin Schwartz.
Øvredal is directing, having led the production of his films such as “The Autopsy of Jane Doe” and “Trollhunter.” His work continues as he is also producing his Norwegian fantasy/action film “Mortal.” With del Toro backing the project, it has fans of the series and cinephiles waiting to feast on the fantasy horror.
The film stars Zoe Margaret Colletti, Michael Garza, Austin Zajur, Gabriel Rush and “Breaking Bad”‘s Dean Morris. It will be distributed theatrically in the U.S. by Lionsgate.
“Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” will be released August 9, 2019.