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Guillermo del Toro Scares Your Childhood With ‘Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark’!

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Some huge news that hits many of us right in the childhood nostalgia feels is coming out of Hollywood as it’s being reported that Guillermo del Toro will be producing and potentially directing a film adaptation of “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark“, the controversial ghost story book from Alvin Schwartz and artist Stephen Gammell! The project comes from CBS Films and will also be produced by Sean Daniel, Jason Brown and Elizabeth Grave.

Del Toro also said something very interesting via Twitter regarding the visual style of the film: “To answer some questions on Scary Stories- of course we WILL have Stephen Gammell’s imagery be preeminent on the film! Yeah!!

The three-book children’s series has sold more than 7 million copies worldwide, beginning with 1981′s “Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark,” continuing with “More Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark” (1984) and “Scary Stories 3: More Tales To Chill Your Bones” (1991).

While the stories weren’t that spooky, the original artwork by Gammell was absolutely terrifying, creating nightmare fuel for generations. In fact, the art drew such controversy that some places banned the book because it was deemed too scary for the youthful.

I have my copy of the trilogy on my shelf and I’m looking at it while I type this. It’s a staple of my library and I’ll make sure that when I have kids that they’ll be introduced to that book. It’s going to become tradition, whether they like it or not!

[H/T Deadline]

  • Seal Clubber

    This has the potential to be awesome ! I remember reading these when I was really young (6 or so). My buddy and I would sit in the crawl space in the dark and read these by flashlight. I can;t remember the stories too well (except one where someone looses their head and someone, feeling for this person, fells the bloody stump where the head should be and a velvet collar) but the artwork …. for someone as young as I was those pictures were extremely spooky !!

  • huntermc

    Great, another project that Del Toro has announced and will probably be cancelled before it comes to fruition.

  • CaseX

    Project #4,576,586,329,001,378,374 that del Toro’s name is attached to.

    • James

      THANK YOU. I won’t be holding my breath on this one.

  • Christopher Thomas

    I wore these books out from my school library growing up. I now own all 3 in hardcover and are proudly displayed with the rest of my book collection.

  • jasonlives1986

    Looking back on my childhood and how pc the culture is today, I can’t believe these were allowed in my school

    • wehoaks

      uch you and PC. Ever think maybe your outdated views are just fucking wrong and no wants to put up with bullshit anymore?

      • Samael

        I think you misread his post. He’s saying that based on how PC everything is now, he can’t believe there was a point where they would have been allowed. He’s not saying they shouldn’t be in schools.

        • wehoaks

          I didn’t say he said they shouldn’t be allowed in schools. I just know his posts and his uses PC to the point of nausea. He blames “PC culture” for a lot of things he doesn’t like. And again “PC everything is now” – maybe people just aren’t dicks anymore and will call out those who are. The people who run to PC most are the ones who want to say vile shit.

        • jasonlives1986

          Hell blame his reading comprehension on my grammar. That’s how he works.

          • wehoaks

            *He’ll

          • jasonlives1986

            Yawn

          • wehoaks

            He’ll.

          • jasonlives1986

            But hert

          • wehoaks

            Female ghostbusters BRAH

      • jasonlives1986

        Then maybe you shouldn’t stalk and provoke people for no reason. Sad life.

        • wehoaks

          Says the guy that when he can’t say something shitty anymore without consequence blames it on people being too PC and not on his stupid self.

          AND STALK bahahahaha – moron. Yes clicking on this article and reading your comment is stalking.

          • jasonlives1986

            Stalking indeed.

            Not my fault this book is on the top 10 banned books in schools.

            Maybe you like the PC culture but I believe you’re allowed to say and do whatever you want, no matter how retarded you haw hawk boi

          • wehoaks

            I don’t think not being racist and scared of people because of their color, sexuality, or religion or the fact that WOMEN are in movies is PC culture. I think it’s just me not being a shitstain dumbass.

            And who the fuck is talking banned books? I never once said shit about that.

          • jasonlives1986

            You generalized my statement about pc to mean that I can’t say racist things.

            But hey bro, that’s cool.

          • wehoaks

            Remember when you lost your shit because they cast four women in a film?

          • jasonlives1986

            Nope. If you can’t remember what that debate was about, it’s not worth rehashing.

          • wehoaks

            WOMEN IN FILMS MAN. WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY

          • jasonlives1986

            Cause they pussies smell. Eww

          • wehoaks

            I feel sorry for your daughter.

          • jasonlives1986

            Im a Virgin.

          • wehoaks

            *I’m.

          • jasonlives1986

            Well that makes 2 of us.

          • wehoaks

            You’re five.

          • jasonlives1986

            Ur 5£

          • jasonlives1986

            5*

          • christopher

            You two are super cute together.

          • jasonlives1986

            Yea. So.

          • wehoaks

            boring.

          • jasonlives1986

            This book is on a top 10 list of most banned books in the US school system and has been since 91, that’s what I meant by pc culture today.

            When I was in school in the 90s this book was freely available.

            Not it’s too violent.

            But what do I know, let me just conform to your opinions.

          • wehoaks

            PC CULTURE BRAH

          • jasonlives1986

            I’m just waiting for you to get on your alter ego account

            I like that one better

          • wehoaks

            Oh god you’re such a dork. WOMEN IN FILM MAAAAAAAAAAAAN

          • jasonlives1986

            But hert

          • wehoaks

            *Butt hurt.

          • jasonlives1986

            Oh gawd. Dude fall furr it

          • wehoaks

            Good one???????

            At least I’ve never gotten mad at movie for casting WOMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMYN!

            AHJAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH

          • jasonlives1986

            That’s 2 bawd

          • wehoaks

            And you know who bans books – right wing Christian fucksticks that’s who.

          • jasonlives1986

            And the 50 other BD articles covering this movie the last 3 years.

            First time I’ve been accused of either right wing or being a Christian. Another generalization from the retard.

          • wehoaks

            So I said “you’re a right wing christian?” Not everything is about you you fucking moron.

          • jasonlives1986

            maybe I’m just a retarded smelly pussy.

            Oh gawd.

          • wehoaks

            Now you finally make sense.

          • jasonlives1986

            Thanks bruh.

          • wehoaks

            Okay byeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.

          • jasonlives1986

            I HAVE SPOKEN

          • wehoaks

            All you fuckwits are so egomaniacal.

          • jasonlives1986

            I suppose that none of your condescending tone have anything to do with any of it lol

          • wehoaks

            “me me me me me me me me me” – Jasonlives1986

          • jasonlives1986

            Define the kind of bread good for you

          • wehoaks

            “MEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE” – Jasonlives1986

          • jasonlives1986

            🙂

          • wehoaks

            “MEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE” – Jasonlives1986

          • jasonlives1986

            I’m finally famous.

          • wehoaks

            “MEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE” – Jasonlives1986

          • jasonlives1986

            Well fuck

          • wehoaks

            “MEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE” – Jasonlives1986

          • jasonlives1986

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          • wehoaks

            You’re generalizing yourself on your own. Dope.

          • jasonlives1986

            Are*

          • wehoaks

            He’ll.

  • Nick Furman

    Christopher Thomas they sell these in Hardcover now? I remember these from in school when I was a kid.

  • TH3J4CK4L

    Not sure how this is gonna work. It’s a shame that the schools pacified the artwork in the re release. I also disagree that the stories weren’t that scary. The story contributed just as much to the way you looked at the picture. The stories were also very grim,violent and dripping,just the same as the artwork,with a very uneasy Pallette of greys.

    • Lirabelle

      There were quite a few that I found scary in their own right, though the pictures definitely amplified the nightmare fuel. The one with the creepy woman with scraggly black hair still gives me the heeby jeebies, and someone on the internet was cruel enough to make a gif of her with blinking eyes.

      Excuse me, I have a corner to curl up in to.

  • GinsuVictim

    I don’t even recall the stories….it’s the artwork. Man…..the artwork…..
    (curls up into fetal position and starts sucking thumb…)

  • Vader the White

    I’ve always have loved scary things. I remember watching Are You Afraid of the Dark? and more ghost shows than you can shake a proton pack at. The artwork in these books scared the shit out of me. And then it scared the shit out of my shit.

  • Grimphantom

    Haven’t we seen this news before?

    • khail19

      Previously on del Torro’s “Imagine if I make a movie adaptation of something…”

      • Grimphantom

        Yeah i know but it does seem that they mention the same thing from the last one.

  • Stories weren’t that spooky? Um, yeah they were.

    Even more spooky when the original narrator reads them. I’m sure they have these audio stories on youtube.

    • Lirabelle

      I found the original stories to be freaky and when combined with the dark artwork an endless sea of nightmares was born.

  • Peter Johnson

    Yes! Oh God, yes! These books were, especially the images, are scarier than any horror movie to come in the past decade or so (there is a reason it was banned from many libraries).

  • Ben_Jammin

    They should have one of the stories as a teaser trailer–a perfect one in my opinion would be “What Do You Come For?”

    • i thought this as well! i’d use “You May Be The Next”, have little kids slowly sing the song, building up to the title card. chills.

  • DarklingMagick

    Now if only they would restore the original illustrations. The current edition has “More kid friendly” illustrations by a different artist. Alvin Schwartz wrote a lot of great children’s books, I had just about everything he had ever written as a kid, and In a Dark Dark Room was one of the first two books I can recall reading myself.

  • Matt Carpenter

    Only if it’s animated and in the original style.

  • Dee

    Another day, another announcement from Del Toro.

  • Halloween_Vic

    My childhood dream has been answered. As a kid I used to love reading this book over and over. The artwork fit so perfectly that it’s what made the stories even creepier. And to be honest Del Toro is the perfect guy for this, IM EXCITEDDD!!!!!

    • khail19

      I was you back when del Toro announced an H.P. Lovecraft movie… I live in a present where it doesn’t exist still.

  • Biji M.

    this…is…amazing. “Crimson Peak” was at turns Gorgeous and Terrifying; i actually REALLY liked the thing – it was CERTAINLY one of the bigger cinematic surprises for me in ’15, what with it being relatively disliked by the critical establishment (see: Rottentomatoes …all one word) – it was NOTHING that i expected from The Reviews, NOTHING i expected from the previews – a frothy, heart-on-its-sleeve romance with the kind of cinematography and production values that horror films just don’t have too often, these days. it’s a future rainy day classic FOR SURE; something to put on that everyone can enjoy that’s neither too scary nor too complex.

  • Evan3

    I highly suspect this project, like the majority of GDT stuff will not ultimately happen (or if it does, it will happen without GDT). That stated, while I generally enjoyed these stories, but they don’t really make sense and were it not for the drawings, these wouldn’t be remembered. Sadly, GDT has been more style over substance in his last few outings, so I guess this would be a perfect match.

  • DeadInHell

    This would be brilliant. Those books were some of my earliest introductions to horror, and made a lasting impression as a very young child. And Guillermo Del Toro would be the perfect one to bring those nightmares to life.

    I wonder, will it be an anthology, like the books? That does seem to be all the rage lately.