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‘Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark’ Is Getting Big Screen Treatment!!!

What do you get when you mix scary stories with the writers of some of the Saw films? Presumably pure awesomeness.

One of my favorite childhood books is getting adapted as CBS Films has sprung for a pitch from Saw, Piranha 3DD, Pacific Rim and Feast writers Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan to adapt Alvin Schwartz’s classic spooky tale collection “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark,” Deadline reports.

There was a competitive bidding for the project, which will see Melton and Dunstan adapt some of the “Scary” short stories into a screenplay “about a group of outcast kids who stand up to their fears to save their town when nightmares come to life.

Sean Daniel and Jason Brown of Sean Daniel Company and Elizabeth Grave of 1212 Entertainment will produce.

Daniels and Brown initially optioned rights before teaming up with Melton and Dunstan, who are repped by WME and Trevor Engelson at Underground.



  • EvilHead1981

    The idea of some of these short stories being made into a movie makes me interested. Even hearing it is about a group of kids facing their fears to save their town has me interested(I’ve always been totally FOR “kid horror”). Sure, an anthology format might work BEST, but if they rework some of these creepy stories into the “fears” these kids face, so be it. The only thing that has me worried is Dunstan and Melton. They are totally hit or miss(IMO, more misses than hits).

  • bambi_lives8980

    Oh shit yes! I had this book when I was young, and it totally scared the shit out of me! Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan are awesome writers too, I’ve absolutely loved in some way everything they’ve written (the Saw sequels they did were better than the average Saw sequels as well) so I have high hopes for how this turns out.

  • jaxx367

    Huge fan of this book series. They should definetly bring some of these stories to life. Most of these still give me nightmares, LOL

  • JohnnyVoorhees

    The pictures wee always scarier than the stories themselves.

  • johnnydakota

    When I was a kid the only books anyone wanted to check out from the library was this book and Calvin and Hobbs. I approve of this.

  • ThunderDragoon

    Great news. I’ll be keeping an eye on this project.

  • divisionbell

    No way! I always loved these books. Now sure how to retain their magic (especially the awesome illustrations) into a film, but I’ll be damn curious to see how it’s done!

  • divisionbell

    Id love to see Christopher Gans helm this one

  • Voorhees83

    It was the author that made the stories, the artist that drew the pictures and the amazing voice that did the audio books that made these stories magical. Not sure what anyone else can do.

  • “Presumably pure awesomeness”? really? not only does the author of this article mention that these were some of the writers of the saw sequels (which is enough to raise an eyebrow), but actually name drops pirhana 3dd as one of their credits…

    i’m all for kid horror and hope this does well, but my expectation lies solely in the source material, not in the team handling its adaptation.

    • EvilHead1981

      Why do you bring up Dunstan and Melton’s credits if you aren’t worried about their handling of this adaptation? Just wondering.

      Besides, the stories are good. They are the pre-web versions of Creepypasta, a collection of creepy stories, poems/songs and urban legends(that no doubt inspired a lot of writers in the Creepypasta community).

  • aka_scream

    I hope this does not disappoint! I am quite excited for these stories to be adapted.

  • MrDraper37

    I bought this book at a school bookfair when I was in 1st or 2nd grade & I read these stories over & over & over! I loved them, they scared the hell out of me! i’m looking forward to seeing a bigscreen adaptation, i just hope it doesn’t suck. The illustrations were scary as shit! Especially the one about the little boy who dug up and shared the toewith his mama for dinner. I had so many nightmares!! I love it!

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