If you haven't already heard the news, master of macabre Guillermo del Toro is currently developing a film adaptation of the 1984 classic horror trilogy Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, written by Alvin Schwartz. 80s and 90s kids will probably remember the books for both the super creepy stories and Stephen Gammell's deeply unsettling illustrations. Del Toro confirmed the news last year, tweeting a photo of himself beside of a few prints of the original artwork:
If you are unfamiliar with del Toro's genius for some tragic reason, take your pic from any of the following films for a rainy day watch: Pan's Labyrinth, Pacific Rim, Crimson Peak, The Devil's Backbone, or Hellboy. He directed all of them, and they're all darn enjoyable.
As it's still in development, we don't yet have a sense of the project's timeline. But we do know that it'll be released under CBS Films, with a script by John August (Go, Big Fish, Frankenweenie).
If you're a horror fan who still hasn't peeked inside Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, you can grab your copy on Amazon here. Though it was created for children, the ghost stories and urban myths contained in the trilogy are spooky enough to scare readers of any age! Especially the infamous story, "Red Spot,” in which millions of spiders hatch out of a girl's face. She thought she just had a pimple, but she was very, very wrong!
...It really doesn't get worse than that.
Can you remember which tale from Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark frightened you the most?? Let us know in the comment section below.