Coming Soon: Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

Becky Aurit

Like and good child of the 80s, I spent a little too much time reading the "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark" books. This mostly resulted in me working myself into an irrational state of fear based on the stories I read recently. I convinced myself that a Wendigo was going to pay a visit to winter Girl Scout Camp, and had to spend nights hiding my head in my sleeping bag. I also spent an evening shoveling, convinced that the woman whose head was held on by a ribbon was wandering around in South Minneapolis.

In Minnesota we learn to shovel at a young age.

Naturally, when I saw that there was a "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark" movie coming up, I had to take a chance and watch the trailer. Unfortunately, the movie looks like it will live up to the childhood creep-factor that I created for myself.

I originally expected "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark" to a Goosebumps style kids' movie, but in reality is a full on horror flick. The premise of the story is that a group of teenagers find a book in a haunted house, which appears to be written in blood. Over the course of the trailer, we see that the stories in the book are coming to life and attacking townspeople.

"Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark" is produced by Guillermo del Toro, which you can see in the scariness of the various story-inspired monsters. There is a scarecrow, which attacks the school jock and causes him to go missing. One of the teens is also visited by a corpse who is missing a toe. Obviously, this isn't stuff that is intended for young people.

One criticism I have is that it seems like "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark" is going for a bit of a "Stranger Things" vibe. It's set in the 1960s, and definitely plays in nostalgia. This has become to feel a bit overdone to me, but at least they had the restraint to not cast Finn Wolfhard.

"Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark" will be in theaters the weekend of August 9-11. Apparently I will be viewing it on my own, because my husband declared, "I'm not seeing that" after a spider-related scene in the trailer.

Watch the trailer for "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark" on YouTube

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