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Guillermo del Toro's 'Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark' Has A Plot And Lead Actress

By Jodi Smith | Industry | August 23, 2018 |

By Jodi Smith | Industry | August 23, 2018 |


Any child that ever read Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark never, ever forgot the experience. From the creepy simplicity of the appalling tales by Alvin Schwartz coupled with the terror-inducing illustrations of Stephen Gammell wormed their way into the tiny minds and stole their sleep multiple times over the years. That’s why the book series is the best horror series for young kids, although many groups believe the books should be banned from school-aged children for the same reasons it’s awesome.

In 2016, Guillermo del Toro made the announcement that he was making the book series into a live-action film and Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark fans rejoiced. The gorgeous atmosphere and attention to detail del Toro brings to every one of his movies is a perfect match for this adaptation. Even an anthology flick with multiple stories being told by del Toro would make me ecstatic. The aesthetics of films like Crimson Peak or El Orfanato paired with “The Haunted House” or “Harold” would be nearly flawless. Alas, del Toro passed directing the film onto André Øvredal (Trollhunters, The Autopsy of Jane Doe), which, based on his previous works, bodes well. del Toro is still producing and has written at least a draft of the script.


Speaking of the script, a possible synopsis and lead actress have been revealed.

According to CBS Films, Scary Stories follows a group of teens who must solve the mystery surrounding a wave of horrific deaths in their small town. via Collider

Zoe Colletti nabbed the lead role of Stella Michaels, a girl whose mother disappeared on Halloween night. She and the characters yet to be cast then start investigating whether someone is using stories from a book to kill and terrorize people in their town. I haven’t seen it, but does this sound like the Jack Black Goosebumps movie? I’d like to be excited, but it just sounds rote and disappointing at this time in the process. Since there is no confirmed release date yet, del Toro and Øvredal have plenty of time to move in a new direction if they choose.

Jodi Smith is a Senior Reporter, Film & Television at Pajiba. You can email her or follow her on Twitter.

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Image sources (in order of posting): Stephen Gammell, Legendary Pictures