Tonight director André Øvredal and producer Guillermo del Toro of the upcoming Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark hosted a panel at SDCC. The panel was more of a lecture really, as the duo happily addressed an enthusiastic audience – an audience I am very jealous of – while providing tips on creating iconic creatures of horror.
del Toro got all nostalgic as he discussed the very first moment he saw Scary Stories in a bookstore. He talked about how horrifying he found Stephen Gammell‘s illustrations. Horrifying in the best possible way, of course. The conversation then shifted to the challenges del Toro and Øvredal faced with actually making a story out of this particular series.
Alvin Schwartz’s Scary Stories was first released back in 1981. The books act as an anthology series that consisted of short stories and poems that didn’t connect beyond being super spooky. Rather than making an anthology movie, like Creepshow, del Toro stated, “I thought that could be great if there was a book that could read you and what you are most afraid of. And the theme became the stories we tell about one another.”
Which makes sense. In order to adapt the series in the way they wanted, del Toro and Øvredal would need to create a whole new world that would allow all these creatures/illustrations to come together naturally. The duo thinks they’ve found the perfect setting in America, 1968, in the fictional town of Mill Valley. This is where the infamous Bellows family legacy looms over the tiny town. A young member of the family, Sarah, puts the details of her tortured and horrific life into a series of scary stories. They are just stories, right? A group of teenagers that discover the book is about to find out.
Since the panel’s ending a spooky new poster has surfaced online highlighting the very creepy Jangly Man. Check it out below!
Prepare yourself. The stories come to life on August 9th.
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