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Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark Will Scar Even More Children As a Movie


Children and adults, rather. I don’t care how many decades it’s been, you don’t get over Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.

Deadline reports that CBS Film is the winner of a bidding war to adapt Alvin Schwartz’s Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, that most terrifying of children’s horror anthologies. The pair behind the adaptation are Saw writers Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan, and if that’s not perfect then I don’t know what is.

According to Deadline the film will be about “a group of outcast kids who stand up to their fears to save their town when nightmares come to life.” So like Monster Squad with urban legends instead of monsters. And presumably sans mention of Wolfman nards (though we can hope).

This is the second nostalgia-laden kid’s horror movie in the pipeline; there’s also the Goosebumps movie, which last we heard was possibly about a horror author whose creations come alive. Both films have nice wayd to include multiple stories into a single movie, then. Though Goosebumps will look like child’s play compared to Scary Stories.

Child’s play with a creepy ventriloquist dummy. But still.

(via: Deadline)

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  • Lindsay Beaton

    It wasn’t even the stories so much as the artwork-straight-from-your-worst-nightmares. That book STILL makes me shudder!

  • Saraquill

    As long as the movie evokes the bowel-evacuating imagery of the books, I’ll be satisfied. For me, the pictures were the point of the series.

  • http://runt.org/ Adrian

    Wolfman’s got nards…. o_o

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qu6L9pG_E6o

    A piece of cinematic history, my friends.

  • http://readingwatchinglookingandstuff.blogspot.com/ Janna

    If they faithfully adapt the stories and visuals, this has gotta be an R.

  • Rob Payne

    I credit these books with my lifelong affection for horror. Like others have said, those covers still creep me right the hell out.

  • Brittany K

    Oh how I’d love to see a black and white animated version done by Stephen Gammell. I don’t know if I feel bad for kids growing up with new editions, or jealous that they don’t have some of those images seared into their brains for life. I’m a huge horror fan and can watch practically any horror movie without blinking an eye, but I can only read a couple of stories from these books before getting too creeped out to continue. Which, of course, is why I’ve read the book over and over :D

  • Anonymous

    I love those books, and particularly love the audiobook versions (I still enjoy listening to “The Curse” on audiobook).